You’re not alone; it’s on the rise. We’ll help you deal when your skin thinks you’re past your prime. Your skin becomes more susceptible to sun damage due to decreased melanin protection. Then there are hot flushes due to increased sympathetic nervous system activity and dilation of blood vessels. Ageing will naturally affect the appearance of your skin, and menopause will accelerate that process and create new issues you’ve never dealt with before.
Problem: Sagging and wrinkles. Declining estrogen levels can speed up the process of skin sagging and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Solution: Use a night cream that contains retinol, a derivative of vitamin A. It helps trigger new collagen production and gradually helps smooth out fine lines and wrinkles.
Problem: Flaky, scaly dry skin. The blood capillaries under your skin bring oxygen and nutrients to the surface, in turn helping to strengthen the barrier function of the skin. During menopause, blood flow to the skin is often reduced, resulting in increased water loss through the dermal layer.
Solution: Avoid long, steamy showers and use a facial moisturiser or oil with hydrating ingredients, like shea butter, coconut or jojoba oil, and hyaluronic acid.
Problem: Acne. This happens due to the shift in the balance of estrogen and testosterone.
Solution: Look for cleansers and spot treatments that contain either salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. Salicylic acid helps unclog pores and keep them clear, while benzoyl peroxide helps dry up excess oil.
Problem: Facial Hair. The shift in the balance between androgen and estrogen levels can lead to excessive hair growth, particularly on the chin, upper lip, and cheeks. You may find single, thick dark hairs on your chin or peach fuzz-like hair on your face.
Solution: Tweezing, waxing, threading and other hair removal techniques can help you get rid of unwanted facial hair.