If you’re going through menopause, you may be wondering what menopause is doing to your skin. Most women find they develop a few skin care problems during this time of their life, In fact, looking back women often find they start experiencing skincare problems before they even enter menopause.
So, what is going on?
What Is Menopause Doing To Your Skin?
During and around the time of menopause your hormonal balance starts to vary a great deal. The main culprit is the hormone estrogen. This is the main female sex hormone, and during menopause, it can be up one day only to hit rock bottom the next day. The result can wreak havoc in your life and will affect your skin in more ways than one.
It is not unusual at all for women going through menopause to suffer from acne. You may wake up one morning and find that you have broken out with pimples during the night. This is a sign that your level of estrogen is high. If you like, it is exactly what happened when you were a teenager. You can combat this problem by trying to balance your hormones. Balancing your hormones is often very individual and there are many different ways in which you can deal with this common problem.
2. Age Spots
While age spots are often brought on by the sun, they also start to appear en masse when women are perimenopausal. The best thing you can do is wear sunscreen every day, summer and winter, rain or shine. The other thing you should do is use a skin lightening cream to reduce the visibility of the sun spots that you do have. Products with niacinamide reverse sun damage and minimize wrinkles and fine lines. Check out our favorite age spot fading cream here.
You can also apply a high quality concealer to the areas that have age spots. Use your finger to apply the concealer, dabbing gently before using a makeup brush to blend the concealer slightly and smooth the area in general. Not all concealers are created equally. I love the Dermablend Quick-Fix Full Coverage Concealer.
3. Dry Skin
You may find your skin is very dry. If you find you are suffering from dry skin, it means your estrogen level is low. As we age less collagen is produced and this will eventually lead to dry skin and even wrinkles. Once the level of estrogen starts to drop, this process is accelerated and can often have a sudden onset.
When you notice wrinkles, crow’s feet, or laugh lines, start using smart products which address those issues.
4. Crepey Skin
A lot of women undergoing menopause also notice what is known as “crepey skin”. This problem is often most apparent on the neck and looks like the skin is beginning to sag, In fact, this is exactly what is happening and crepey skin is one of the most common signs of skin aging.
5. Unwanted Facial Hair
During this time some women get unwanted facial hair. This is of course very concerning and your first inclination may be to shave it off. But don’t!!! Instead use tweezers if you just have a few. If the hair starts growing in heavier, you should consider both seeing your doctor and using a permanent hair removal system. Our Smoother Skin Laser is an at home treatment you can do for under $100.
There is a range of solutions out there for you, and you want to check them out as soon as soon you notice the first sign of problems with your skin. The sooner you go to work and start to support your skin in an active way, the sooner you’ll be looking and feeling your best.