How menopause changes your skin and what you can do about it

Posted by Monarch Plastic Surgery

Jun 20, 2016 8:00:00 AM

skin care during menopauseWe know that menopause is mostly caused by age-related changes in the ovaries. This results in lower estrogen and progesterone production, which in turn leads to changes in the skin. The hormonal changes that occur during and after menopause tend to change the skin’s physiology in new and different ways. 

Read on to learn more about how menopause changes your skin, and make sure you set up your complimentary consultation with Monarch Skin Rejuvenation Center to find out what you can do about it. 

Many of our patients come to us for help with skin care challenges related to perimenopause and menopause. Estrogen levels that fall while androgens stay constant can lead to a variety of unwelcome changes. These changes can range from acne that’s reminiscent of the teen years to wrinkles that seem to have settled in overnight (especially wrinkles around the mouth, jawline and eyes).  

Signs of perimenopause

Generally speaking, menopause begins with perimenopause, which often starts sometime in your mid-40s and lasts for 3-4 years. Perimenopause is very different from menopause: Periods might become irregular at this point, but you still have estrogen. During perimenopause, you’re getting hot flashes, so you might find that your skin gets red. You might also have breakouts, and skin that was previously normal might start to get dry or oily patches. Sometimes women experience rosacea and unwanted hair at this point.

Symptoms of menopause on your skin

Once women reach menopause, things change again. Skin also becomes thinner in menopause, since there’s a relationship between collagen production, skin thickness, and lack of estrogen. The natural slowdown of cell turnover and decrease in humectants in the skin leads to excessive dryness.

These are a few of prescription-strength products I would recommend:

  • Tretinoin: This will help with skin cell turnover, stimulating collagen, soften fine lines and wrinkles, and keep acne under control.
  • Antioxidant Serum: This will help neutralize free radicals that break down the cellular structure of our skin.
  • Hydroquinone:  Overproduction of melanocytes in the skin will create sun spots, melasma, and hyper-pigmentation. Hydroquinone will suppress those melanocytes and help lighten pigment.
  • Hydration: A really good, rich moisturizer like A.G.E. Interruptor to ease dryness and give you some repair.

Additional menopause skin changes

In addition to acne, dryness, sagging, and wrinkling that’s related to the loss of collagen, I often see the following:

  • Flushing.This can occur due to rosacea or skin reactivity. Some of it is related to vasodilation. Products and broad band light treatments can treat these symptoms.
  • Unwanted facial hair. This appears due to the imbalance of estrogen and testosterone. Laser hair removal can treat this condition if the hair is dark.  

Skin care routine for women with menopause

To improve skincare during menopause, here is a basic regime I would recommend: 

For skincare in the morning, use:
  • An antioxidant
  • Eye cream
  • Moisturizer if needed
  • Sunscreen every day (even in the winter)
For skincare in the evening, use:
  • Tretinoin  
  • Hydroquinone if pigment is an issue
  • Eye cream
  • Moisturizer if needed

Here are some additional skincare tips:

  • Regular medical facials help with dead skin cell build up and give you that natural glow
  • Forever young BBL and Skin Tyte treatments are an incredible way to keep you looking young for a long long time
  • Skin pen and laser resurfacing can turn back the clock
  • Laser hair removal can relieve you of that pesky new hair growth
  • Broad band light treatments can reduce breakouts, kill acne bacteria and even out skin tone

Monarch Skin Rejuvenation Center has the latest in cutting edge treatments that actually work! We have an excellent staff that is passionate, knowledgeable and dedicated to making you look great now and throughout the years to come.  We look forward to guiding you through the aging process. Contact us today to schedule your complimentary consultation

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Topics: Skincare, Skin rejuvenation, menopause, skincare tips

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