Whether you feel as though the menopause is imminent or whether it’s currently in full swing, changes to your skin, especially those that are negative, are something that you’re never willing to welcome with open arms.
Changes to your skin can, unfortunately, happen up to ten years before you experience other symptoms of the menopause. However, five years post-menopause is when dermatologists have claimed that the most damage is done, as collagen production falls by as much as 35%! The reason for this is down to those annoying alterations to your hormone levels which mean that less estrogen is being produced. With less estrogen in the body, your skin also becomes 50% thinner which can completely alter your face shape, as well as the quality of your skin.
Dr Graf is a Board Certified, Clinical and Research Dermatologist and Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. She says that “during perimenopause, you’re getting hot flashes, so you might find that your skin gets red. You might also have breakouts, and skin that was previously balanced might start to get dry or oily patches. Sometimes women experience rosacea at this point, too”.
With such a large combination of things that can alter the way your skin looks, understanding what the cause is, can prevent further skin mishaps.
With less estrogen being produced, you may find that your once combination-oily skin has been replaced by a dull, dry complexion. This can initially be confusing for you, and you may be confused as to what the best method for looking after your skin is. When dry patches begin to appear on your skin, you may be tempted to layer on a thick moisturizer. However, due to lower levels of elasticity in your skin, the thick moisturizer that you might have used pre-menopause is no longer suitable!
While you may think that staying on top of your pre-existing skin care routine will prevent changes, the drop in your estrogen levels is inevitable. The best way to limit those changes is by changing the products you use, to suit you now.
You may feel tempted to spend top dollar on all those anti-ageing creams that are advertised in every magazine, but although a lot of them are marketed at an older market, many don’t have any ingredients in them to prove that they will reverse the effects of ageing that you may be experiencing. So, when looking to invest in some high-quality skincare, you need to know what to look for to make sure that you’re not spending big bucks for something that essentially does the same as the pot of moisturizer that’s been in your bathroom cabinet for as long as you can remember.
Any moisturizer with collagen incorporated into the mix is sure to replace some of the levels that you’re now missing out on. The collagen will reduce the wrinkles that you might be seeing by increasing the firmness of your skin. The second layer of the skin is where the collagen is lost from. This layer, called the dermis, can benefit from additional collagen being added through skincare. So, if you’re looking for more than just a moisturizer, why not consider retinol?
Retinol is simply vitamin A and is available from the pharmacy. As well as promoting the production of collagen, it can tighten pores and improves the overall appearance of the skin – and who doesn’t want that? Retinoids also have the power to rebuild the living epidermal cell layer of your skin, which strengthens your skin and reduces wrinkles.
There are lots of other problem areas that you may find arise from the menopause. For example, if you’re experiencing menopausal acne, you need to use a product to combat the breakouts. The cause of acne is due to your skin attempting to acclimatize to the new, higher levels of testosterone in your body.
Although the acne that you may be experiencing is down to the same cause as when you were a teenager, the appearance is completely different. You’ll most likely not be suffering from pimples that sit on the surface of the skin. This is due to your skin not renewing as quickly as it once did, so it means that the blocked pores sit further beneath the surface of the skin.
Topical treatments are often best for those who are suffering from acne, so why not try out an ointment containing benzoyl peroxide to target those sneaky blemishes. Retinoids are also useful for this purpose.
Along with changes to your skin, you may find that hot flashes are one of the biggest symptoms that you have to deal with. Our menopause spray can help aid you through those tricky periods, so have a look at what we have on offer!