Menopause Skin Problems

by Laura Ramirez on August 22, 2011

Most menopause skin problems are directly caused by hormonal changes, especially the decline of estrogen levels in the body. Signs of skin aging are to be expected, but there are specific symptoms of menopause that can also affect the largest organ of the body, which is the skin.

 

  • Dry skin is primarily caused by the waning of estrogen production usually somewhere between the mid-forties and late fifties. Estrogen is responsible for a lot of physical aspects of a woman’s body, including strong bones, healthy hair and nails, and skin elasticity. Healthy skin has just the right amount of sebum production (an overabundance results in oily, greasy skin). Decreased estrogen levels cause slower sebaceous gland activity, and along with other factors such as pollution plus unhealthy habits including smoking and excessive alcohol drinking, definitely bring about epidermal dryness.

 

  • Wrinkles and sagging skin are by-products of dryness plus other factors such as natural skin cell deterioration, too much exposure to sunlight, and pollutants. It is one of the most common menopause skin problems also linked to significantly reduced estrogen production. The dermis, which is the second layer of skin found beneath the topmost epidermis, contains elastin and collagen. They dictate the skin’s firmness and elasticity. No cosmetic alteration or masking can affect the dermis, so the skin shows signs of aging because of collagen cell breakdown. Smoking, excessive alcohol intake, and stress also factor in on wrinkles.

 

  •  Dark circles around the eyes are commonly attributed to stress and late nights. However, dermatological studies show that aging and the onset of menopause cause the skin around the eyes to become thinner and more transparent. Capillaries that burst (another direct cause of estrogen affecting breakdown of collagen cells) cause the thinned skin to look bruised and tired.

 

  • Acne is one of the most bewildering menopause skin problems because it is typically associated with adolescence. The thing to remember is that most post-adolescent breakouts occur because of fluctuating hormone levels (also true during pregnancy). Menopausal acne can happen to women in their mid forties to early sixties. The dramatic decrease of estrogen levels coupled with the increase of testosterone (also known as male hormones) pave the way for overproduction of sebum and clogged pores.

 

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Menopause skin problems can be relieved with supplemental estrogen and healthy lifestyle changes.

It is safe to say that hormones, particularly estrogen, play a big part in the incidence of menopause skin problems. Many of these issues can be relieved by using an over the counter estrogen cream such as Source Naturals Phyto-Estrogen Cream, 4 oz

Add age and other elements such as stress, an unhealthy lifestyle, and pollution, and the skin can end up looking and feeling old and tired. There are safe, natural, and effective ways to address these skin problems, but not to the point of eliminating them (unless cosmetic surgery is involved). The most important step is to learn how to take care of the skin by letting go of harmful habits such as smoking, excessive drinking of alcoholic beverages, and staying up late; and learning to embrace healthy ones like eating fiber-rich food, drinking lots of water, exercising regularly, and learning to relax and not give in to stress and anxiety.

Copyright © 2011 by Laura Ramirez. All rights reserved.

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