The good news post menopause is..no more periods.
The bad news is..menopause can affect our skin.
1. Loss of Skin Elasticity
2. Dry Skin and Itchiness
3. Age/brown spots
4. Fine Lines
Rapidly declining estrogen and collagen levels post menopause are the reason for these changes in your skin.
Skin looks plump and hydrated when estrogen is present. As hormones decline, so do their roles in maintaining skin health and vitality. Your skin can become very dry, sensitive, and prone to irritation, inflammation, and rashes.
Loss of Skin Elasticity
Menopause and skin elasticity loss is related to a loss of collagen, elastin fibers, and hyaluronic acid - a molecule that helps the skin retain moisture. Laxity/sagginess appears most pronounced around our jaw and neck.
The Good News for your skin after menopause
Minimally invasive non-surgical procedures performed by dermatologists such as Laser resurfacing and IPL (Intense Pulsating Light) can be effective for tightening loose skin.
Dry Itching Skin
One of the lesser known signs of menopause is itchy skin. Because we produce less collagen, our skin gets thinner, produces less oils, and becomes dry and itchy. Itchiness can occur anywhere on our bodies, including our female parts.
Thanks to a drop in the hormone estrogen, our skin produces less oil and retains less water, causing skin to become drier post menopause.
Dryness coupled with slow skin cell turnover can also make our skin look lackluster.
What to do?
Switching to a gentle face cleanser that doesn't strip your skin of necessary oils will help. Look for ingredients like honey, fatty acids, aloe, and of course be sure to stay away from sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS).
To brighten skin, add a ritual of exfoliation to your skincare routine. Exfoliation stimulates blood flow and circulation while improving skin elasticity. We recommend 2-3 times a week.
Baths in colloidal oatmeal are proven to help relieve dry, itchy skin and are very soothing.
Skin becomes thinner by the time we reach menopause causing sun damage (age spots) to become more noticeable.
What can you do?
Look for products with Retinol and apply moisturizer with sunscreen daily--rain or shine. Micropeel type exfoliants remove surface layers of skin cells revealing smoother, clearer skin beneath. Our suggestions: Renew Triple Enzyme Micro Polish
Microdermabrasion is a special treatment performed by a professional who uses a device to remove surface layers of skin with tiny exfoliating crystals. Microdermabrasion can be effective for reducing the look of age spots.
Fine lines due to thin skin are another way menopause can affect our skin. Both are due to hormone changes. It may seem like overnight you have more wrinkles than you did the day before.
Hero ingredient for skin affected by menopause - peptides!
Peptides are amino acids that stimulate your skin to make more collagen. Studies report anti-wrinkle benefits with regular use of peptides in our skincare products and routines.
By the time you reach Menopause you're probably thinking, I thought I was finished with acne long ago!
During peri and post menopause the balance of testosterone and estrogen levels can cause sebum production to increase in our skin. This can result in breakouts of whiteheads and cystic acne. Diet changes, medication side effects, and stress can also trigger acne breakouts.
Fight acne with..
the right cleanser. Choose a cleanser without too many actives such as Vitamin C which can cause flare ups. Look for ingredients like honey or activated charcoal in a gentle, yet efficacious cleanser.
Next, choose a moisturizer with alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) to boost exfoliation and cell turnover. AHA's breakdown the build up of dry skin cells and reveal the smoother skin below. Always apply a serum and moisturizer while skin is still damp to lock in moisture. Our Suggestion: Flawless AHA Advanced Repair Creme
Menopause can affect the skin with a number of changes from moisture barrier issues to the structural integrity of our skin, but there are many solutions to keep our skin glowing and beautiful for the best years to come.