Hair, Skin and Nail Problems Associated with Perimenopause and Menopause
Perimenopause can begin in the mid-40’s and can last for 3-4 years. Periods may become irregular and estrogen, while present, may decrease. In menopause, estrogen levels significantly drop to nearly undetectable. Without hormone replacement therapy, changes will occur in the skin, hair and nails due to the loss of estrogen.
SKIN changes in Menopause and Perimenopause
- Sagging and increased wrinkling
- Acne breakouts
- Unwanted facial hair
HAIR changes in Menopause and Perimenopause
- Hair loss and thinning
- Dry scalp and/or dandruff
- Dull, dry and brittle hair
- Increase hair fallout and reduction in hair volume/thickness
NAILS changes in Menopause and Perimenopause
- Dry, brittle nails
- Peeling, cracking, splitting and chipping
- Dry cuticles and hangnails
The decreased level of estrogen causes the following:
- Decreased production of collagen and elastin resulting in less structural support, decreased skin strength, and increased wrinkling
- Diminished glycosaminoglycans (GAG’s) reducing plumpness and thinning the thickness of the skin
- Less keratinocytes to protect the skin leading to increased susceptibility to trauma and poor healing
- Reduced sebaceous gland activity leading to lower production of moisturizing oils in the skin, less moisture retention, and dryness
- Limited keratin on nails contributing to peeling and breaking
- Shortened hair growth cycle and hair shedding because there are less estrogens to keep hair in the growth phase
- Unwanted facial hair and decreased scalp hair due to rising androgen levels that can also cause hair thinning, reduced hair length and diameter
Why not replace lost Estrogen?
- Not everyone is a candidate for HRT because estrogen replacement may increase risk of cancer recurrence in estrogen receptor positive breast cancer patients. It may augment the risk of heart disease, mood swings, uterine cancer and endometriosis in some, as well.
- In addition, HRT does not display definite predictable impact on hair loss.
What can be done to counteract the hair, skin and nail problems associated with perimenopause and menopause?
- Collagen supplements and topical products with collagen may stimulate collagen production
- Peptides and Lipids are the smallest, usable forms of proteins and biologically important oils…necessary building blocks for health skin, hair and nails. Interestingly, consumption of a healthy, balanced diet may not be enough for the 33% of adults over the age of 18 who have problems absorbing nutrients even from a healthy diet. Highly bioavailable powder supplements like BeautyScoop®, provide nutrients to those who have diminished absorption, and to those whose diet is lacking
- Hyaluronic acid supplements and topically applied provide moisture and hydration.
- Anti-oxidants taken via supplements and applied topically can reduce free radicals and prevent premature aging and wrinkling
- Biotin and calcium can reduce nail ridges and strengthen nails
- Glycolic and retinoic acids can be applied topically to increase cell turnover and promote collagen production.
- Sun protection applied topically and liberally, should contain broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection with zinc and titanium in an SPF of at least 30.
- Spironalactone can be prescribed as an androgen blocker to treat acne.
- Topical minoxidil can be used to slow down hair loss and encourage hair growth.
Why BeautyScoop® ?
BeautyScoop® patented and clinically proven dietary beauty supplement contains peptides, lipids, collagen, hyaluronic acid, biotin and other ingredients in a powder form with enables the body to use its highly bioavailable ingredients to make more perfect skin, hair and nails from within. Ingredients like flax seed oil (a great anti-inflammatory that can combat acne, an inflammatory condition), evening primrose oil (that stimulates collagen production, boosts elasticity, and provides moisture and hydration) and other powerful ingredients deliver rapid, meaningful and long-lasting results. Adding BeautyScoop® to a topical hair, nail and skincare regimen provides a comprehensive and complementary approach.
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