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Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

It’s a little known fact but we wear our hormones on our face!

You can get all of the face work and Botox in the world but hormonal health is how to keep your skin looking as young as possible.

Too little hormones will leave you looking (and feeling), tired. Estrogen, testosterone, thyroid, Growth Hormone, melatonin, and the adrenal hormone DHEA (the most abundant hormone in us), keep our skin bright, supple, moist and less wrinkled.

The small creases that crowned my upper lip convinced me to become an anti-aging medical physician. When I was a mere 43 years old I was plucked from the audience as an example of “premature aging.” To my surprise, the lines on my face told the story of what was happening inside…..my thyroid was underactive, my adrenal glands were too stressed to make enough DHEA, my ovaries were not making much estrogen and testosterone, and growth hormone and melatonin were no longer pulsing in me. I was literally drying up.

Here’s a brief list of what happens to your skin and hair when certain hormones are too low:

Low Estrogen: fine lines form around your mouth, your skin and eyes become dry, your hair thins, crow’s feet form, and forehead wrinkles multiply

Low Testosterone: causes facial wrinkles to increase at a faster rate

Low Thyroid: you’ll notice dry, scaly skin, thinning eyebrows- especially the outer brows, your hair becomes brittle and thin, and your face/eyelids can look puffy

DHEA: the plus side of low DHEA is less leg and underarm hair, but with that your skin and hair is depleted of its natural oils, losing sheen and healthy glow

Melatonin: in addition to poor sleep, low melatonin makes you look generally older than your age

Growth Hormone: lack of growth hormone causes your upper lip to thin and makes the jaw line look smaller. It also causes deeper skin wrinkles.

Hormones have been given bad press but it’s time to set the record straight. Did you know that the WHI study which damned hormones did NOT show any increase in breast cancer in women taking only estrogen? Only the women in the WHI study who used synthetic progesterone (Provera) had an increase in cancer.
Despite the safety of natural hormones, the media hype surrounding this 2001 study caused hormone backlash. Millions of women stopped all forms of hormones causing epidemics of bone loss, insomnia, depression, and sexual dysfunction, not to mention a lot of sad skin and bad hair days.

Ask you doctor to measure these hormones:

DHEA-S, for adrenal DHEA
TSH, free T3 and free T4 Thyroid hormones
IgF-1 for growth hormone

Sex hormones such as Estrogen and Testosterone are safe to use if you use bioidentical forms, in a balanced way, (always use progesterone with estrogen). Never eat estrogen, take it by the skin. Melatonin and DHEA are available over the counter in most pharmacies.

European studies have shown that using bioidentical estrogen by skin lotion, balanced with natural progesterone was safe. Educate yourselves and your doctors about safe uses of hormones so that you can look and feel even better after 50.

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  1. Julie Clayton  |  June 18th, 2013

    I am 69 years old. I am very sorry now that I did not take hormone replacement therapy in my 50s. Is it too late for me to use a product that will make me less tired and brighten up my skin tone?

  2. Phuli Cohan  |  June 19th, 2013

    Julie Clayton » Yes- first off, it is never too late to start DHEA, and most people need thyroid, melatonin and growth hormone support as they age. So get these tested and start these. Estrogen can be trickier for is you miss Estrogen benefits in your 5th decade you could have developed some plaque, (hardening of the arteries). If this is the case some hormone critics warn that starting estrogen, (which naturally acts to increase blood clots), could worsen preexisitng heart disease. I would consult with a cardiologist or savvy hormone expert about starting Estradiol later in life.

  3. Steve Wills  |  June 19th, 2013

    Hi Phuli,

    I have shared your latest post on my facebook account which inspired two suggestions:

    I want to add “share this” buttons to your website so that it is easier for your friends and readers to share your posts with their social network friends on places like facebook, twitter and linked in.

    I also want to change the little icon on the address bar to be custom to your site instead of that blue wordpress logo.

    I hope this find you, Bob, and the (not so little) ones well.

    Steve Wills

  4. Phuli Cohan  |  June 19th, 2013

    Steve Wills » Thanks! You’ll be happy to know I am in the process of completely redoing my website! In the meantime let me know if you can do these things easily I am smart about hormones not so savvy with the computer!

  5. Judy Griffin  |  May 3rd, 2014

    I am thrilled to have found another expert in Women’s Hormone Health. After reading a few books over the years I was convinced that Bio-identical hormones were a great idea. As a stepped into Peri-menopause I was agin revisited by a higher frequency of periods just like when I was 18. I found out later that it was a mistake for my gyno to put be in BIrth Control Pills. Amazingly this is still the go to protocol in convention medicine. So to resolve this high frequency, long duration, and major fatigue prior to onset began taking bioidentical hormones in 12/12. I feel leaps & bounds better now and after reading another book which encourages you to find the root cause before resorting to Bio-identicals, I wonder if I should turn backcthe clock using that protocol. I haven’t resumed my next cycle or hormones and wonder if there is a down side to stopping abruptly. I haven’t take the hormones since March. Do you have any advice for me?

  6. Phuli Cohan  |  May 4th, 2014

    Judy Griffin » It mostly depends on how you feel! If you have stable moods, good energy, sleep soundly and your sex drive is full and satisfying you may be all set. If not- restart and/or do some testing. Not sure of your age and if you are still cycling? Most women need hormone support to enhance their lives and slow the aging process. I have been on hormone support since age 43 and feel and look great!


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