Your Skin During Menopause
Menopause brings a host of unwanted symptoms. While you may be familiar with hot flashes and mood swings during menopause, you may not realize the impact your hormones can have on your skin. During menopause, women experience a drastic decline in both estrogen and testosterone. In fact, testosterone levels at menopause are nearly half of what they were in your 20’s. While both of these hormones can affect the condition of your skin, it is the estrogen deficiency that produces most of the skin changes during menopause. Estrogen can impact your skin in terms of its thickness, moisture and elasticity. Consequently, your skin can look much more aged as you enter menopause.
How Does Low Estrogen Affect the Skin?
Your hormones play a significant role in many areas of your body. Considering that your skin is your largest organ, it comes to no surprise that when hormone levels suddenly drop, your skin reaps the consequences. The low levels of estrogen during menopause affect the skin in the following ways:
Less Moisture: You’ll probably notice that your skin is dryer than normal. According to the American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, estrogen is said to help maintain moisture in the skin by increasing the amount of hyaluronic and mucopolysaccharides acid in the skin. When this is depleted, the skin can look duller and more wrinkled.
Less Elasticity: Estrogen helps your skin retain its firmness because it supports collagen production. Collagen is one of the main building blocks of youthful skin. Without it, you may find that your skin sags more than normal, especially throughout the face and cheeks.
Less Protection: Research in the Clinical Journal of Aging reveals that estrogen can also protect the skin, especially in terms of photoaging – or the process of skin damage due to UV light exposure. It has also been found that estrogen aids in would healing, and you may even find that you bruise easier during menopause.
Hormone Balance Becomes Important
If these effects on your skin during menopause scare you, rest assured that there are ways that a gynecologist can help. Menopause symptoms (including those throughout your skin) can be reduced and managed with hormone balance. At North Pointe OB/GYN, we offer multiple options in menopause management, including recommendations for lifestyle changes as well as hormone replacement therapy, which supplements the body’s diminishing hormones with additional bio-identical hormones.
Has menopause taken a toll on your skin? Regain a healthy, youthful skin tone by balancing your hormones under the guidance of one of our reputable physicians. Call today for a consult.