Menopause like puberty is a completely natural process. It is something that women have to experience as they reach middle age. For some this rite of passage passes symptoms free. For others, it can be a difficult process that lasts for years. Please do seek specialised medical assistance for severe symptoms. The hormonal changes that occur during and after the menopause tend to change the skin’s physiology in different ways for different women giving your menopause skin. But we have the solution to many of these menopausal skin problems.
Skin Becomes Oily
During menopause, as oestrogen levels decrease, testosterone (produced by the adrenal glands) is no longer masked. This increased testosterone activity stimulates the sebaceous glands to secrete thicker sebum causing oily skin and the tendency for some women to develop adult acne or menopausal acne.
Products for Menopausal Acne & to Control Excess Oil Without Drying the Skin
Sagging Skin and Wrinkles
Oestrogens stimulate fat deposits over the female body. As oestrogen levels drop during menopause, fat deposits tend to become redistributed and often concentrated over the abdomen and/or on thighs and buttocks. The result is a loss of supportive fat below the skin of the face, neck, hands and arms that makes the skin look like it’s sagging.
Products that Firm the Skin
Decreased Elasticity of Skin
Synthesis of collagen and elastin, the proteins that keep skin firm, are partially controlled by oestrogens. With lowered oestrogen levels production and repair of collagen and elastin in the dermis of the skin is reduced. However, using products with the correct amino acids can minimise this effect.
Products the Stimulate Collagen and Elastin Synthesis
The growth and maintenance of blood capillaries in the dermis are partially under the control of the oestrogens. Blood flow through the skin capillaries is reduced during menopause. Because of this fewer nutrients and oxygen are available to the layers of the skin, it begins thinning. Thin skin results in poor barrier function of the epidermis – leading to increased trans-epidermal water loss and dry skin.
Products that Help Reduce Trans-Epidermal Water Loss & Rebuild the Skin
Hyperpigmentation / Age Spots
Oestrogen exerts a regulatory effect on the production of melanin – the hormone that pigments the skin. With the menopause melanin synthesis increases especially in the sun damaged area. This can result in brown “age spots” appearing on the face, hands, neck, arms and chest.