Know Your Hormones to Combat Skin Ageing
Request Free Consultation
Know Your Hormones to Combat Skin Ageing

Know Your Hormones to Combat Skin Ageing

16 Jun, 2015 0

Do you have lifeless hair, dull skin, and weak nails? If so, your new year’s resolution may be to turn back the clock and resolve these issues. I suggest starting your anti-aging regimen with an inside look at your hormones.

 

 

Hormones affect everything from our immune response and inflammation to cellular growth and tissue repair. Let’s address each of the major hormones that impact our appearance and discuss methods you can use to achieve the healthy balance necessary for radiant, youthful looking skin.

Insulin

High levels of insulin can accelerate wrinkling of the skin. Excess insulin occurs with an overindulgence of foods high in sugar, such as pastries, muffins, white pasta, white rice and juice cause spikes in blood sugar and insulin. Avoiding these foods while also consuming a balanced diet of protein, carbohydrates and healthy fats every three to four hours will help keep your insulin levels balanced. Supplements such as chromium or conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) may help improve your insulin sensitivity, which results in less insulin release and overall lower insulin levels. Sleep deprivation is also associated with high insulin levels, so a great night’s sleep is essential.

Cortisol

Stress is not only bad for your health, it also has documented aging effects on our skin cells. Studies conducted on laboratory rats, revealed that cortisol-induced collagen loss in the skin is ten times greater than any other tissue; It is one of the biggest culprits of dull, thin, and sagging skin. Anything that beats stress, beats aging too. Herbs like Aswaganda are known to provide adrenal support.

Estrogen

Estrogen is produced by the ovaries prior to menopause and by the adrenal glands after menopause. Your adrenal glands will produce less estrogen if they are fatigued, which is common with a stressful lifestyle, sleep disruption, irregular eating habits or illness. Estrogen levels begin to decline in most women in their mid to late 40s although some women, particularly those who are very thin, may experience a drop much sooner. Less estrogen production that naturally occurs with age makes our skin thinner and less elastic, which leads to more wrinkling and sagging. As estrogen dips, less collagen and elastin are produced. Estrogen also helps skin stay moist by boosting hyaluronic acid. A 1997 study of 3,875 postmenopausal women concluded that estrogen supplementation helped aging women have younger looking skin and also helped maintained skin’s collagen, thickness, elasticity and ability to retain moisture.

Simple dietary changes can also help support healthy estrogen levels through the intake of phytoestrogens, such as flaxseed and fermented soy products. Have one serving of organic, non-GMO soy along with two tablespoons of ground flaxseeds in your smoothies or salads, daily. Increase your intake of vegetables such as broccoli and Brussels sprouts — they contain indoles, compounds that are essential to healthy estrogen balance. Herbal products such as licorice, angelica, red clover or black cohosh are also used to support healthy estrogen levels. Natural hormone replacement in the form of creams containing two types of estrogen (estriol and estradiol) may also be beneficial, but these need to be obtained by prescription through your doctor.

Testosterone

Excessive testosterone, in women or men, may result in acne on the face, chest or back. With age, women tend to experience an increase in androgen (a male sex hormone) levels and a decline in estrogen, while men tend to experience the opposite – an increase in estrogen and a decline in testosterone, which causes the skin to dry out. If a testosterone deficiency is suspected, herbs such as tribulus terresteris, stress management and weight-bearing exercises may help to restore optimal levels for both men and women. You can also ask your doctor about bioidentical testosterone cream. For women who suspect too much testosterone, consider a supplement of saw palmetto.

DHEA

Dry skin is a problem that increases with age. Interestingly, DHEA turns on oil production and seems to help combat this problem and improve hydration. DHEA is a hormone that is a precursor to other hormones, such as estrogen and testosterone. DHEA levels tend to decline with stress as well as with age. DHEA also increases the production of collagen, making skin appear smoother and younger looking. Our skin’s immunity also appears to improve with DHEA, which may help healing. DHEA supplements are not, however, without risks and, like all other hormones, should not be taken unless a clear deficiency has been established through proper assessment. Good sleep habits may also help establish healthy DHEA levels.

