The effects of menopause on your skin

Menopause symptoms such as hot flushes, irregular periods, and mood swings are well documented and widely known about. But did you know that menopause can wreak havoc with your skin?


Some women will notice acne outbreaks during menopause. This is due to the hormonal fluctuations that happen at this time, similar to what happens around puberty. The drop in oestrogen can cause an imbalance that may result in acne and breakouts.


Oestrogen is responsible for stimulating fat deposits all over the body. This means that when oestrogen production declines during menopause, fat in a woman’s body may begin to distribute. The distribution of fat deposits is one of the causes of wrinkles and sagging skin, especially on the face and neck.


Menopause causes a slowing of oestrogen production in the body. Oestrogen helps with the production of collagen and natural oils that moisturise your skin from within. A lack of collagen and these natural oils can lead to itchy skin on your body and face.


Dry skin is one symptom of menopause that generally will not go away after a woman enters postmenopause. The lack of oestrogen in the body means that production of collagen and natural oils are likely to slow down for good. It is important to take special care of your skin during this time and beyond.


Hyperpigmentation, or ‘age spots’ are another change to your skin you may notice during menopause. Because oestrogen controls the production of melanin in a woman’s body, the decline in its production can lead to dark spots appearing on a woman’s face, chest, neck, arms, and hands. It is especially important at this time to protect your skin from the sun.

While these effects may seem unpleasant, there are topical solutions available that can slow and even reverse some of the effects listed above. To find out more, speak to your health care professional today.

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