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Lackluster Skin During Menopause? Here Are the Why's and What For's

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Lackluster Skin During Menopause
Hot flashes, brain fog, and mood swings. You expected those with menopause. After all, you’ve heard numerous jokes and seen at least a million cartoons about all them for years. You even laughed about them when you were in your 30's. Unfortunately, they’re way too true now. And wrinkles, dry skin, and acne – where did those come from? You never read about any of those in the Sunday funny papers.

The baggage that comes with menopause can be enormous, dragging you down from head to toe. And while it does, it causes your skin to wrinkle, sag, bag, and flake. It’s not pretty and you’re confused about why it’s happening.

Take a load off – help has arrived.

Knowing the whys of your skin problems can help you work to minimize them. So here’s what you need to know. Menopause occurs when estrogen levels drop. That’s a problem for your skin. It’s estrogen that keeps your skin plump, moist, elastic, and healthy. Without it, your skin gets thinner, more wrinkled, and drier, leaving you with a duller, lackluster appearance.

There’s more. You need to know that menopause is indirectly affecting your skin, too. Those hot flashes and mood swings you were expecting, they brought friends – anxiety, stress, and sleeping problems. They’re all keeping you uptight and on edge, so you’re not taking care of yourself as you should. You’re staying tense, frowning, and squinting your eyes, none of which are doing your facial skin any good. You’re also skipping your workouts, not eating healthy, and too often reaching for alcohol and caffeine to keep yourself going. Unfortunately, your skin is paying the price.

What you can do about your skin.

Your hands aren’t tied. There’s a lot you can do to have healthy skin – it all depends on how much effort you want to put into it. Your skin care practices will need to change now that you’ve entered menopause and your skin has aged, but you can do it.

First and foremost, make some lifestyle changes. Your doctor’s been hounding you about many of them anyway. Eat healthy, exercise regularly, protect your skin in the sun, use a moisturizer, manage stress, don’t smoke, and cut back on the caffeine and alcohol. It might sound overwhelming, but if you take it one step at a time it’s not so hard. You can start by making better choices, finding little ways to work exercise into your day, and making a commitment to stick with a healthy lifestyle.

Secondly, consult your doctor, and get a second opinion, about using hormone replacement therapy (HRT). It’s not right for everyone, so you have to weigh your own pros and cons. Replacing your missing estrogen will alleviate annoying menopause symptoms and leave you feeling better. If you feel better, you're more apt to take better care of yourself, so your skin benefits directly and indirectly from HRT.

Finally, if you don’t have a dermatologist, now’s the time to find one. They are the experts when it comes to skin care and may know of newer treatments and methods which could be helpful for you. They can assess your skin, teat any current and underlying issues, and give you some tips for having healthier skin.

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 - 09:59 PM


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