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By Jennifer Lea Reynolds | June 3, 2019
Warning: Facial hair and thinning skin are totally normal.
You don’t have to be told twice: Your skin changes during menopause. After all, it’s your body’s largest organ, so it’s not surprising it undergoes a significant transition. But trust us, it’s nothing you can’t handle. There’s a scientific reason for this, and the good news is that you can do something about it.
“During this time, there is a marked decline in the production of the important female hormone called estrogen,” says Jennifer M. Wong, RPA-C Physician Assistant at Advanced Dermatology PC, which has offices in New York and New Jersey. “Estrogen is a very important hormone when it comes to the skin. It aids with elastin and collagen production which are key components in the keeping the skin tight, bright, hydrated, and thick.”
In short, menopausal skin’s unique physiology requires special levels of attention. Here’s what to expect and how to work with it.
Loose, Sagging SkinEstrogen-deprived skin is a common skin change during menopause, leading to a decline in a taut texture and tone. On the medical end, you can head to the derm’s office. At home, there are products and tools you can incorporate into your daily routine.
Wrinkles and Fine Lines
According to the AAD, decreased estrogen levels and diminished collagen production contribute to thinning skin, making wrinkles, fine lines, and even bruising more likely to creep up. Take extra care with sun protection and use products made to boost collagen and deeply hydrate.
Suddenly, you want plunge into a tub of ice cubes. Hot flashes are one of the most common symptoms of menopause, and can leave your skin red and irritated. While the Cleveland Clinic notes that hormone therapy can be effective, it’s not for everyone.
If you’re breaking out the tweezers more often, don’t fret. It’s yet another way your skin changes during menopause. “Unwanted hair can develop above the lip or on the jawline,” says Hochhauser. “Laser hair removal done by a trained professional at a dermatology practice can remove hair in unwanted places.” Other options include waxing, hair-removal creams, bleaching, and electrolysis.
"The effects of sun damage come out with age,” Hochhauser explains. “Time spent in the sun without sun protection, even at a young age, can cause age spots and large areas of darker skin on the face, hands, arms or chest.” She suggests visiting a dermatologist for sunspot treatment.
Skin changes during menopause are completely normal. These suggested steps can help you tone, hydrate, and stay cool. You’ve got this!
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