Skin in menopause: the possible changes


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The changes that occur to the female body in menopause they may be different and of different significance for each of us.

There are those who suffer from devastating hot flashes and those who barely feel them, those who do not report weight changes and those who instead see radical changes in their weight, those who sleep well and those suffering from insomnia, those who suffer from vaginal dryness and those who instead it continues to experience the usual levels of lubrication. There is a fact, however: during menopause, a phenomenon occurs that is common, albeit in different terms and “quantities” to all women, namely the drop in levels of estrogen. Have you ever wondered what this entails for the skin in menopause?

The consequences on menopausal skin can fall into a range of possibilities, which could involve both how we look and how we feel about ourselves. Word of the dermatologist Debra Jaliman, who wrote the book Skin Rules: Trade Secrets from a Top New York Dermatologist and intervened in a short ad hoc article on Blood and Milk. Among the “symptoms” of menopause affecting the epidermis are the dryness, itching, hypersensitivity and moreover new ones wrinkles.

What we must remember is that all these changes are normal and simply a symptom of the years that pass and there is no insurmountable criticality in knowing how to accept them. It is clear, however, that for some of us it may be more satisfying to mitigate these symptoms, with the following advice, but there is no rigid rule to follow: the important thing is to feel good about yourself.

Menopausal skin: what exactly happens?

Menopausal skinSource: Pixabay

The reduction ofhydration of the epidermis is a direct consequence of the loss of estrogen. With it the elasticity and thickness of the skin are also reduced, because they are also less collagen and elastin (even up to 30% within the first years of menopause), ie those natural proteins that help keep the skin soft and supple. In addition, with less estrogen, you risk losing the supporting fat on the skin of the face, neck, hands and arms, which can give these parts of the body an idea of ​​flaccidity.

According to Jaliman’s advice, hyaluronic acid supplements and collagen can also be taken before menopause: these substances increase the elasticity of the skin and help its natural repair process, also stimulating the body to produce collagen itself. And they counteract the dryness of the skin, and therefore the appearance of wrinkles. And anyway remember: a little physical exercise, even lightly, always helps to make physical changes more gradual. And even food supplements (if the blood tests tell us that there is a need) can give an extra help to feel better.

Then there is the question of the appearance of the imbalance between estrogen and testosterone, which leads to the development of facial hair in the chin region. In some women, the phenomenon causes greater sebaceous production and the flowering of theacne. In other words, just as the hormonal storm affects us during puberty, similarly hormones can “hit us” during menopause.

Facial care in menopause

Menopausal skinSource: Pixabay

As mentioned, topical hyaluronic acid can help tremendously in skin hydration. Those who wish can use skin products formulated with peptides to counteract the lack of elasticity on the face and neck, but there are also those who opt for something more radical, such as treatments with radio frequency. It goes without saying that it is essential to contact accredited professionals and not opt ​​for do-it-yourself treatments.

Menopausal skin and hormone replacement therapy

We know that the hormone replacement therapy can help relieve the symptoms of menopause. In particular, a substance called is used to limit the relapses of menopause on the skin methyl-estradiolpropanoate. The ingredient interacts with the estrogen receptors on the skin to stimulate the production of more collagen and elastin and increase hydration. It basically mimics what estrogen does on our skin. And the good thing is, there are no potential negative side effects when using this ingredient.

Original article published on July 8, 2020


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