Ask the Expert: 4 Ways Menopause Can Affect Your Skin
Menopause is a natural biological process, but it’s not without its pitfalls. Aside from the hot flashes and mood swings, the hormonal fluctuations that occur during this time—usually for women in their 40s or 50s—can do a number on the skin. Below, a few changes that may occur as a woman approaches—and deals with—menopause.
Menopausal women find themselves suddenly deficient of their main estrogenic hormone, B-Estradiol. As a result, supportive fat below the skin of the face, neck, hands and arms may diminish, allowing sagging skin and wrinkles to appear. To help your skin combat the signs of aging, arm yourself with all-star products—think: anti-wrinkle creams, vitamin C serums, retinols—that’ll get the job done. Not sure what to choose? Check out five of our favorite products to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
Some women undergoing menopause may notice thinning of their skin, which is often accompanied by a reduced skin barrier function. A compromised skin barrier can lead to increased moisture loss, less elasticity, and drier-than-normal skin. To hydrate your skin and possibly restore a plump appearance, opt for products formulated with hyaluronic acid. The ingredient—found in many cleansers, serums, and moisturizers—is able to attach and hold on to large quantities of moisture. One product infused with a high dose of hyaluronic acid we love is L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Volume Filler Daily Re-Volumizing Moisturizer.
Estrogen—or the lack thereof—may also cause fluctuations with melanin production. Since estrogen regulates melanin synthesis, some women may notice discoloration and age spots on areas of skin exposed to UV rays over the years, like the face, neck, arms and chest. In addition, menopausal skin is more prone to sun damage, making it even more crucial for women to protect their skin with broad-spectrum sunscreen each and every day, rain or shine.
As hormonal changes occur, oil-producing glands may kick into overdrive and secrete thicker sebum, leading to the possibility of adult acne for some women. If you find yourself suddenly breaking out, reach from topical treatments with common acne-fighting ingredients, like salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide. We like La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo. Formulated with micronized benzoyl peroxide and micro-exfoliating LHA to help reduce the appearance of acne blemishes, clear pores from debris and oil, and smooth skin roughness. For severe breakouts that don’t respond to product use, consult your dermatologist.