4 Things No One Told You About Aging
Maintain a more youthful look by fighting skin and hair changes with hormone therapy.
Age has the potential to bring many indignities, and not all of them are obvious. Here are 4 age-related cosmetic issues that many menopausal women experience but few will talk about.
According to The North American Menopause Society, up to 15 percent of women experience an increase of facial hair after menopause, typically due to excess DHEA or testosterone. This condition is called hypertrichosis, or hirsutism in the case of hair growth that mimics the look of male facial hair. The new hairs may be dark or light, coarse or fine, and may occur in large areas or in a small cluster. Many menopausal women hide this problem (with varying degrees of success) by bleaching, shaving, or plucking these new hairs.
By the time they hit 50, roughly half of women will begin to experience thinning hair. This type of hair loss is often linked to testosterone sensitivity at menopause, but low thyroid may also be a culprit. Because hair loss is considered a “male problem,” many women are especially horrified to experience it, much less talk about it.
If you thought the embarrassment of acne was behind you years ago, think again. Many women develop oily skin at menopause and some even suffer from adult acne as a result. Normally, B-Estradiol (a type of estrogen) stimulates the production of nice fluid sebum to keep women’s skin lubricated and acne-free. But as estrogen production drops during menopause, testosterone takes over. It stimulates glands to secrete thicker sebum which gives the appearance of oily skin and can block pores.
Many women begin to notice more sun damage or age spots on their skin during menopause. They may compensate with makeup or more modest clothing to keep this problem under wraps. What is happening is that with the estrogen hormones that normally regulate the production of melanin in short supply, skin can become hyper-pigmented after UV exposure.
You Can Get Help
The good news is that because all of these age-related changes have a hormonal element, they can therefore be improved by restoring proper balance to your hormones. At Renew Woman™, we specialize in addressing all kinds of menopause symptoms, including the less obvious ones your mother, grandmother, and friends may have been able to hide from you. To beat these symptoms and more, schedule your consultation now for a personalized treatment plan.