mìsula® magazine


SMOOTHING THE ROAD TO TRANSITION

We would like to point out that FRAME® line, we also carry products that are formulated for transgender men and women in order to respond to their specific skin care needs, which is something that makes us quite unique in the market. Whether you are a transitioning (transgender) man or woman, the treatments and surgeries that can help you reach your goals can also be the source of drastic skin changes. The first medical step in the process for both male to female (MTF) women and female to male (FTM) men is usually hormone therapy. But hormones affect the skin in many ways. Male to Female (MTF) Women commonly take estrogen to feminize their features. While estrogen can help the breasts develop, increase body fat and slows the growth of body and facial hair, it also reduces sebum production. Sebum plays an important role in keeping your skin healthy. If you are already prone to dry skin, estrogen therapy may cause itching and dry skin. There are a number of things you can do to manage this problem, such as avoiding stress and applying unscented moisturizers. If you’re experiencing severe symptoms, you may need corticosteroids and tar cream to reduce the inflammation and itch. Estrogen also helps reduce body hair. However, it doesn’t completely eliminate facial hair. Laser hair removal, electrolysis, and eflornithine hydrochloride are all options women can consider for further hair removal. Ask a dermatologist about your skin concern! Female to Male (FTM) men take hormonal supplements formulated from testosterone. Unlike estrogen, testosterone increases sebum production. Severe acne is often the result, especially in the beginning. Hormonal acne causes deep, painful cysts and nodules. As it clears, scars often appear. Asking a transgender man to register as a female can be psychologically unsettling. Plus, healthcare professionals may be uncomfortable discussing the subject. As a result, many men don’t start this helpful acne treatment. In addition, testosterone increases body hair. But it may also drive male-pattern hair loss.  If you choose to undergo one or more gender-affirming surgical procedures, scarring can be significant. The traditional female and male face differ in many ways. The female face has a flatter forehead, smaller nose, and more prominent cheekbones, for example. Cosmetic surgery is costly and may not be for everyone. Neurotoxins and cosmetic fillers are a less expensive and less invasive way to soften a transitioning woman’s features. While it’s a struggle to find safe and affordable solutions to these problems, seeking these treatments from anyone other than a licensed professional can result in severe skin reactions and infection. In the worst case, it can lead to death. As the medical field grows to recognize the struggles and successes of transgender patients, dermatologists are realizing just how much they can help with the transitioning process and follow-up care. A recent study advises dermatologists to talk to their patients openly and respectfully about treatments and procedures they may not have much experience with. Make sure to find a dermatologist who isn’t avoiding issues simply because they’re personally uncomfortable. The more comfortable your doctor is with discussing your care, the more they can learn, and the better the care they can provide for you.