Menopause is a natural phase in every woman’s life, marking the end of her reproductive years. It affects 100% of women, if we live long enough, and 50% of the total population, yet still it’s a topic that many women feel unsure about, and it still carries a bit of a social taboo (don’t ask us why!!)
While it brings about various physical and emotional changes, it also significantly impacts the skin. Perimenopause can last around 10 years, and the hormonal shifts during this time can lead to a range of skin-related concerns, but the good news is that with the right approach and high-end skincare, you can maintain healthy, radiant skin throughout this transition. In this blog post, we’ll explore the changes in skin during menopause and share our top tips on what you can do to address them, and how we can help!
Understanding the Impact of Menopause on Skin:
- Loss of Collagen and Elasticity: According to the American Academy of Dermatolody, collagen levels decrease 30% in the first 5 years of menopause, and then 2% per year for the next 20 years! This is because, as oestrogen levels decline during menopause, the skin’s ability to produce collagen and elastin decreases. Collagen and elastin are basically the scaffolding of the skin, essential for maintaining skin’s firmness and elasticity. Reducing collagen levels can result in skin laxity, sagging and wrinkles.
- Dryness and Thinning: Reduced oestrogen also affects oil production, leading to dry, flaky and sometimes itchy skin. Additionally, the skin becomes thinner, making it more susceptible to damage and bruising, with less ‘plump’.
- Uneven Pigmentation: Hormonal fluctuations can trigger an increase in pigmentation irregularities such as age spots and melasma, which can also appear more prominent as the skin surface texture becomes less even/
- Increased Sensitivity: Many women experience heightened skin sensitivity during menopause due to the dryness and other skin changes. We have all heard of flushing, but this increased sensitivity can also make the skin more itchy, allergic and sore.
- Acne and Breakouts: Surprisingly, some women may develop acne or experience increased breakouts during menopause due to hormonal imbalances.
- Increased facial hair: due to a reduction in oestrogen (and therefore a relative increase in testosterone), some women experience new hair growth in unwanted places, particularly lower face (chin and top lip).
Addressing Menopausal Skin Changes:
Now that we’ve explored the skin changes associated with menopause, let’s delve into how high-end skincare can help you combat these effects and achieve radiant, healthy skin throughout the menopause and beyond.
- Invest in Medical-Grade Skincare Products: High-end skincare products often contain potent ingredients that can target specific menopausal skin concerns. Look for products with retinoids, hyaluronic acid, peptides, and antioxidants like vitamin C to boost collagen, hydrate, and protect your skin. We love Alumier MD products, which have potent levels of ingredients, buffered to protect your skin, and a full range of products for all skin types. For dry and irritated skin, we love Sensicalm or Hydra Boost cream cleansers, which soothe and nourish, and we love AluminEye eye cream, enriched with amino acids and peptides to support the delicate eye area. Register for Connect to Buy with Skin by Dr Caroline (AL9 7QT) to purchase Alumier MD products: Connect to Buy – AlumierMD UK
- Hydration is Key: Combat dryness by using a rich moisturizer regularly. Opt for products that are formulated to provide intense hydration and lock in moisture, helping to restore your skin’s suppleness. Look for Hyaluronic Acid and ceramides to help hold moisture on the skin for longer. We love Alumier MD’s HydraRich moisturiser, and Aqua Infusion Mask for added intensity!
- Sunscreen Every Day: UV rays can exacerbate pigmentation issues. Make sunscreen a daily habit, even on cloudy days, to protect your skin from further damage and maintain an even tone. As Dr Caroline always says ‘if theres daylight, theres UV and you NEED sunscreen’
- Professional Treatments: Consider visiting a high-end skin clinic like Skin by Dr Caroline in Brookmans Park, Hertfordshire, for professional treatments tailored to your menopausal skin. Options like skin boosters (Profhilo and Seventy Hyal), laser hair removal therapy, anti-wrinkle treatments, Alumier MD chemical peels, and NeoGen plasma therapy (made famous by Shirley Ballas and Nikki Chapman) can address fine lines, pigmentation, stimulate collagen and elastin, and improve overall skin texture.
- Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT): Consult with your healthcare provider about HRT, as it can help manage hormonal imbalances and mitigate some skin-related issues associated with menopause.
- Diet and Lifestyle: A healthy diet rich in antioxidants, along with regular exercise and stress management, can contribute to better skin health. Stay hydrated and limit caffeine and alcohol intake, which can dehydrate the skin. Consider supplements by proven brands such as Advanced Nutrition Programme, who have some of the highest levels of high-quality ingredients on the market. We love Skin Omegas and Skin Collagen Support, formulated to help you skin dryness, and romote new collagen synthesis.
- Consult with a Skincare Specialist: Medical-lead skin clinics often have experienced professionals who can assess your unique needs and create a personalised skincare regimen to address your specific concerns effectively. We pride ourselves on our bespoke treatment plans formulated after careful consideration of your needs, concerns, budget and time scales.
Menopause may bring about changes in your skin, but with the right approach, support from a trained professional, and medical-grade skin care products, you can minimize these effects and maintain a radiant complexion. Remember that everyone’s skin is unique, so it’s essential to consult with skincare experts who can tailor a regimen to suit your individual needs. Embrace this new phase of life with confidence and continue to prioritize self-care for beautiful, healthy skin that reflects your inner vitality. Visit our website Skin by Dr. Caroline | Offers (skinbydrcaroline.co.uk) and download our free PDF guide: 10 Ways to Look 10 Years Younger for more information, or call us on 01707 662477 to book your consultation appointment now!