Understanding How Menopause Affects the Skin

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smiling mature womanIf you feel like your complexion has changed with the onset of menopause, you’re not alone. It is very common to notice changes to your skin during this stage of life, as declining estrogen levels play a significant role in slowing collagen production.

Here are some of the most common skin conditions that tend to occur with menopause, as well as some tips for improving the overall look and feel of your skin.

Thinning Skin

With lowered collagen production, blood flow, cell turnover rates and increased water loss, menopause often leads to thinning skin. This can cause lines, wrinkles and dark under eye circles to appear more pronounced.

Cosmetic treatments such as hyaluronic acid dermal fillers can help to plump your skin’s appearance and restore a more youthful look.

Oily Skin

Declining estrogen levels also lead to unmasking of androgens, such as testosterone. In turn, testosterone stimulates increased and thickened production of sebum, thus giving the skin an oily appearance. Increased sebum can also lead to increased acne in some post-menopausal women.

Brown Spots

Recent studies have indicated that estrogen plays a part in the regulation of melanin, the pigment that gives your skin its color and offers UV protection. In regard to menopause, the decrease of estrogen that occurs can lead to decreased production of melanin. With lowered melanin production, your skin can become more susceptible to signs of sun damage such as age spots and wrinkles.

Remember to wear daily sunscreen to help keep your skin protected from UV rays.

You can also use an antioxidant serum or talk to your dermatologist about rejuvenating skin treatments that can improve your skin’s tone and texture.

Hot Flashes

Warm skin, especially on your face, and excessive sweating are common symptoms of menopause. This is also linked with a sudden drop in estrogen. For some relief from these symptoms, try gently misting your face with a facial water. This not only helps to cool you off, but it can also lock in moisture for a soft, supple look and feel.