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5 Simple Natural Solutions for Skin Changes in Menopause

As if weight gain, headaches, and hot flashes aren’t bad enough! Do you feel your skin looks different since perimenopause hit too?

Dark spots and wrinkles come with aging. No surprise there. But there are other skin changes in menopause, like itchiness and sensitivity, that crop up with no warning. Find out how to improve skin issues while going through the hormonal changes of perimenopause and menopause.

Common Skin Changes in Menopause

So, you’ve started using a facial serum that smooths the appearance of fine lines and a rich nighttime moisturizer to help ward of excessive dryness. Here are a few more common skin changes in menopause you may experience.

Loss of Elasticity: Have you noticed sagging skin or the beginning of jowls? Estrogen is the hormone that makes skin look healthy and youthful, and lower estrogen levels cause the skin to become loose and droopy. This may also create deeper looking wrinkles and a lackluster complexion.

Thinning Skin: Good ol’ estrogen is also responsible for making skin look firm. When levels go down, so does skin thickness. Thinner skin not only looks older, but also makes capillaries and redness more visible. Thin skin is also more prone to sun damage.

Increased Sensitivity: Even if you’ve never had particularly sensitive skin in the past, hormonal fluctuations during menopause can bring it on. Would you be surprised to learn estrogen loss is the culprit here too? Yes, lower estrogen levels lead to feelings of skin sensitivity.

Itchiness: Again, due to low estrogen (sensing a theme yet?), skin itchiness and rashes may develop. Less estrogen means fewer natural oils keeping skin moisturized, and dry skin is prone to irritation and discomfort.

Acne: You thought blemished skin disappeared with your teens. So, what’s with the breakouts? Not only are zits unexpected during menopause, traditional acne products don’t work and it’s all chalked up to hormonal imbalance.

5 Simple Natural Solutions for Skin Changes in Menopause

This may paint a less-than-pretty picture of perimenopause and menopause, at least where the skin is concerned. But take heart. There are natural tips and eco-friendly beauty products to keep your skin looking its best during times of hormonal flux.

1. Moisturize: If there’s one skincare step that is super important during menopause, it’s moisturizing. Proper moisturization improves the look and feel of many menopausal skin maladies. From thinning and sagging, to itchiness and sensitivity, moisturized skin is happy skin. Choose a moisturizer made with rich oils and slather it on!

2. Cleanse Gently: While your skin may have tolerated a foaming cleanser every day in years past, it may be time to switch things up. Use an oil cleanser to remove makeup and cleanse away dirt and debris. Oils leave skin feeling soft and soothed. Save your foaming cleanser for when the skin is sweaty or feels extra dirty.

3. Calm Down: Products made with ingredients that lend a calming sensation will quell feelings of irritation and improve the appearance of uneven skin tone. Try a facial mist with aloe and chamomile after cleansing.

4. Balance Breakouts: Take a gentle approach when addressing menopausal acne. Most conventional acne products dry out the skin in an attempt to decrease oil production. Try an oil blend with naturally balancing ingredients, like evening primrose, that work to gently restore a clear appearance.

5. Protect Daily: Whether you’ve faithfully protected your skin from sun damage through the years or not, it is essential to wear sunscreen during menopause. Remember, thinner skin is more susceptible to sun damage, so wear a daily SPF.