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Dry Skin and Menopause

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Woman scratching itchy skin after menopauseCould my dry skin be related to menopause?


Like most women, you know hot flashes, night sweats, and vaginal dryness are common menopause symptoms, but you may not be aware that dry skin can be, too. Changes to your skin can begin during perimenopause and can be directly related to your decreasing estrogen levels.

Estrogen is an important hormone for so many parts of your body, including your skin. Estrogen is necessary for your skin to produce collagen and oils which keep your skin smooth and moist. It’s essential for keeping your skin plump, elastic, and healthy. Estrogen also play a role in your skin’s protection, strength, and support.

Without adequate estrogen, your skin becomes thinner and less elastic. Dead cells can be released more quickly, leaving your skin look dry and dull. Your skin can lose it’s plumpness, strength, and support, causing it to sag and wrinkle. A lack of estrogen can also cause issues with your skin being able to heal and can make it more susceptible to trauma.

While you can’t avoid menopause, you can combat it’s effects. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can be an option for replacing the estrogen produced by your ovaries. It comes in a variety of delivery systems so you can choose the option that is best for you.

Before and during menopause, you can also take some extra steps to take care of your skin. Always wear sun screen, use a moisturizer, choose gentle soaps, and stay hydrated. It is also important not to smoke and to drink alcohol only in moderation. Exercising regularly and eating a healthy diet are also important for your skin.

If you notice dry or itching skin during menopause, talk to your doctor or consult with a dermatologist. Some skin issues may indicate there is an underlying medical condition which may require treatment.

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.

10-31-2015 - 11:32 AM


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