Menopause officially begins one year after a woman’s last period and is often accompanied by several symptoms. One such change is a decline in estrogen and progesterone, which negatively impacts the hair and skin. Here are several different skin conditions that may appear or worsen due to menopause and some tips for better skin after menopause.
Estrogen is a hormone that helps ward off acne. It’s the reason why many people utilize birth control to help fight hormonal acne during their formative years. Unfortunately, a decline in the hormone due to menopause leaves your skin at risk for acne flare-ups. To battle this common skin condition:
- Use cleansers with small percentages of salicylic acid to help alleviate clogged pores.
- Avoid harsh products that are overly drying, as they will further irritate your skin.
- Look into professional treatments such as Blue LED Light Treatments, Vi Peels, and other facials that are designed to treat acne.
Maybe you used to have oily skin but as we age our skin begins to lose the ability to retain water and produces less oil.
- If the air is dry in your home, a humidifier can help boost moisture levels in the air, a change your skin will appreciate.
- Bathe and wash your face with a mild cleanser. Choose one that has moisturizing properties.
- Always moisturize your skin after washing and follow-up liberally throughout the day whenever your skin feels dry.
- A professional facial or exfoliating treatment may help remove dead and excess skin.
During menopause, the pH level of the skin is no longer at its ideal, increasing the likelihood of irritation from your skincare routine. To combat skin irritation:
- Find your triggers. The key to fighting irritation is learning what is causing your skin to be irritated in the first place.
- Avoid scented products and other items that are known to cause rashes and worsen eczema or other skin conditions.
- Keep your skin moisturized. Decreased water content increases the likelihood of irritation.
- Check the pH levels on your products so that they align correctly with your skin’s needs.
Bruising and Slow Healing
To help protect your skin against bruising you will need to prevent future thinning of the skin and work towards continuing to maintain its thickness:
- Apply SPF daily. SPF will help protect the skin against sun damage which ultimately thins the skin further.
- Retinoids can thicken the skin due to enhanced cell turnover and increased collagen production.
- Other topicals and supplements such as arnica montana (topical), bromelain, and bilberry extract can help speed up (delete up) healing time.
- Take extra special care of your skin when you are wounded and be sure to consult with a physician at the first sign of infection.
During the menopausal transition, your skin will experience a decrease in collagen levels. This may result in the appearance of wrinkles and loose skin. There are many professional options available to help treat wrinkles, fine lines, loose skin, and jowls.
- The first line of defense against wrinkles is consistent SPF use.
- Adding retinoids and peptides to your skin care routine will help increase cell turnover and boost collagen levels.
- Laser treatments are a popular option as they are non-invasive and don’t have as much downtime as surgery. Some options are skin rejuvenation, skin tightening, and skin resurfacing.
- There are also many facials that can work at diminishing wrinkles such as Derma-peel and Vibradermabrasion.
- Botox and dermal fillers are another non-invasive way to reduce lines and wrinkles, especially on the forehead, for crow’s feet, and around the mouth and lips.
Please consult with a skincare professional before pursuing a skin care routine to ensure you are choosing the best options and maximizing your results. As your skin is at its most sensitive during and after menopause, it is imperative that any treatments or products you use will have a positive effect in the long run.