Tuesday, 06 December 2016
The Role of Hormones in the Skin
Hot sweats, sleepless nights, raging hormones and wild mood swings; the things your mother warned you about are now starting to happen. The slow demise of our biological clock can be disheartening but if nature no longer requires us to reproduce, I can only see this as a benefit to us as women. We spend most of our adult life planning periodically around our monthly cycle and unless you're planning a pregnancy, it's more of an inconvenience than anything else. For some, menopause signifies an end but I choose to think of it as a new beginning, a start to freedom and the control back of your body. While we have significantly increased our life expectancy over the past 100 years, average menopause age has remained the same. However, the beneficiaries of a longer, healthier life have a price to pay when it comes to our skin.
As perimenopause begins our oestrogen levels drop. Since oestrogen provides anti-inflammatory benefits, this helps to explain the midnight sweats and hot flushes. Next up is the decline of our collagen. Losing oestrogen means losing dermal collagen production and with it, elastin levels. This causes thinner, looser and sagging skin. We also see a loss of the number of blood vessels in our skin, resulting in a paler complexion lacking in nutrients. The decline in oestrogen happens much quicker than the decline of other hormones such as testosterone, which causes an imbalance. It's this imbalance of hormones in the female body that can contribute to excessive facial hair growth.
Don't throw in the towel just yet; this blog has a happy ending.
Think women got the short straw? Think again
Men get their fair share of hormone imbalances when it comes to puberty. Although it's a difficult time for a female, the male population probably draw the short straw on this front. Male changes are much less discreet and can become difficult to deal with.
Having a good understanding of how hormones, too much or too little, affect the skin will benefit us as practitioners with our consultation, diagnosis and choice of treatment. This will enable us to effectively put together a personalised management plan.
When it comes to skin we like to think outside the box. No skin is made equal and no diagnosis will be the same. The skin is affected by any internal changes from diet, lifestyle and, of course, hormones. We are very excited to introduce hormone testing and hormone replacement therapy into our practice for 2017. Keep your eyes peeled on the blog and our social media pages for more on this coming up very soon...
Written for you by: Emily, Face the Future