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Can menopause cause skin problems?

Written by James Renney - February 20, 2023

Can Menopause Cause Skin Problems?

It's no secret that going through menopause can have an impact on a woman’s skin. The hormonal changes associated with menopause can cause a range of skin problems, including acne, wrinkles, dryness and age spots. Here we will discuss why menopause causes these skin issues, how to treat them, and ways to protect your skin during this time of life.

Hormonal Changes

Menopause is a natural part of aging in which the ovaries gradually stop producing eggs, resulting in fewer hormones (estrogen and progesterone) circulating in the body. This decreased stimulation has a direct impact on your skin health as these hormones play a vital role in keeping it healthy and youthful looking. During menopause, you may experience one or more of the following symptoms related to your skin:

  • Acne: Increased levels of testosterone during perimenopause (the time leading up to menopause) can increase sebum production and result in developing acne breakouts.
  • Wrinkles: Estrogen levels drop during perimenopause which can cause thinning of the dermis layer which leads to wrinkles.
  • Dryness: Decreased estrogen levels also affect natural oil production on the surface of the skin which leads to dryness.
  • Age Spots: Prolonged sun exposure when combined with reduced collagen from lower hormone levels can lead to discoloration or age spots on your face or hands.

Treatment Options

Although there is no cure for menopausal-related skin problems there are several treatments available depending on your individual needs such as topicals such as retinols and alpha hydroxy acids, laser treatments like Fraxel dual or Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), fillers like Restylane or Juvederm and hormone replacement therapy (HRT). It is important to consult with your doctor before deciding which treatment option is best for you as they will be able to assess your individual circumstances properly before recommending a course of action.

Protection Tips

In addition to being proactive about treatment options there are some things you can do to protect your skin from further damage due to menopausal changes:

  • Moisturise daily – use an oil-based moisturiser for extra hydration if needed
  • Wear sunscreen every day – even on cloudy days!/SPAN> * Avoid smoking– it reduces blood flow to the skin resulting in premature ageing/SPAN> * Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables– they are packed with antioxidants that help fight free radicals/SPAN> * Get at least 7 hours sleep each night– lack of sleep weakens skin tissue making it vulnerable/SPAN> * Manage stress– high cortisol levels have been linked with thinning dermis layers leading to wrinkles/SPAN>

Expert Help - HGH Pro clinic

If you have any concerns about how menopausal hormone changes may be affecting your overall health or appearance then we highly recommend seeking expert advice from our team at HGH Pro clinic where our knowledgeable and experienced staff can help advise you on what course of action would best suit your individual needs regarding hormone balancing therapies and skincare management protocols. Our goal is always centered around helping women embrace their journey through life's transitions with strength, confidence and grace!

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