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Andropause: Understanding Male Hormonal Changes and Its Impact on Skin

by Shermaine Chua 25 Mar 2024

While the infamous "midlife crisis" in men is often discussed and humorously portrayed, the concept of "male menopause" or andropause remains shrouded in taboo. Frequently used as a jest when men display certain behaviours associated with emotional sensitivity, the lack of awareness surrounding common symptoms of andropause can be very distressing, inducing feelings of shame or embarrassment, causing many to suffer in silence.

In this article, we aim to shed light on andropause as a natural part of ageing and provide insights into managing its effects, especially on skin.

Understanding andropause

Andropause is a condition that is associated with low amounts of the male hormone, testosterone. It is unlike menopause in that the decrease in testosterone and the development of symptoms is more gradual than what occurs in women. For men, the decline is steady at about 1% a year from around the age of 30 to 40. However, when testosterone levels gradually decline with age due to age-related changes and becomes really low, it is considered andropause.

Yet, it’s important to acknowledge that “male menopause”, or andropause, while not something that all men will go through, is still just part and parcel of getting older.

A few things can happen during andropause

Energy levels change

change in energy levels
Testosterone plays a key role in the production of erythropoiesis, which involves the production of red blood cells. A decline in testosterone leads to reduced red blood cell production, impacting energy levels.

Mood swings

mood swings
When testosterone levels are much lower as compared to cortisol levels (stress hormones), there’s a hormonal imbalance which can cause mood swings.

Skin thinning and dryness

dry and thin skin
Reduced testosterone levels affect sebum production, leading to dryness, wrinkles and sagging. So if you’re wondering why you’re only now experiencing skin issues when previously you’ve gotten on just fine with just a splash of water on your face every morning, this is why! Although, starting out on skincare as early in your adulthood as possible can minimise these effects later on in life. But it’s never too late to start. We recommend making skincare as part of your everyday routine to help you combat these skin issues.

Recommended skincare routine:
Absolutely Youthful Hydra Cleanser
A mild cleansing gel that gently but thoroughly cleanses and moisturises. It’s rich in antioxidants to prevent further cell damage and ageing.
Resveratrol Rooibos Anti-Oxidant Toner
Helps to maintain your skin’s natural balance while hydrating and protecting your skin cells.
Dose Of Omega 7 Hydrating Emulsion

Delivers intense hydration to nourish dry skin and seals moisture in for long-lasting hydration while boosting skin cell renewal for a smoother complexion.

4. Sunblock: Ultra-Fluid Tinted UV Protector SPF 25
Ultra-Fluid Tinted UV Protector SPF 25

Prevents and protects against sun damage while improving collagen and elastin production to improve the signs of ageing.

Recommended treatment:

Hydra O2 Multi-Solution Facial
Hydra O2 Multi-Solution Facial Hydra O2 Multi-Solution Facial
A blend of oxygen infusion technologies curated to deliver pure, precious oxygen into your skin to treat it from within. Combining it with all the natural and organic goodness of our skincare, this treatment serves to replenish your skin’s moisture level and restore its balance.

Understanding andropause empowers men to navigate this phase of life with awareness and proactive measures. By acknowledging the hormonal changes and incorporating suitable lifestyle adjustments and skincare routines, you can ease the impact of andropause, promoting overall well-being and confidence. It's never too early to start, so take charge and take care of your skin health way before the onset of any skin issues.
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