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Posted on: September 10, 2015

Menopause's Effects on the Skin


Menopause is the period in woman’s life when the menstrual cycle ceases. This means that the woman’s hormonal levels subside, and she loses the ability to conceive. It mainly occurs when the woman hits ages between 45 and 50 (middle age). Menopause is accompanied by various health complications, some of which are skin related. The effects of menopause on a woman's skin are as a result of hormonal changes during and after menopause. Some of these effects on the skin include:     Hot flashes:One of the most noticeable effects of menopause is the regular and intense feeling of warmth under the skin. Sagging Skin and Wrinkles:This is also one of the most noticeable physical effects. It’s caused by redistribution of fats due to the lack of estrogen (responsible for stimulating fat deposits). Most of the redistributed fat concentrates over the abdomen, thighs, and buttocks. Oily Skin:As female hormones reduce, testosterone is unmasked; it stimulates the production of thicker sebum by the sebaceous glands, making the skin surface appear oily. Age Spots (Hyper pigmentation):Estrogen also influences melanin production. In its absence, melanin synthesis, in areas that have been exposed to high level of UV over the years, tends to be higher, resulting in darker spots. Highly Prone to Sun Burns:Due to the irregular synthesis of melanin, the levels of melanin might be lower than normal, leaving the skin more prone to UV rays that can cause damage to the skin. Facial Hair:As testosterone is unmasked, some women might develop facial hair, especially on the chin. Skincare is thus one of the most important things for any woman facing menopause to consider. Having good skin has been proven to improve self-confidence. It pays more than it costs to take care of the skin. When symptoms of menopause-related skin conditions manifest, it’s recommended to consult with an esthetician (a skin care practitioner found in salons, medispas and day spas) for tip and tricks on a suitable daily skin care routine. Even though an esthetician is not doctors and cannot diagnose all skin conditions, a good esthetician should have gone through a post-graduate education and up-to-date with the latest developments in skin care. It’s, therefore, advisable for women to practice skin care activities so as to evade adverse and irreversible destruction of the skin.


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