Aging skin is a major concern for menopausal women. It affects self confidence, wellbeing and relationships.
When signs of dryness, wrinkling and sagging contours become evident, many will resort to Botox, fillers, threading and so on.
The question arises, how long will these sustain rapidly aging skin?
As much as 30% of collagen can be lost within the first 5 years of menopause but using HRT [hormone replacement therapy] can be hugely beneficial.
When oestrogen levels are low all functions related to the skin are disturbed.
Oestrogen is important in maintaining moisture levels in the skin and with a diminishing supply of blood vessels, skin is less oxygenated and a slower cell turnover results. Dehydration leads to a dry flaky appearance to be expected thus the increased use moisturizers. night creams, ampoules and so onto fight the ageing process.
Women often wonder why at this stage of life outbreaks of acne can occur, this being due to hormonal imbalances with relatively higher levels of testosterone, leading to thicker production of sebum clogging the pores. The oestrogen / testosterone imbalance can result in unwanted growth of facial hair as well.
Oestrogen also keeps melanin production under control and with an increase those unwanted brown “age spots” make an appearance, strangely often called “liver spots” but having no connection to the liver ! A dermatologist can successfully remove these plus moles and warts with liquid nitrogen.
During this rather unpleasant stage of ones life, not only the face and neck show signs of sagging but arms and inner thighs are affected too.
Some will notice a difference in the distribution of fat tissue becoming predominant in the abdominal area but diminishing in breasts tissue.
In conclusion, under medical supervision, supplementation with adequate hormone replacement therapy is a necessity.
This being a positive way to lessen such rapid skin ageing in the first years of menopause by replacing the hormones that the body has lost.