Skin Hormones

Have you noticed more wrinkles lately?  Your hormones could be to blame.

One of the most important factors involved in aging skin is your endocrine system.  The endocrine system is a collection of glands that are responsible for making and regulating chemical messengers called hormones.  Hormones influence every cell in the body including skin cells.  As we age, these hormone levels begin to decline.  Not surprisingly those individuals with poorer eating habits, chronic stress and sedentary lifestyle are seeing even greater declines in their hormone levels.

Estrogen:  Probably the most widely known of all the hormones for its affects on menopause.  During menopause the ovaries cease to produce estrogen and the task falls onto the adrenal glands, small glands that sit on top of each kidney.  When they cannot sustain the demand we start to see declining levels leading to hot flashes, insomnia, weight gain and wrinkles.  In the skin, collagen production is drastically affected by the decline of estrogen, since one of estrogens’ primary roles is maintaining skin moisture and thickness.  New research has shown improvements in skin elasticity, moisture and thickness with the use of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT).

Testosterone:  More commonly thought of as the male hormone, but when estrogen levels drop an imbalance develops.  In the skin, excess testosterone leads to male-pattern baldness, increased oiliness and adult-onset acne.

Thyroid:  Thyroid hormones produced by the butterfly-shaped gland located at the front of the neck also affect your skin health.  Too much thyroid hormone can lead to the skin being flushed, sweaty, and dry.  Too little, also know as hypothyroidism, makes the skin dry and scaly.

If your not taking care of your skin holistically, then there are only so much skincare products and treatments can do for you – even if they are expensive.  Book a skin consultation with Dr. Clement for a customized program that specifically addresses these hormonal concerns.