Skin and Menopause

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Cherry Armstrong

As the menopause can have a big impact on our skin, below Dr Cherry explores why these changes occur and our simple tips to help your skin during this time.

Why does our skin change through the menopause?

It’s down to our oestrogen levels. Oestrogen modulates the functions of our skin cells (keratinocytes, fibroblasts, melanocytes), hair follicles and sweat glands. As oestrogen drops in the peri-menopause and menopause, collagen production falls, oil glands are less efficient, and melanocytes (responsible for the pigmentation in our skin) are less effective.

The result is dry, thinning, wrinkling skin which is more prone to pigmentation.

The good news – there are ways we can help support our skin during this time

  1. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Switch to foaming cleansers, intense moisturizers and nourishing facials. Profhilo treatments are also effective at replacing moisture in the lower levels of the skin.
  2. Protect with 30+ – always important, but more so in the menopause as oestrogen does have some degree of protection against sun damage.
  3. Eat well – soy, garlic, flax, sesame seeds, and dried fruits contain phytoestrogens which are plant-based compounds which can mimic the effects of oestrogen produced by the human body.
  4. Sleep – it helps regulate our hormones, including oestrogen. And collagen repairs at night so getting the hours in is worth it for our skin.
  5. Stress – try and relax, exercise well, and take time for yourself. The stress hormone, cortisol, increases oil production leading to breakouts, and has a negative impact on your gut health – leading to inflammation which can manifest as eczema or psoriasis.

If you need more support for your skin, get in touch – if you have seen changes in your skin due to the menopause, and there really is a lot we can do to help. If you are struggling with other menopausal symptoms, then don’t hesitate to contact your GP to find out how they can help too.

Dr Cherry x

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