From social activities, to work, to feeling comfortable in yourself, the passage of time need not be a barrier.
We all go through puberty and half of our population will see the process in a sense reverse. Oestrogen production will fall away, whilst the male hormones (androgens) we all have, such as testosterone, tend to retain their levels.
45 to 55 is a common age for the menopause, although this can happen in your late 30s, to early 60s and brings a multitude of changes. The most visible may be on your skin, from increasing lines, to age spots, or adult acne.
Your skin can become thinner, drier, bruise more easily, the oestrogen which contributed to forming collagen and elastin is no longer doing so. A change in hormonal balance can also affect oil production, or bring unwanted hair growth.
None of this sounds to be good news but there are effective, modern treatments for skin conditions brought on by the menopause.
One suggestion applies to almost everyone, regularly using sunscreen. Alongside stopping cumulative damage which could lead to skin cancer, this can prevent the sun’s rays from speeding up the ageing process.
A good moisturising routine may help, although other over the counter products don’t deal with underlying causes, tend to be of weak strength and might not be suited to your skin. Professional input to the next phase of your life is worthwhile.
Understanding your symptoms, skin type, medical background and ongoing needs helps to ensure treatment is effective. A dermatologist can balance medical and aesthetic requirements, along with offering a range of tailored care.
Longer term medication can help to prevent ageing symptoms. Hormone therapy is a well known option but could have unwanted effects and needs to be assessed as suitable for you, as is the case for most options.
Topical treatments used for teenage acne are an example, which may be too harsh for drier, thinner skin. Retinoids, or peptides can help with symptoms of ageing, if this is right for your skin, although direct intervention may be a better choice.
- Laser Treatment – Which can be highly focused, to remove problem areas and stimulate cell growth without damage elsewhere.
- Chemical Peels – A medical as well as cosmetic treatment, which can reduce lines, wrinkles, scarring, smooth your skin.
- Hair Removal – Medication, or specialist creams may assist, although laser treatment can again be an ideal solution.
- Microdermabrasion – Removes older, upper skin layers and helps to trigger the production of new skin cells.
These treatments can be ideal for age spots, acne, broken capillaries, sun damage and far more. Used individually, in a coordinated approach, or alongside medication, depending on a careful assessment of your needs.
Care At Our Clinic
The highest professional standards matter but so does treating people as individuals. Along with carefully studying your skin, our team appreciate the psychological effects the menopause can have and the importance of an holistic approach.
Our treatments are there to solve visible issues, often to stimulate collagen production to allow for hormonal changes, yet they are health focused.
A personal treatment plan should include advice, from which cleansers, or soaps to use, to wider medical needs. If you, or our team spot a new, or changing lesion, a skin cancer specialist is there to offer support.
Ageing, or menopausal outcomes are not ready mapped events. We can address them in a positive way, whilst giving consideration to your health, by offering cosmetic dermatology in a dedicated environment.