How Does Menopause Affect the Skin?Internal and external factors contribute to the aging process of skin
Menopause can be a very challenging time in a woman’s life, characterized by a range of physical and emotional changes including effects on the skin.
When women enter menopause, they can experience a 90% drop in estrogen levels and a 66% drop in progesterone, the result being dryer thinner skin. Although dryness is the more common complaint, there are also women who might suffer from acne breakouts one month to puffiness the next. Symptoms of menopause may include:
Internal and external factors contribute to the aging process of skin, with hormonal shifts cited as the main culprit. Rapid declines in estrogen and progesterone lead to a lesser production of collagen and elastin – ultimately resulting in a thinning of the dermis. Skin appears wrinkled and will begin to sag. The body’s natural production of hyaluronic acid along with a decrease in oil production leads to a common complaint of dryer skin. For some individuals, as estrogen decreases, testosterone becomes more apparent, potentially leading to sebaceous gland stimulation whereby one might experience oily skin, acne and facial hair growth.
By understanding the impact hormones have on biological aging, one can delay the onset and early signs of skin aging.
For younger women, starting a preventative skin regime prior to menopause makes good sense. However, more often than not women only seek solutions upon observing the first symptoms of menopause.
You can slow down the aging process by taking some simple steps. First maintain a good diet, exercise, don’t smoke and stay away from tanning beds. Focus on lifestyle changes that consider the health of your skin by wearing a good sunscreen and incorporating trusted anti-aging products.
Treatments for menopausal skin vary based on the specific issues one is experiencing, but the broader-based recommendations include:
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