How Menopause affects our Skin and Complexion
Hot flashes, brain fog, and lagging libido are things that have an effect on a women’s body as they enter menopause and estrogen begins to reduce.
It also affects our complexion!
Studies show that estrogen plays a role in collagen production and our skin’s elasticity, thickness, and moisture levels, as well as healthy blood vessels. When our bodies begin to slow down the production of estrogen, it can increase lines and wrinkles, dryness, sensitivity, dullness, and sagging skin.
Estrogen begins to decline during perimenopause, which can begin as early as the mid-40s for some women and continue through menopause and post-menopause. Your skin issues may be more subtle in perimenopause and more severe post-menopause, but they all affect the skin similarly.
Symptoms and what to do about it.
As estrogen levels decline, the skin’s epidermis thickens, reducing oil production. Skin becomes drier, and tiny microtears can form, allowing moisture to escape and irritants and allergens to enter. You may also see an increase in inflammatory skin conditions.
What to do
Switch to a mild or gentle cleanser that won’t strip dry skin of its essential oils. To add moisture and help keep it in the skin, use a moisturizer with ingredients such as ceramides, shea butter, fatty acids, squalene, glycerin, and hyaluronic acid.
Menopause-induced dryness coupled with lagging cell turnover, due to aging, makes skin look dull as the dead skin cells start building up on the skin. This doesn’t reflect the light as well and that reflection is what gives our skin that youthful glow.
What to do
Exfoliation is key to keeping skin looking glowing. Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) will help slough off dead skin to reveal brighter skin. Glycolic acid, an AHA, is ideal because it attracts moisture. Use a glycolic-containing serum every other day if your skin can tolerate it.
Suggested Alumier MD products are Bright and Clear, Lotus Scrub and Enzymatic Peel.
Fine Lines and Wrinkles
The culprit here is the dwindling collagen supply. You start to lose about one percent of your collagen annually in your 30s, but that depletion quickly escalates during post-menopause.
What to do
Topical retinoids stimulate collagen production and increase cell turnover, making the skin smoother. Vitamin C serum is essential for collagen production.
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Acne usually begins in puberty, but many adults also develop the condition. During the menopausal years, your estrogen levels go down, your ratio of female-to-male hormones changes—male hormone levels go up and those male hormones, called androgens, are one of the main causes of pimples.
What to do
This is a job for retinol. Because it revs up cell turnover, pores stay clear and are less likely to clog and form a pimple. Plus, you can clear breakouts and soften lines at the same time.
Retinol Resurfacing Serum is a pure potent retinol serum that dramatically improves the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, blemishes, and skin texture, while evening skin tone.
Just as collagen depletes with age, so does its partner elastin—and that’s the stuff that keeps skin taut. When you go through menopause you may notice loss of skin elasticity around the jawline and neck. With the decline in collagen the skin becomes more fragile and prone to sagging, lines and wrinkles.
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What to do
To prevent sagging, sunscreen, and antioxidants like vitamins C, E, and Co-Q10, are essential. Research has shown that estrogen protects against photoaging, so preventing sun damage is especially important as estrogen declines.
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