Hormone Therapy for Younger Skin
In the last century humans doubled their life expectancy – but the age at which menopause (hormone decline) occurs has remained stable at around 50 years of age. This means that more and more women live decades longer, but in a hormone-deprived state.
And a hormone deficiency opens up the door for many age-related changes and diseases. In addition to causing sexual issues, vaginal pain, mood swings, weight gain, osteoporosis and more, loss of female hormones also causes aging of the skin.
Fortunately, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy is now available to help re-balance hormones to reduce or reverse many of the effects of aging. In this article we will discuss the effects of hormones on the skin – and how hormone replacement therapy can “turn back the clock” on skin that is starting to show its age.
The Role of Hormones in Aging Skin
External factors like sun exposure (UV radiation), smoking and pollution can cause deep wrinkling and photodamage. But even avoiding these skin-damagers does not stop “intrinsic skin aging” which is governed by the body’s biological clock. Dryness, wrinkling, and loss of skin elasticity (sagging) are all part of the natural process of skin’s “intrinsic aging”. Many factors are involved in intrinsic skin aging – but hormonal changes specifically have a dramatic impact on skin aging.
Estrogen & Skin
Estrogen is the most widely known and discussed female hormone. In the skin, estrogens affect the skin’s thickness, formation of wrinkles and moisture levels. Estrogen increases production of Hyaluronic Acid, to maintain hydration and structural integrity.
In addition to reduced skin hydration, a lack of estrogen is also associated with the breaking down of collagen and elastin, the proteins that give skin its structure, tone and firmness., according to paper published in 2019 in the Dermatology Online Journal. The combination of dryness and loss of collagen leads to deeper and more prominent wrinkles.
But estrogen replacement can help increase the skin’s moisture content and collagen production – to maintain skin thickness and “plumpness” which keeps skin wrinkle-free.
Testosterone & Thyroid Hormones & Skin
Testosterone is the most well known male sex hormone, but it is also found in females. Thicker hair, and thicker and oilier skin are attributable to testosterone. This hormone is a “mixed blessing” for women since it can be associated with a later onset for showing signs of skin aging – but also is responsible for female pattern baldness. So, while “too much” testosterone can delay skin aging, it can also lead to hair loss.
And “too little” testosterone can lead to dry skin in both men and women – leading to the development of lines and wrinkles from lack of hydration.
The thyroid gland produces two thyroid hormones which affect everything from metabolism, to weight gain, body temperature, muscle strength, bone health, and even skin dryness. Too little thyroid hormone can cause skin to becomes dry and coarse- which of course leads to wrinkling and other signs of aging. Thyroid imbalance can also lead to thinning hair and eventual hair loss.
A simple blood test at AMAE can tell women in the Detroit area if they have too much – or too little – testosterone or thyroid hormone. And then bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can be prescribed (with a twice a year pellet) to help rebalance these hormones for optimal skin, hair and overall health.
Hormone Therapy for Younger Skin
Hormone balancing for skin improvement is a revolutionary new concept in skin care and anti aging aesthetics. For decades, doctors have been using hormone replacement therapy to improve lost sexual drive, reduce vaginal pain, stop “mood swings”, arrest osteoporosis, and much more.
Now clinical research has shown that replacing lost hormones can lead to improvements in skin elasticity, moisture, thickness / plumpness, smoothness and tone.
Clinical research studies have also shown that women who are prescribed bioidentical hormone replacement therapy have younger-looking skin with fewer wrinkles and less sagging.
And while hormone replacement typically will not improve sun damage, the effects of UV rays (such as sun spots, age spots and pigmentation) can be treated with our lasers (such as CO2RE) simultaneously with hormone replacement – for a complete anti aging package.
BioIdentical Hormone Therapy – Detroit Area
If your skin is showing frustrating signs of aging – including wrinkles, lines, sagging and loss of plumpness – your hormones may be at least partially to blame. And while topical skincare products can help “on the outside,” bioidentical hormone replacement rebalances your body to rejuvenate skin “from the inside out.”
In addition to helping you lose weight, stop hair loss, increase energy, and improve your sex life, hormone replacement therapy at AMAE in the Detroit area may be what you need to help restore your skin to a more youthful appearance.
If you live in the greater Detroit area, contact Dr. Ali at AMAE today for a complete hormone workup and diagnosis – and see what hormone replacement pellets can do for your health and your skin!
BioIdentical Hormone Therapy – Detroit Area : 248.335.7200