Melatonin

A proper beauty rest is achieved by sleeping in a pitch black room. Melatonin and serotonin, our happy hormones, are produced in our skin from the amino acid tryptophan. Note that if we do not get enough protein in our diets, melatonin levels may also decline. According to a July 2005 article from the journal Endocrine, melatonin is involved in hair growth and protection against melanoma. As an antioxidant hormone, melatonin guards us from UV radiation and appears to play a role in repairing burned or damaged skin. Whether it’s applied topically or taken internally, melatonin may shield us from environmental and internal stressors. If you choose to supplement with melatonin, 1 to 3 mg taken sublingually at eight to nine p.m. is optimal.

Progesterone

Contrary to estrogen, progesterone levels often begin to decline in women in their mid to late 30’s, which leaves our skin looking dull and lacking luster. Ever wonder why pregnant women seem to have that special glow? The secret is the high level of progesterone. This revitalizing hormone is beneficial for skin elasticity and circulation. Progesterone levels decline with menopause as well as with stress. Low progesterone levels are also associated with conditions like PMS, fibrocystic breast disease, infertility, increased risk and incidence of miscarriage as well as polycystic ovarian syndrome. Men with prostate conditions also tend to have low levels. Progesterone levels may be supported with the use of evening primrose oil, herbs such as chasteberry or natural progesterone creams. Stress management and sleeping well is also crucial to maintaining healthy progesterone levels.

Growth hormone

If your skin is sagging—in your cheeks, chin or above the knees—declining growth hormone is probably the culprit. Since growth hormone tends to drop off as we get older, supplements are promoted as a way to “reverse” the effects of aging. Growth hormone is essential for skin-cell repair and the prevention of sagging. The production of growth hormone is closely linked to our exercise, sleep and nutritional habits. If we fail to exercise, sleep well or do not consume enough protein, we are literally accelerating the aging process because of a decrease in this repair hormone.

Now that we have a greater understanding about the hormones that regulate our biological clock, it is easier to understand the roles of Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy. Bio-identical hormones are 100% identical in chemical structure to those that are found in the human body. Unlike synthetic hormones, which are used in conventional HRT, bio-identical hormones are not recognised as foreign to the body. Although bio-identical hormones are natural, it is important to note that too much of any hormone can be dangerous if dosed inappropriately. That is why it is important to monitor hormone levels and symptoms as required for each patient. The doctor can then customise a hormone therapy based on the needs and symptoms of the patient.

Dr Aarthi Maria

Recent Posts

The Nightmare Called Cellulite

The Nightmare Called Cellulite

10 Nov, 2019 2

Cellulite is a mattress or orange peel like appearance that affects the skin in most women and some men. Studies show that over 80% of women have some degree of cellulite.

Read More
Serotonin – The Brain Gut Connection

Serotonin – The Brain Gut Connection

25 Oct, 2019 0

Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that is involved in the transmission of nerve impulses. Brain levels of serotonin, the ‘happy hormone’ depend on the amount of

Read More
Adiponectin – Secret Weight Loss Weapon

Adiponectin – Secret Weight Loss Weapon

10 Oct, 2019 0

Adiponectin is not only a small protein produced in fat cells but also a hormone. Being naturally produced by the body, adiponectin plays an essential and fundamental role in

Read More
Soulful Passion

Soulful Passion

25 Sep, 2019 0

Dear Readers, For a change, lets talk about inner beauty. The ever elusive word so subjective in its meaning yet so profound a notion. The actual source of that twinkle

Read More
The Sunshine Vitamin

The Sunshine Vitamin

10 Sep, 2019 0

Dear Readers, It has been a slow day today. The weather's a tad bit gloomy and endless cups of coffee have been at my disposal since morning. I had just reviewed some b

Read More
Psoriasis

Psoriasis

25 Aug, 2019 0

Psoriasis is a common skin condition that can affect anyone, although it's more common in people between the ages of 15 and 35, according to the National Psoriasis Foundation

Read More
Platelet Rich Plasma – A Natural Way to Heal

Platelet Rich Plasma – A Natural Way to Heal

10 Aug, 2019 0

Welcome back Readers, Just some time ago, the renowned Asia Aesthetics and Beauty Expo took place in Kuala Lumpur. This annual event is much awaited for by beauty enthusia

