Menopause not only affects the internal body, it affects the skin as well.
Here’s a quick list of what many menopausal women experience in skin changes:
- Oily Skin: Estrogen levels decrease so testosterone is no longer masked. Testosterone stimulates sebaceous glands to secrete thicker sebum = oily skin and sometimes acne.
- Facial Hair: Again blame the testosterone – often see more hair in the chin area.
- Sagging Skin and Wrinkles: Loss of supportive fat below the skin of the face, neck, hands and arms. Skin has less beneath so sags and wrinkles follow.
- Elastosis: Lowered estrogen levels result in less production and repair of collagen and elastin in the dermis of the skin.
- Thinning Epidermis: Blood flow through the dermal capillaries is reduced during menopause, and less nutrients and oxygen are available to the skin accompanied by a reduction in the barrier function of the epidermis, leading to increased trans-epidermal water loss and dry skin.
- More Prone to Sun Damage: The number of melanocytes in the skin is reduced (they degenerate). With less melanocytes, we produce less of the protective melanin and skin appears lighter. Equate this with the more pronounced need for sunblock.
- Hyperpigmentation / Age Spots: Due to lack of regulation by estrogen, brown “age spots” appear on the face, hands, neck, arms and chest of many women.
Want to understand in detail why these changes occur?
Article source Dr. Diana Howard : http://dermalinstitute.com/us/library/12_article_How_Does_Menopause_Affect_the_Skin_.html
Although cosmetic dermatology can’t affect the natural influence of hormonal changes, there are a wide range of procedures and products that can help combat the negatives. From the simple use of retinols to increase the thickness of the skin to lightening agents and treatments for pigmentation to volume replacing fillers to refill a sagging skin envelope.