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For some, symptoms appear to be a mere end to the monthly cycle. For others, it is a difficult process that can last for a few years and cause a variety of changes.
Menopause not only affects the internal body; it affects the skin as well.
Menopause and the Skin
The hormonal changes that occur during and after menopause tend to change the skin’s physiology in new and different ways. During Menopause women quickly lose their skin elastic fibres, mostly due to the decrease in estrogen levels. These fibres are what make your skin plum and bouncy. As it decreases wrinkles and creases progressively deepen.
A big problem is that hormones keep the skin hydrated. Estrogen is essential for skin hydration because it increases Glycosaminoglycans (GAGs and oil and improves barrier function and increases water retention. GAGs also deal with the support and maintenance of skin structural proteins such as collagen and elastin.
Studies show that women’s skin looses 30% of its collagen during the first five years of menopause. After that, a decline is gradual. Women lose about 2% of their collagen every year for the next 20 years. As collagen diminishes the skin loses firmness, begins to sag and jowls appear. The dreaded lines that run from the tip of the nose to the corners of the mouth begin to appear. Wrinkles that used to appear only with a smile or frown become visible all the time. There is no denying that skin changes in menopause. But the earlier you develop a preventative approach the better it is.
60% of woman confess to not knowing what early or premature menopause is.
Menopause naturally occur between 45 and 55 years of age. This will involve a nosedive in hormones. However, young women who undergo surgical menopause or early menopause show the same signs of accelerated aging as those who go through the natural process.
Their body stops making as much collagen, their skin elastic drops and that combined with hormone changes can cause sagging especially round the neck, jawline and cheeks.
Sagging Skin and Wrinkles:
Estrogens stimulate fat deposits over the female body; as estrogen levels drop during menopause, fat deposits tend to become redistributed and often becomes concentrated over the abdomen and/or on the thighs and buttocks. The result is a loss of supportive fat below the skin of the face, neck, hands and arms; this allows sagging wrinkles to appear. Also, fat deposits are reduced in the breasts, resulting in loss of firmness, which causes the breasts to begin to sag and flatten. Oh boy!!
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