What effect does menopause have on skin?

Let’s talk about menopause. Now, I think we can all agree that aging is no fun. Now if those hot flashes, mood swings, and the dreaded slowed metabolism were not enough now you are worrying about your skin.

What is menopause?

Characterized by termination of menstrual cycles and decrease in natural estrogen and progesterone hormone levels. This is a transition state that last a few years usually around the age 52.1

What effect does menopause have on skin?

Usually, the first sign is increased skin dryness then accompanied by decreased firmness and elasticity.2 This is due to a decrease in the skin’s natural oil production levels, collagen content, thickness of the middle layer of skin (the dermis), and amount of elastin fibers.2 Structural changes are prompted by the loss of the skin’s elasticity and hydration resulting in wrinkle formation.2 The decreased thickness of the skin is likely due to the decrease in existing collagen and new collagen production.2 This is important because “studies have shown that up to 30% of dermal collagen may be lost in the first 5 years after menopause, and collagen decreases by approximately 2.1% per year. Likewise, skin thickness decreases 1.1% per year.”2 Finally, oxidative damage is damage caused by sunlight, pollution, blue light, smoking, and more. Estrogen plays a role in protecting our skin from this environmental damage, so it is important to include antioxidants in your skin care routine for the protective qualities.

Image: Collagen, fibroblast, and elastin levels in younger skin compared to older skin3

You have plenty of things to worry about during this transition - your skin should not have to be one of them. We, at Dermatologist’s Choice, are here to support you.

So where should I start?

Ultra Anti-Aging Cream - formulated and tested to deliver results for multiple skin concerns, such as anti-aging, acne, skin pigmentation, skin texture, sun damage, and clogged pores. This night face, neck, and eye cream contains 15% non-neutralized Glycolic Acid. Naturally derived from sugar cane, this effective AHA is powerful but not harmful to smooth and clear fine lines and acne. Application 2-3 times a week will activate the skin's cell renewal process and increase production of collagen within the skin.

What this product solves: Wrinkle appearance reduction, stimulates collagen production, and moisturizes.

When to use: Use at night 2-3 times a week after washing your face. Increase frequency of use as skin builds tolerance to formula.

Pre-Bath Oil – Made with organic Sunflower seed oil, Jojoba oil, and Sweet Almond oil, the Pre-Bath Oil is high in Vitamin E, A, D and C; and omega-3 fatty acids for strong antioxidant properties and zinc for skin healing. This serum moisturizes just like the skin’s natural oils that are decreased during menopause! This product feels light on the skin and non-pore clogging which allows it to be used on the face, neck, and body for optimal results.

What this product solves: Dry skin, oxidative damage, and poor skin healing

When to use: Use before each bath/shower (avoiding use on feet). Apply before washing face. Apply in the morning as a moisturizer.

 

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References

  1. Menopause basics. (2019, March 18). Retrieved August 17, 2020, from https://www.womenshealth.gov/menopause/menopause-basics/
  2. Addor F. (2018). Beyond photoaging: additional factors involved in the process of skin aging. Clinical, cosmetic and investigational dermatology11, 437–443. https://doi.org/10.2147/CCID.S177448
  3. Smith, Y. (2019, February 27). What is the Dermis? Retrieved August 17, 2020, from https://www.news-medical.net/health/What-is-the-Dermis.aspx

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