Read More
Birthmarks

Birthmarks

17 Jun, 2015 0

Introduction Birthmarks are coloured marks that are visible on the skin. They're often present at birth or develop soon afterwards. The two main types of birthmark

Read More
Know Your Hormones to Combat Skin Ageing

Know Your Hormones to Combat Skin Ageing

16 Jun, 2015 0

Do you have lifeless hair, dull skin, and weak nails? If so, your new year’s resolution may be to turn back the clock and resolve these issues. I suggest starting your anti

Read More
Are you Magnesium Deficient?

Are you Magnesium Deficient?

11 Jun, 2015 0

Dear Readers, Firstly, my heartfelt apologies for this long interim of absence. I was a little surprised, when I realised my last post was almost 6 months ago. I guess tim

Read More
Adrenal Fatigue and You

Adrenal Fatigue and You

19 Jan, 2015 0

The adrenal glands are small glands located on top of each kidney. They produce hormones that you can't live without, including sex hormones and cortisol. Cortisol helps you

Read More
Diabetic Foot Ulcer and Platelet-Rich Plasma

Diabetic Foot Ulcer and Platelet-Rich Plasma

15 Jan, 2015 0

Dear Readers, First and foremost, my advanced apologies for the long absence since Christmas. The season to be jolly truly turned out to be one with never ending things to

Read More
Stem Cells

Stem Cells

17 Dec, 2014 0

Dear Readers, Today let's take the opportunity to discuss the very elusive and less understood topic amongst many - stem cells. An overview of their origin, behaviour and

Read More
The Miracle Hormone – Melatonin

The Miracle Hormone – Melatonin

12 Dec, 2014 0

Dear Friends & Readers, Today, let's talk about the king of the hormones - melatonin. I am assuming that many of you may not have heard about this silent giant, who wo

Read More
Mediterranean Diet & Longevity

Mediterranean Diet & Longevity

10 Dec, 2014 0

Dear Readers, A warm welcome, following a restful weekend I hope. Today's topic will definitely delight the Malaysian individual. The Mediterranean diet was originally

Read More
Testosterone Replacement Therapy

Testosterone Replacement Therapy

6 Dec, 2014 0

Testosterone is the primary male sex hormone that is vital to keep in check man's primal and carnal desire. It is also critically involved in building lean muscle, burning fa

Read More
Beckers Naevus

Beckers Naevus

3 Dec, 2014 0

Hi guys, please don't get stumped by the slightly confusing title. Beckers Naevus is neither a name nor a brand. Ironically, this pretty name defines a relatively common s

Read More
Chemical Peel

Chemical Peel

3 Dec, 2014 0

Hello and welcome readers, Today I am going to highlight a fairly common skin treatment - chemical peeling. A novel procedure practiced since the days of Cleopatra and the

Read More
A Nourishing Morning Routine

A Nourishing Morning Routine

2 Dec, 2014 0

What makes up your mornings? A violent attack at the snooze button? Droopy eyes checking watsapp messages on the phone? Skipping breakfast because you had to dry your hair? I

Read More
Ageing

Ageing

25 Nov, 2014 0

Hi guys, Hope everyone's had a great weekend and a moderately decent Monday. Today's topic is of universal precedence, and often lurks in the minds of many. Some may be co

Read More
Skin Anti-Oxidants

Skin Anti-Oxidants

25 Nov, 2014 0

Firstly, a brief mention on anti-oxidants and its function. Antioxidants are man-made or natural substances that may prevent or delay some types of cell damage. Antioxidants

Read More
Fungal Infection of Nails

Fungal Infection of Nails

22 Nov, 2014 0

Today's topic highlights a common ailment that affects our nails - fungal infection, medically termed as Onychomycosis. Often confused with Athletes Foot - which is fungal in

Read More
Greetings

Greetings

21 Nov, 2014 0

Dear All, It has been a fantastic journey thus far. faceThe road to health and happiness used to be one less travelled. Fortunately enough, there has been a recent para

Read More

Get In Touch

Request Free Consultation