“Changing levels of estrogen and testosterone are responsible for the massive hormonal shifts that occur during menopause but, many don’t realize that they can also wreak havoc on a woman’s skin,” reportsAgeology CEO and Bioidentical Hormone Therapy Expert Dr. Paul Savage.
Remember when you thought you were finally over those skin issues you suffered as a teen? For years you enjoyed balanced, clear, glowing skin and you thought that was one of the many hidden benefits of aging. And then, you wake up one morning and suddenly you notice dry skin, acne, oily skin, whiteheads, deep zits and worst of all you’ve lost your fabulous glow.
“Hormonal imbalances can cause many irritating prepubescent skin issues like acne while simultaneously causing dryness, lines and wrinkles. But with a straightforward skincare regime, some basic lifestyle alterations and hormone therapy women can restore that youthful glow,” Savage notes.
The Science: Estrogen and Testosterone Strike Again!
Somewhere between the ages of 40 and 58 when most women enter menopause the production of estrogen slows down. Estrogen is the powerhouse hormone that stimulates the maturation of a girl’s body at puberty and keeps our bones strong as we age. Estrogen is also responsible for stimulating the formation of skin-smoothing collagen and oils. That’s why, as menopause approaches and estrogen production diminishes, dry, itchy skin can become very common. The reduction of estrogen and the changing ratios of hormones in your body, don’t just slow down your body’s oil production, they also reduce your body’s ability to retain moisture. To make matters worse, surges of testosterone that can occur during perimenopause and menopause cause acne, not only on the face but on the back and chest, as well. In other words, the same hormonal shifts that gave you prepubescent skin issues are working again to break down your collagen and elastin and thin the dermis, leading to fine lines and wrinkles.
So, what’s a woman to do?
7 Tips for For Skin Care During Perimenopause and Menopause
To help turn problem skin into smoother, fresher skin, Dr. Paul Savage offers these quick tips:
- Eat Smart! Smart fats like the omega-3s found in salmon, walnuts, fortified eggs, or algae oils help strengthen your skin’s oil barrier and are vital in keeping skin hydrated. Make sure no more than 30 percent of the calories you consume are coming from carbohydrates, and of those carbohydrates, make sure the majority comes from fresh fruits and vegetables high in vitamins and minerals. Forty percent of your diet should be in the form of lean protein, and 20-30% percent from healthy fats. Keeping salt to a minimum is also important for fluid retention.
- Drink Water! Hydrate from the inside out by drinking water. Follow the easy to remember “8 x 8 Rule.” That’s at least 8 ounces of water eight times per day. Equally important is reducing or eliminating alcohol and nicotine, both of which can prematurely age and dry your skin.
- Exercise increases Collagen! All women 35 and older need to exercise 20 to 30 minutes a day. Exercise increases your circulation and gets oxygen to your tissues. Exercise, which is important in menopause for heart and bone health, can keep skin healthy as well by increasing the amount of nutrients and oxygen that make it to your skin. Exercise, like estrogen, can increase collagen, one of the key substances that keeps our skin youthful. Not only will you feel better, but your skin will also thank you.
- Avoid Hot Water! Hot showers using scented, antibacterial, or deodorant soaps can be harsh, removing your body’s essential oils and leaving skin itchy and dry. Instead, reach for a gentle unscented bar or cleanser and turn down the hot water.
- Moisturize! Within a few minutes after your warm shower, smooth on your moisturizer. Topical antioxidants such as vitamin C or green tea also work wonders. Other moisturizers recommended by the experts include petroleum jelly, shea butter, hyaluronic acid, and lactic acid.
- Exfoliate! Help moisturizers penetrate the skin by sloughing off the top layer of dead skin with a gentle scrubbing or by using products containing alpha- or beta-hydroxy acids.
- Balance Your Hormones! Go straight to the source of the problem and get your hormones in check. Have your estrogen and testosterone levels checked by your Ageology physician and get back on the fast track to restore your glow!
Long-term hormone therapy used earlier in menopause is associated with fewer wrinkles and less skin rigidity in postmenopausal women, according to a Yale School of Medicine research report published in the August 2005 Fertility and Sterility journal.
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