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Menopause and collagen loss: why does my skin sag?

Menopause and collagen loss: why does my skin sag?
Menopause and collagen loss: why does my skin sag?

You don’t look like you’re 20 anymore, and there’s nothing wrong about that because you've evolved a lot since being 20: you're more confident, you’ve achieved more, you know yourself way better. But yes, your skin starts sagging a bit with menopause as well. Before considering surgical intervention, there are plenty of softer solutions that can help you refresh your skin.

Skin sagging during menopause is caused by rapid collagen loss during this period- as much as 30% during first 5 years and 2% for the next 20 years. Yes, there a tough time coming at you but if we were you, we’d focus on the “next 20 years” part!

Other consequences of collagen decrease on your skin

As collagen degrades, skin loses firmness, and jowls and fine lines start to appear. You may notice that dynamic smile and frown lines become permanent, your nose tip drops, the eye area hollows and pores become larger.

Nice, right?

All these clinical changes in post-menopausal women are associated with cutaneous aging of all 3 layers of skin on the face (epidermis, dermis and hypodermis). Atrophy, dryness and fat pads slackening are the main signs of this, not very funky, but an absolutely normal process.   

Atrophy corresponds to the massive reduction in the thickness of skin tissue. Everything that leads to this reduction can also alter communication and nutrient exchanges between the epidermis and the dermis, making it hard for your skin to keep its mechanical properties.

So you may also notice progressive degradation of the naturally occuring hyaluronic acid in the dermis, skin dryness and roughness due to decreased sebum secretion, a loss of elasticity, and a decreased ability to maintain moisture, which may also lead to loss of firmness.

In conclusion, your face may look different, a little tired maybe and it can alter your self-confidence. So let’s prevent that or at least slow it down the best we can by:

  • giving up smoking and reducing alcohol intake
  • choosing a proper daily skincare tailored for pre- and post-menopausal skin and regular sun protection with high SPF that is water resistant.
  • adopting a healthy, well-balanced diet
  • practicing regular exercises

Key elements to remember

The reason why the skin sag during menopause is mostly due to a very quick collagen loss that consequently provokes other changes.

 The good news is, there are still plenty of things you can do about it including:

  • adopting a skin-care routine that you can stick to on a daily-basis and
  • switching to a well-balanced diet.
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