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5 Ways to Say Goodbye to Dry Skin in Menopause
From the Menopause and Hormones Articles List
has a dirty, itchy
, wrinkly and sometimes hairy little secret--it may be causing you and your skin much more trouble than you thought!
Sometimes we forget that the changes in estrogen
affect all of our body functions, including that of our protective layer. A decrease in estrogen means a decrease in elasticity, moisture, and other elements that keep your skin looking young and. vibrant. It can also unmask a pest we like to call testosterone
. Once the estrogen goes away, testosterone is free to run rampant, which could leave you with oily skin and/or facial hair on your chinny-chin-chin.
But never fear! HysterSisters is here, and we have dug up some great tips to help you say goodbye to menopause skin problems.
Dry, itchy skin
is one of the most common skin problems in menopausal women. Keep moisture in your skin by avoiding hot showers, excessive sun exposure, and harsh soaps. Quench your dry skin with a great moisturizer, nourish it with omega-3 fatty acids found in many nuts and fish, and protect it with a quality sunscreen.
If none of these help, you might explore other issues that may be affecting your skin, such as hypothyroidism, fungal infections, and/or vitamin deficiencies.
Excessively oily skin can be a result of testosterone coming out from behind the shadows of estrogen. The key to fighting oily skin is a diligent skin care routine. Be sure to cleanse, tone, and moisturize your face daily. A refining mask and a gentle scrub once or twice a week can also help remove surface oils. And for added measure, keep a tissue or something else to blot with when you are on the go.
CIAO, SUN DAMAGE!
We wish we could tell you that repairing sun damage was as easy as saying, “Ciao!” but unfortunately, that’s not the case.Your best plan of action at this point is to prevent further damage by wearing sunscreen every day. If your skin is suffering from a lifetime of harsh sun exposure, it might also be wise to get screened regularly for skin cancer
Okay, okay, saying goodbye forever may not be an option here, but there are some ways to help smooth out some of those pesky wrinkles. The key is collagen—the key protein in your skin. Healthcare professionals estimate that about a third of the collagen in your skin is lost in the first five years of menopause! The remedy usually includes topical, prescription-strength retinoids, rich with vitamin A, that help stimulate collagen in the skin. Your dermatologist should be able to present you with a variety of options.
SAYONARA, FACIAL HAIR!
If you have discovered unwanted facial hair, locking yourself in a dark room is not the solution. For small areas, you can try the standard tweezing/bleaching/waxing routine. If that none of those do the trick, you can talk to your dermatologist about a prescription cream or laser hair removal.
Whatever is ailing your skin, never underestimate the power of estrogen. We hope this lists helps you on your way to healthy, beautiful skin at any age!
This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.
05-22-2017 - 02:57 PM
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