If you think cancer is the only way to lose hair, think again. Ladies, say hello to menopause. Statistics say one third of women undergoing menopause experience hair loss. The hair growth also become different as it becomes slower. Studies say this can be attributed to unbalanced levels of estrogen and testosterone, with the estrogen becoming noticeably lower than the latter. This then causes a rise in testosterone and will cause not only hair loss but also hair growth in places you do not want them to be at.
This is truly alarming. But do not fret women, as this is not the end of the world, nor is this the worst symptom of menopause. Managing menopause gets harder everyday as more and more symptoms show up. Just like any other menopausal symptom, hair loss can be treated. Also, hair loss or what is medically called as alopecia, is only temporary and will improve in a matter of time.
Another down side is that hair becomes weak as well, causing it to dry up and break easily. Split ends become evident as a woman gets lower estrogen.
Another menopausal symptom is having dry skin. This leads to the skin being itchy and unhealthy. Again, this is caused by the decrease in hormones. Studies show that as the hormones decrease, the skin becomes less capable of producing oil glands which causes dry skin and even wrinkles.
Managing menopause: How do I manage these symptoms?
- First of all, do not panic. Keep in mind that these symptoms are normal and you are not the only one experiencing skin and hair issues.
- Find out everything you can in managing menopause symptoms such as these. Find out where and how it shows up.
- After your research, find out how you can fix your skinand hair issues. You may also consult your physician. But for basic tips, here are a few in managing menopause symptoms of skin and hair issues:
- Eat healthy food that can help bring back your old hair and skin. Food with zinc and flax seed oil can be found in whole grains, red meat, dairy, oysters and poultry. As much as possible, pattern your diet around these kinds of food.
- Use sun protection. The sun will do more damage to your hair and skin and you won’t even have a fight since your skin and hair are already weak. Get sunscreen. SPF 15 will do the trick. Also, protect your scalp from direct heat. Wear head gear.
- Moisturize. Use body lotion and moisturizers to keep your skin healthy. Aging skin loses its water and moisture, and menopause will cause your skin to dry more. So it is important to keep your whole body moisturized and looking healthy.
- vitamin D. Add your daily dose of Vitamin D that may be found in food such as Salmon, Tuna Fish, Mackerel, sardines, liver, beef, Nonfat milk, cheese specifically Swiss, pudding, liver, margarine and ready to eat cereals.