the saying, “beauty is only skin deep?” Well,
changes within a woman’s body, and in particular her hormone
balance, can actually show the first signs in that outward beauty.
Women who experience hair loss, increased wrinkles, persistently
dry skin, or even have outbreaks of acne may have a hormone imbalance.
Dr. Paoletti indicates that in the first year of menopause women
loose over 30% of their collagen—that wonderful protein
that keeps your skin plump and young looking.
When collagen declines, the texture of the skin changes significantly.
The elasticity of your skin decreases causing sagging and increased
pore size. Wrinkle lines become more noticeable.
A recent study (Schmidt et al.), investigated whether the topical
treatment with estrogen could reverse some of the changes of the
aging skin. After 6 months estrogen treatment, skin elasticity
and firmness had markedly improved. Similarly, wrinkle depth and
pore sizes had decreased by 61-100% in the groups treated with
topical estrogen. As an added benefit, those taking estrogen experienced
increased skin moisture.
While stress may also be a factor in these symptoms, occasionally
hair loss is caused from a loss of estrogen in postmenopausal women.
As estrogen decreases in menopause, testosterone becomes the dominant
hormone. This imbalance of estrogen to testosterone may lead to
the onset of facial hair growth, acne, and or the loss of hair
on the scalp. Hair loss however, is also commonly associated with
thyroid problems, so you should consult your doctor if you are
experiencing any of these symptoms.