Hormones' role in postmenopausal hair changes

February 25, 2020

According to Diane Berson, M.D. dermatologist and faculty member at Weill Cornell Medical College, New York City, an additional issue postmenopausal women face is androgenetic alopecia, which can be influenced by genetics, diet, stress and hormone functions.

According to Diane Berson, M.D. dermatologist and faculty member at Weill Cornell Medical College, New York City, an additional issue postmenopausal women face is androgenetic alopecia, which can be influenced by genetics, diet, stress and hormone functions.

She recommends procedures such as light treatments and platelet-rich plasma (PRP), as well as nutraceuticals specifically targeting post-menopausal women and hair loss.

Dr. Berson suggests taking supplements such as ashwagandha, saw palmetto, vitamin E, curcumin, turmeric, DHT inhibitors and women’s balance products, which include additional antiandrogens and antioxidants to combat oxidative damage and inflammation that contribute to hormonal changes and hair loss.

“I think we're going to see more studies of hormone receptors and as therapeutic targets for postmenopausal patients. This can be both receptor agonists, as well as blockers, such as anti-androgens,” says Dr. Berson.

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