Hormones play a key role in healthy skin and Chicago bioidentical hormone therapy doctors respond to recent survey results on how to avoid the wrinkles of time
No thin skin here…Windy city or not, Chicago is among the top 10 Best Cities for Your Skin, according to Daily Glow. Twenty bioidentical hormone therapy physicians agree; the right balance of estrogen, testosterone and other hormones play into the healthy skin. Wrinkles, age spots, crows feet and rosacia come with the territory of aging, but hormone experts advise on how health and wellness can help.
Ageology bioidentical hormone therapy physicians discuss hormone factors that point to healthy skin.
“Years before the start of menopause (and andropause in men) the same hormonal production shifts that drain your fertility and steal your sex drive start showing signs on your face,” said Dr. Paul Savage, Chicago bioidentical hormone therapy physician and Ageology CEO.
Hormones regulate many of the body’s critical processes and your skin is the largest organ in the body. So it stands to reason that hormones play a crucial role in the skin’s appearance which, in turn, can warn of impending health problems. Smoking and environmental issues also factor into your skin’s health.
Ageology shares how natural bioidentical hormones affect your skin during various stages of life, whether you live in Chicago or anywhere else in the world.
Teens Hormones and Skin: At the onset of puberty, which is usually around 12 or 13 years of age, girls’ bodies start producing more of the sex hormones estrogen and androgen. Both of the hormones affect the size of skin’s pores and oil production, leading to the development of a common teenage complaint: acne.
20’s and 30’s Hormones and Skin: Right before ovulation, women experience a surge in estrogen and testosterone levels. Rather than causing the skin to become oily, these hormones make the skin produce just enough sebum to glow. After ovulation, estrogen and testosterone levels drop and the skin reacts by becoming a little less springy.
Mid 30’s and 40’s Bioidentical Hormones and Skin: This is the decade many women begin exploring bioidentical hormone therapy. As a woman gets older, the reduced estrogen levels cause her skin to become drier and lose elasticity. As she enters perimenopause, the fluctuations in hormones may cause her to develop adult acne, thinning scalp hair, and more facial hair.
50 + Bioidentical Hormones and Skin: The levels of hormones are significantly less for women in this age group. This results in loss of collagen and elasticity. Skin becomes drier, thinner, and accumulates wrinkles. Women at this age may also suffer from other skin problems such as rosacea.
Chicago is home to the greatest number of skin care specialists out of any of the metropolitan areas surveyed, which is part of the reason Chicago landed on Daily Glow’s list. But Chicago is also home to some of the leading bioidentical hormone replacement therapy physicians. Between the two, you have a prime opportunity to keep your skin glowing.
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