Your skin plays a pretty important role in protecting your body’s tissues and organs, but it, too, can be affected by life and the world around you. Your skin, which is affected by stress, injury, sun exposure, the food you eat, and lifestyle choices, also changes dramatically as you age – you’ll recall that all too well if you’ve experienced teenage acne! Unfortunately, aging is inevitable. So, here’s what you can expect to go through as you get older.
It’s 100 percent true when people refer to puberty as a time when hormones are raging. Puberty transitions a woman’s body from childhood into adulthood with the production of sex hormones, both male and female. Sex hormones estrogen and testosterone both affect the skin. Estrogen reduces pores, stimulates collagen and elastin, and keeps skin soft and healthy. Testosterone enlarges pores and increases sebum production, making skin more vulnerable to acne. An imbalance in these hormones typically leads to skin problems.
Through most of adulthood, hormones tend to be relatively stable, and many women experience healthy skin during this time. However, hormonal changes are almost certain to affect the skin. Diet and lifestyle can cause hormonal imbalances. Pregnancy may increase skin sensitivity, oiliness, and itchiness, or it may actually improve a woman’s skin if she previously had hormonal imbalances. But, as a woman gets older and nears menopause, estrogen levels decrease. By the mid 30s to 40s, skin becomes drier, looser, and weaker. Just before menopause, dramatic drops in estrogen levels can cause a resurgence of acne.
Menopause and Post-Menopause
Menopause usually comes around age 50. Here, ovarian estrogen ceases production, which reduces collagen and elastin production in the skin. This is what leads to skin sagging and wrinkles. It can also cause acne or other skin problems such as rosacea. In the years after menopause, collagen production continues to slow and the skin becomes increasingly dry, saggy, and wrinkled.
In the Meantime…Slowing the Process
While the mature years hold some less than pleasant surprises for your skin, taking care of it now will help your skin both today AND in the future. At Dr. Jones’s Medical Spa, you can receive advanced skincare treatments to revitalize your skin and protect it from the sun, elements, and aging. Here you’ll find a number of treatments that have been shown to minimize fine lines, hydrate the skin, reduce age spots, improve both the look and feel of the skin, aid in skin healing, calm sensitive skin, and more. Not only can you experience these benefits today, but the better you take care of your skin now, the healthier it will be in the years to come.
Take advantage of the Medical Spa by Dr. Jones and experience true skin rejuvenation and revitalization with VIVITÉ®, laser facials, HydraFacial MD®, chemical peels, and a variety of other relaxing services. For more information on what Dr. Jones can do for your skin as well as information regarding other treatments offered at the Medical Spa, contact us by calling 801-418-8172 or filling out our online contact form. We look forward to helping you look your best no matter what your age.