Does Menopause Ruin Your Skin?

Does Menopause Ruin Your Skin?

In addition to the internal, physical changes a woman’s body experiences as a result of menopause it can also create havoc with your external appearance. Namely, the skin. Uneven skin tone, facial hair, rashes, acne and dry, itchy, flaking skin, and wrinkles are all common complaints.
The cause of skin related issues during menopause may be unavoidable but controllable. Does menopause ruin your skin? Read on…

1Does Menopause cause rashes?

The reduction of hormones – especially estrogen – may bring on rashes and other skin problems during menopause. You can counteract the effects of diminishing hormone levels by adding lots of foods rich in Omega-3 like; fish, eggs, nuts, and soy to replenish moisture and prevent dry, itchy, rash-prone skin.

2Does Menopause cause dry skin?

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In a word, yes! Estrogen is the hormone that is responsible for the production of collagen and oils that nourish the skin. During menopause the body dramatically reduces the amount of estrogen it contributes. The skin begins to suffer! Dry skin can be controlled by drinking lots of water, eating a diet of Omega-3 rich foods, vitamin supplements, and use of a good skin moisturizer. It is also advisable to avoid prolonged sun exposure and always use sunscreen.

3Does Menopause cause skin tags?

Skin tags are flesh-colored or darkly pigmented bubbles of hanging tissue. While you may notice skin tags appearing on your eyes, neck, underarms, or under your breasts during menopause the most common cause of skin tags on both women and men is obesity. Skin tags can be removed in a doctor’s office but many fall off on their own.

4Does Menopause cause skin discoloration?

Yes, menopause may cause “age spots” and other skin discoloration especially on the face, chest, neck, hands, and arms. See a pattern? Basically age spots appear on areas exposed to UV rays/sun. Decreasing levels of hormones like estrogen no longer control the production of melanin making the skin more prone to damage from the sun. You can minimize the damage by staying out of the sun, wear protective clothing if you are out and always wear sunscreen.

5Does Menopause cause skin redness?

Skin redness or flushing is common during menopause. It is most directly associated with hot flashes. You are aware of the flash or flushing but few people around you notice the redness. You may be able to control flushing and skin redness by avoiding trigger foods like; caffeine, alcohol, and spicy foods.

6Does Menopause cause skin tingling?

Tingling in the arms, hands, feet, legs may be a side effect of your skin’s loss of elasticity during menopause.  You can relieve the discomfort of the skin tingling by improving blood circulation with exercise. If you smoke stop and use skin creams and moisturizers daily.

7Does Menopause cause skin itching?

Have you experienced dry, scaling and itchy skin on your face, back, chest, arm, legs – just about anywhere? During menopause your body dramatically reduces production of hormones responsible for creating nutrients for the skin. You can control itchy skin by eating a diet rich in Omega-3 and essential fatty acids like oily fish, nuts, and eggs. Use a daily moisturizer, sunscreen, and avoid hot, steamy baths.

8Does Menopause cause skin sensitivity?

You body’s diminished production of hormones is especially evident in the skin. Your skin’s ability to retain moisture and replenish nutrients is compromised. You can counter the biological changes by using good, consistent skin care products, maintain a healthy weight, eat a diet rich in Omega-3 and essential fats, and exercise.

9What You Should Know

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The skin’s changes during menopause is permanent but there are step you can take to minimize the effects of aging on the skin.

  • Focus on food — A healthy diet may be your best defense against menopause related skin issues. Essential fats and foods rich in Omega-3 like; salmon, walnuts, eggs, sardines, soy, walnuts, flaxseeds will give your body a boost to help keep your skin smooth and radiant.
  • Slather on sunscreen — The sun is your skin’s worst enemy especially as it loses much of its protective hormones. Use sunblock products with an SPF of 30 or higher.
  • Moisturize – Use moisturizers to replenish your skin every day especially after a shower or bath.
  • A shower a day – may not be your skin’s best friend. Try to minimize the length of time in a shower or bath and use the coolest temperature you can.
  • Vitamins – It is best to get vitamins and minerals from your diet but supplements may help counterbalance the effects of menopausal changes on the skin.  Natural supplements containing flaxseed oil, calcium, Vitamin D, DHEA and soy are especially beneficial.