Menopause is an incredibly complicated process that not only affects internal body processes but the skin as well. And since your skin is the window to your body, it tends to show some signs of distress pretty quickly. And you will see that a lot of signs actually have the same point of origin.
During menopause, your hormones experience a lot of changes
Oestrogen and progesterone provides skin glow, elasticity and hydration - we love them. But as the ovarian function declines, the levels of these hormones falls - this is something that we don't love as much.
Hormone imbalance during menopause causes collagen and elastic fibre degradation (LINK TO : article Always on ''How does menopause affect your skin? Acne, dryness, etc...'') takes its toll on your skin elastosis. A lack of skin moisture and prolonged wound healing can also occur. Not to mention our daily UV exposure - no matter how diligent you are with suncare application it's natural to forget from time to time, and this has its own impact on our menopausal skin as well.
Decreased oestrogen also causes a redistribution of fat deposits, but not a very smart redistribution if you ask us... Some shifts that may occur include:
- Loss of supportive fat below the skin of the face, neck, hands, breast and arms causing sagging.
- Fat concentration over the abdomen and/or on the thighs and buttocks.
The loss of oestrogen also tends to affect blood flow, preventing nutrients and oxygen from reaching your skin. With less of what it needs to be at its top, your skin will probably look a little thinner and feel a little drier.
Is that it? Sorry, not quite…
Nutrients and oxygen have a hard time reaching the skin
In addition to this, the adrenal glands and ovaries of post-menopausal women still secrete androgens. These hormones, in the absence of oestrogen, cause some other symptoms such as voice deepening, appearance of facial hair, oily skin and acne.
Key elements to remember
The main changes affecting your skin is the lack of oestrogen and the difficulty for nutrients and oxygen to reach the skin. Your skin being an organ, it needs all kinds of things to keep working properly. So, pretty much every hormonal change will impact your skin, all of them really…