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How menopause affects the skin and tips to treat it
Menopause: it’s the shift that plays havoc on the skin as well as the hormones. Dry dehydrated skin fluctuates with recurrences of the acne you thought became extinct after puberty. We asked our expert skin therapists to explain what happens to the skin during this time of change and how to treat it.
What happens to the skin during menopause?
- Oestrogen and progesterone hormones rapidly decline leading to accelerated skin ageing aka intrinsic ageing.
- The manufacture and repair of collagen and elastin decreases particularly if the skin is exposed to UV rays.
- Skin loses resilience, elasticity and firmness whilst the appearance of wrinkles, scars and expression lines deepen.
- Age spots and pigmentation appear due to a decline in oestrogen – the regulator of melanin.
- The skin produces less melanin therefore prone to sun damage, stressing the importance of using a broad-spectrum sunscreen each day.
- As oestrogen levels decrease, testosterone becomes dominant stimulating sebaceous glands to secrete thicker sebum, giving the appearance of oily skin and the tendency toward adult acne in some women. Blood flow through dermal capillaries is reduced decreasing the availability of nutrients and oxygen through epidermal layers. This contributes to thinning of the skin, a slower cell turnover rate, increased trans-epidermal water loss and dry skin. As these natural lipids diminish, increased sensitivity occurs making menopausal skins more prone to rashes, sensitivity and dermatitis.
Tips for treating the skin during menopause
- Address structural and visible changes whilst maintaining the integrity of the skin.
- As hormones fluctuate skin can become unpredictable so a flexible regime works best.
- We recommend booster treatments such as hydrating serums, products containing gentle resurfacing ingredients, and peptides.
- Peptides will be most beneficial to stimulate collagen production and boost skin’s elasticity, which is important as skin becomes thinner and starts to sag.
- Look for products, which assist in replenishing diminishing moisture levels on the surface of the skin whilst stimulating cell renewal.
- Alternate your daily cleanser with a hydration boosting cleansing oil or Glycolic based renewing wash.
- Alternate your regular serum with specifically targeted treatments.
- Gentle regular exfoliation will help to avoid dead skin cell buildup.
- It is vital to use broad-spectrum SPF protection every day.
- Problematic skins should seek a non-drying treatment regime that utilises natural antibacterial ingredients to assist in balancing hormonally induced breakouts whilst maintaining the skin’s hydration levels.
What Alpha-H products are recommended for skin during menopause?
The Liquid Laser range has been specifically designed to address conditions that arise in peri and post-menopausal skins particularly dry, fragile and lacklustre skin types. This range consists of Liquid Laser Cleansing Oil, Liquid Laser Concentrate and the Liquid Laser Super Anti-Ageing Balm.
Problematic skins and those experiencing an outbreak of adult acne will benefit from choosing a non-drying Salicylic Acid based regime, which works effectively to target underlying hormonal cysts. The Clear Skin Collection is a simple three-step programme that may be used alone or in conjunction with other products to control nasty breakouts.
For a more personalised regime for your skin please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org