We have different periods throughout life with hormonal influences and hormonal changes are a normal part of aging. As we age, the levels of certain hormones have a significant impact in the body as they decrease, leading to various symptoms and health conditions.
Menopause: In women, the hormonal changes that occur during menopause can cause symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, and mood changes. These symptoms are caused by a decrease in estrogen levels.
Andropause: In men, the hormonal changes that occur during andropause (often referred to as “male menopause”) can cause symptoms such as fatigue, low libido, and mood changes. These symptoms are caused by a decrease in testosterone levels.
Thyroid changes: the thyroid gland can become less active, leading to a condition known as hypothyroidism. Symptoms of hypothyroidism include fatigue, weight gain, and cold intolerance.
Adrenal changes: the adrenal glands can become less active, leading to a condition known as adrenal fatigue. Symptoms of adrenal fatigue include fatigue, stress and anxiety
Growth Hormone (GH) decline: this can lead to decreased muscle mass, increased body fat and a decline in overall physical function.
Hormonal imbalances can also cause other health issues such as osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease and depression.
Hormonal changes can be managed with hormone replacement therapy, supplements, or lifestyle changes such as exercise, diet and stress management.
How do hormonal changes impact skin?
They play a major role in the health and appearance of the skin, hair and also influence our behavior. Lets go over some examples:
Testosterone is a male hormone that plays a role in the development of male characteristics such as facial and body hair growth. High levels of testosterone can lead to acne, while low levels can cause hair loss.
Hormones can also affect the skin by influencing inflammation levels. For example, the hormone cortisol, which is released in response to stress, can lead to inflammation, which can contribute to the development of conditions such as acne and eczema.
Hormones like estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone are also involved in regulating mood, sleep and behavior. They can affect cognitive function, memory, and emotions.
Hormones can also affect the growth and health of hair. For example, an imbalance of thyroid hormones can lead to hair loss, while an imbalance of androgens (such as testosterone) can lead to excessive hair growth on certain parts of the body.
Hormones also have an impact on skin health and appearance. For example, estrogen plays a role in collagen production, which helps keep the skin firm and elastic, while progesterone can lead to dryness and thinning of the skin. In addition, the skin’s oil production is also regulated by hormones such as testosterone, which can lead to acne and other skin conditions.
It is important to note that hormonal changes can occur due to natural aging, stress, diet, and other factors. Getting a routine baseline will help you know where and how we can help.