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What happens to your Skin during Perimenopause and Menopause?

 Skin appearance is associated with perceptions of beauty and changes to the skin which occur in menopause may affect your self-image. You may feel that you suddenly look older. This may reduce your self-confidence and cause anxiety. 

Your skin is the largest organ in the body and the female hormone estrogen assists with its blood supply, elasticity and its ability to hold water.  The skin changes which occur with menopause can have a significant impact on the way you look but also on your psychological health. Estrogen plays a vital role in keeping the skin young, elastic, and healthy. 

Estrogen helps the skin by stimulating the production of oil, collagen, and other substances involved in skin health and also helps wound healing. As estrogen levels decline during menopause the skin becomes thinner and drier. The decline in estrogen during perimenopause and menopause can have a significant effect on the skin. 

Here are some examples:
·         Bruises easier
·         Fine lines and wrinkles
·         Acne
·         Pigmentation
·         A decrease in collagen
·         Dry Skin
·         Sagging skin
·         Poor wound healing
·         Hair growth on the face
·         Hair loss on the head
·         Allergies
·         Sensitive skin
·         Reduced vitamin D production

Approximately 30 percent of the collagen in your skin is lost in the first five years of postmenopausal life, with an average decline of 1 to 2 percent per year. This decline may cause you to notice fine lines and wrinkles that you didn’t have before. Furthermore, decreased estrogen levels can cause the skin to become itchy, sensitive, or irritated. You may also notice that they are more sensitive to fabrics, soaps, or beauty products. 

If you want to know how to revive your menopausal skin and get back your glow then have a listen to my conversation with Phillipa Butler on her wonderful podcast Moving Through Menopause
Thanks Phillipa for such a great conversation.