There’s more to menopause than hot flashes and night sweats. Are you aware that falling Estrogen levels wreak havoc with your skin?
1. What is menopause?
Somewhere between the ages of 40 and 58 most women experience menopause - a time when the ovaries stop releasing eggs, your periods come to an end, and the production of Estrogen begins to decline.
So, what really happens inside the body?
2. Hormonal Changes:
Hormones changes and decline, in addition to the slowdown in ovarian activity (including decrease in B-Estradiol levels).
As a result of which, you experience several menopausal symptoms such as disturbed sleep, urinary problems, mood swings and the obvious drop in fertility.
3. Does this affect the skin?
Here’s what happens to skin during menopause:
Dryness & itching –
Estrogen is meant to stimulate the production of skin-smoothing collagen and oils. Which is why, as menopause approaches the skin starts becoming dry and itchy.
Testosterone dominance –
As testosterone becomes more dominant, you may experience acne and
appearance of facial hair, along with voice deepening.
Hyperpigmentation & age spots –
Estrogen regulates the production of melanin. As menopause approaches, melanin synthesis increases and areas that have been exposed to UV rays over the years start developing brown ‘age spots’.
Moisturise – Opt for body lotions that can replenish normal skin oils and beat the dryness. Moisture-heavy products that contain seaweed and algae extracts work wonders for facial skin.
Stock up on anti-oxidants - Topical application provides an extra boost to the skin.
Boost your intake of vitamins and minerals.
Waxing and threading – It will help tackle facial hair problems but a laser treatment will be easier and more beneficial.
Protection – Slather on a broad-spectrum sunscreen before stepping out.
Acne – Acne is stimulated by over-active sebaceous glands. Don’t panic, find a dermatologist to seek help – topical and oral medication works wonders.
Menopause and skin problems date far back in time – there’s nothing to worry about as long as you take care of your skin and listen to what your body says. Remember, self-care is the best care, beyond which you always have a dermatologist to turn to in the time of need.