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Dry as a Desert – Taking Care of Your Skin During Menopause

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Dry as a desertYou know those desert photos with cracked land formations and dried out river beds? Maybe that's how your face feels – and looks.

Menopause can do a number on your skin, especially around your eyes and on your hands and feet. Other areas may be flaking so badly it looks like it’s snowing whenever you disrobe. Might be embarrassing.

Your skin needs help, and the sooner the better.

Balance your hormones

An obvious option for treating menopause related skin changes is fixing the hormone issues which could be at the root of the problem. If you don’t have enough estrogen, your skin becomes thinner and less elastic, causing it to look dry and dull. It also loses it elasticity and support so you end up with some sagging and wrinkles. Using hormone replacement therapy (HRT) could be helpful. It comes in a variety of options and delivery systems, so you and your doctor can work together to choose the best one for you.

Make some lifestyle changes.

Some of your daily habits could be contributing to lackluster skin during menopause, so it’s time to make some changes.
  • If you smoke, quit.
  • Stay away from secondhand smoke.
  • Avoid excessive sun and chlorine exposure.
  • Don’t sleep in your make-up.
  • Get plenty of sleep.
  • Pass on hot tubs, saunas, and super hot showers.
  • Avoid excessive tweezing and waxing.
  • Skip the caffeine and alcohol.
  • Cut back on salt and sugar.
  • Drink more water.
  • Make better choices with your diet.
  • Manage stress.
  • Use the correct moisturizer religiously.
Menopause and aging happen to every woman, but you can give your skin a fighting chance. Talk to your doctor, visit a dermatologist, and create a skin care routine that’s right for your age and skin type. You won’t regret it.

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.

06-12-2017 - 09:31 PM


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