Menopause can be a rough time for your entire body. Changes happen very quickly and though some of your organs are strong enough to take it and adapt to it quickly, your skin isn’t. Some of its strongest components start to decrease, making it harder to deal with attacks from the outside while also adjusting to changes from the inside. In a few words, your skin is doing its best given the circumstances so don’t give up on it yet!
Main symptoms you can feel during menopause and what you can do
During menopause you may experience:
- changes of the skin pH level
- epidermal lipids deficiency
- hyaluronic acid degradation
As it happens, you may notice more frequent irritations, rashes, dryness and worsening of existing skin conditions like rosacea or eczema.
You know this but it never hurts to say it: your skin needs to be restored, moisturized and calmed, and it definitely can be!
Fatty acids play an important role in skin flexibility. It has been found that fatty acids deficiency is observed in common skin disorders like: atopic dermatitis, acne, and psoriasis.
Skin lipids are also essential for maintaining proper skin’s barrier function, which loses its resistance as we age.
There are cosmetic products containing these precious particles that applied topically can improve epidermal lipids deficiency. Yes, this is the “good news” part you were waiting for for the past few lines!
Your skin needs to be restored, moisturised and calmed.
As the skin becomes more dry and less elastic during menopause it also becomes more sensitive to certain cosmetic products, such as soaps and detergents, which can irritate the skin, cause inflammation and itch. Women can also experience so called paresthesia: tingling, prickling, or numbness sensation of the skin.
Know that sleeping disorders connected with itch and hot flashes can also alter cutaneous hydration and skin barrier function that leads to hypersensitivity.
So taking care of your skin will help you take care of your sleep, which is important for your skin. See the circle?
Key elements to remember about menopause sensitive skin
The sensitivity of your skin is directly connected to:
- its pH level
- the epidermal lipids
- and the levels of naturally occurring hyaluronic acid
Even the slightest change in your body will affect these three elements so it makes sense that a big one like the menopause is going to create some discomfort.