Menopause is the permanent stop of the menstrual periods which is caused because the ovaries stop working and do not produce the female hormones estrogens and progesterone anymore.
The estrogen reduction affects all of the human body’s organs including the skin.
So, apart from the general side effects of menopause such as hot flashes, mood changes, weight gain, osteoporosis or possible problems in your sleeping patterns, women also do experience a number of menopause skin changes.
The tendency to get more and more brown spots on the skin at the end of each Summer, skin dehydration and rough skin together with dullness are some of the menopausal skin changes that we will see further on in this article together with some ways to deal with these menopause skin changes.
Now, if you are wondering when these changes start taking place, it is good to know that perimenopause, the period before menopause which can last for several years, may start when you are in your mid forties. Then, from the age of 48 to 55 it’s the period that the menopause happens.
Although there is no way you can reverse the changes menopause causes to your skin, there are certainly some ways to improve your skin’s appearance and reduce menopause’s negative effects to it.
So, let’s see these changes more in detail and how to deal with them.
Intense Dry Skin
Dryness in the skin is probably the first sign we notice even when the perimenopause period begins. The sebaceous glands become underactive and the skin lipids reduce considerably so dehydration takes place and gradually the skin becomes dry.
How to Deal with Menopausal Dry Skin
An effective way to treat not just menopausal dry skin but also common dryness in the skin is by using proven to deal with dryness skin care ingredients.
In my experience, after reading and writing a lot of articles related to skin dryness as well as discovering various products for dry skin and digging more into user reviews, there are some effective skincare ingredients to fight dryness.
One is lac hydrin and you can read a lot of information of how effective lac hydrin lotions are for skin dryness in our article about lac hydrin lotion uses as well as lac hydrin 5 and lac hydrin 12 lotion reviews.
The second one is AHA acids which have exfoliating and therefore rejuvenating properties since they remove dead skin cells and rough skin, and reveal new skin. You can read more in our article about the benefits of aha acids for dry skin.
You can benefit by the power of AHA acids by using AHA exfoliants, lotions or masks. AHA exfoliants are not only suitable for dry skin but are perfect for any type of skin that needs rejuvenation and skin aging signs reduction.
For different AHA acids products, you can read our post on the best glycolic acid body lotions as well as our review on Glytone Facial Cleanser and c.booth derma M 36 Glycolic Acid Skin Resurfacing Solution.
Also, one of my favourite aha acid face masks is Pai Copaiba AHA mask made especially even for the most sensitive types of skin. It works great to clear the skin, brighten it and make it feel vibrant.
Other products that help fight dry skin are natural oils with deep conditioning and nourishing properties. One of my favorites is Castor oil, Rosehip Oil and Argan Oil but there is also a number of other very effective natural oils for dry skin such as Tamanu Oil, Marula Oil and Avocado Oil.
Oiliness and even Adult Acne
As we have said before, during menopause the levels of the female hormones called estrogens reduce and that’s how they give the opportunity to the male hormones called androgens to stimulate the sebaceous glands and trigger increased production of sebum, which can lead to oily skin and even adult acne.
Some people may be really surprised to discover that they are suffering from adult acne when they didn’t even have acne in their teens but that is something that can happen.
How to Deal with Menopause Acne and Oily Skin
When you are dealing with menopause acne and oily skin, remember that strong acne skincare products will not be suitable for your case because at this age your skin does not have enough moisture to recover from products that are harsh, abrasive and cause dryness.
So, even if you suffer from oiliness, you have to choose sensitive skin products or in general gentle products that won’t make your skin further inflamed and dry. The products you choose have to be moisturizing enough but without clogging the pores.
Also, avoid excessive exfoliation because you can trigger even more oiliness to your skin.
For me, an organic brand that respects sensitive skin and works great to hydrate and rejuvenate dry skin but at the same time balance oily or combination skin is Pai Organic Skincare.
If you like using natural oils, good options for oily and acne prone skin is jojoba oil as well as coconut oil that are non comedogenic. An essential oil that has firming as well as antiseptic and antifungal properties that are useful for blemish prone skin is Frankincense essential oil.
You can use this oil mixed with a carrier oil of your preference and use it both on your face and neck or any other area of your body. Apart from using it on my toenails, I also use it on the neck due to its skin forming and tightening properties.
Also, don’t forget to use a good quality moisturizer for oily skin that is free of harsh chemicals as well as balancing and moisturizing enough for your skin.
Finally, B3 Niacinamide serums work effectively for acne prone skin, dryness, dark spots and aging skin. You can read more about Niacinamide or Vitamin B3 in Skincare and find out about its benefits yourself.
Increased Hair Growth on Face
This skin symptom of menopause comes as a result of the estrogen reduction. Since estrogens reduce, androgens take over and that’s why there can be an increased hair growth especially on the chin.
In this case, the only solution can be given to you by your dermatologist who may recommend some hair removal laser treatment.
Due to the drastic reduction of estrogens, the skin microcirculation becomes difficult. So, the skin lacks or has few important nourishing elements as well as oxygen resulting in a visible reduction of its thickness.
How to Deal with Thinning Skin
Look for effective anti aging formulas and especially those who are rich in biomimetic peptides.
You can find out more about peptide products in our articles about Peptide Serums, best peptide face creams and eye creams with peptides but if you want to read more information about peptides in skincare, you can read our post on how good peptides are for your skin.
To enjoy better results by using an anti aging product for skin thickness, try to apply the product massaging the skin with circular soft movements that will boost the skin’s microcirculation and oxygenation.
Apart from their other functions, estrogens actively participate in the production of collagen and elastin, the two basic structure components of our skin.
When the estrogen levels are low as it is the case during menopause, our organism produces less and less collagen and elastin. It is said that during the 5 years of menopause, we lose 1/3 of the collagen. So, deep wrinkles start appearing and the skin becomes visibly loose, especially the contour of our face.
How to Deal with Deep Wrinkles
One of the most effective ingredients for deep wrinkles is Retinol and even if the results are not as amazing as when we are at a younger age, it is certain that we will have a considerable improvement in our face’s skin quality.
Retinol stimulates cellular turnover from the deeper layers of the skin up which is obviously very useful when it comes to deep wrinkles. It also boosts the creation of new skin cells and makes the existing ones healthier and younger.
Appearance of Brown Spots on the Skin
During menopause, it is very likely that brown spots will appear on the parts of your body that are more exposed such as the face, hands and decollete.
This dark skin discoloration, according to Wikipedia, is called chloasma or melasma and happens because of the reduction of melanin production (melanin protects the skin from the UVB radiation) which is caused by the estrogen reduction.
How to Get Rid of Dark Spots
Retinol and other antioxidants as well as skin brightening serums such as vitamin C serums, and chemical peels can all help.
Also, keep in mind that it is very important to always wear a sunscreen when you go out even in those cloudy days.
All in all, it is a fact that menopause changes our skin but there are surely ways to make the menopause skin symptoms less problematic and visible, something that can help us feel better in our skin.