“The decline in skin collagen after menopause occurs at a much more rapid rate in the early postmenopause years, and some 30% of skin collagen is lost during…”.1

Umbrella
What may the Menopause Skin Changes Umbrella include?

Depending on the Source (DotS) this Umbrella may include:

  • Acne
  • Dry Skin
  • Formication
  • Itchy Skin
  • Less Elastic or “Stretchy” Skin
  • Less Younger Looking Skin
  • Saggy Skin
  • Thinner Feeling Skin
  • Wrinkly Skin

Menopause

Is there an association between menopause and skin changes?

Yes. In Caring for Your Skin In Menopause: Jowls, Slack Skin, and Wrinkles the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) elaborate on:

“In menopause, skin quickly loses collagen. Studies show that women’s skin loses about 30% of its collagen during the first five years of menopause. After that, the decline is more gradual. Women lose about 2% of their collagen ever year for the next 20 years. As collagen diminishes, our skin loses it firmness and begins to sag. Jowls appear. Permanent lines run from the tip of the nose to the corners of the mouth. Wrinkles that used to appear only with a smile or frown become visible all the time. Later, the tip of the nose dips. You may see pouches under your eyes. Large pores also are due to lack of skin firmness”.2

Aging

Is there an association between aging and skin changes?

Yes. In Skin Care and Aging the (United States) National Institute on Aging (NIA) elaborate on:

Menopause Skin Changes “Your skin changes with age. It becomes thinner, loses fat, and no longer looks as plump and smooth as it once did. Your veins and bones can be seen more easily. Scratches, cuts, or bumps can take longer to heal. Years of sun tanning or being out in the sunlight for a long time may lead to wrinkles, dryness, age spots, and even cancer. But, there are things you can do to protect your skin and to make it feel and look better”.3

In Menopause FAQs: Your Health After Menopause – Q. What can I do about my aging skin? the NAMS also note:

“A. Genetics, sun damage, fat redistribution, smoking, and the decline in estrogen at menopause all contribute to the loss of collagen and elasticity and to the uneven skin tone of aging skin. Decreased water and fat content of the skin, as well as reduced sweat and oil production, contribute to dryness”.4

Sunlight

Is there an association between sunlight and skin changes?

Yes. The NAMS explain:

“Exposure to sunlight causes skin to age and is responsible for variations in pigmentation (skin colour). Because aging skin is more prone to sun damage (including skin cancer), use of a good sunscreen is essential”.5

Smoking

Is there an association between smoking and skin changes?

Yes. According to the NAMS:

“In smokers, the effects of aging on the skin are more pronounced. Long-time smokers have more skin damage, particularly wrinkles around the lips and dark circles under the eyes. So, maintaining skin health is another good reason not to smoke”.6

Acne

Is there an association between acne and midlife?

Often. The NAMS explain:

“Women who had acne during their teen years will often have acne in midlife”.7

Does adult acne respond to teenage acne therapies?

Rarely. According to the NAMS:

“Adult acne rarely responds to teenage acne therapies (lotions, soaps, antibiotics). Treatment with oral contraceptives may help, but is only an option for very healthy, nonsmoking women during the menopause transition”.8

Formication

What is formication?

DotS the definition of formication may vary. The NAMS’s definition is:

“Formication. Irritating sensations to the skin, ranging from severe itching to phantom symptoms of “ants crawling on their skin” experienced by some perimenopausal women”.9

Dry Itchy Skin

What are some ways to help dry, itchy skin?

The NIA explain:

“Here are some ways to help dry, itchy skin:

  • Use moisturizers, like lotions, creams, or ointments, every day
  • Take fewer baths or showers and use milder soap. Warm water is less drying than hot water. Don’t add bath oil to your water. It can make the tub too slippery
  • Try using a humidifier, an appliance that adds moisture to a room”.10

Anti-Aging Skin Care Tips

What are some anti-aging skin care tips?

The NAMS note:

“Using effective sunscreen, moisturizing, staying hydrated, and not smoking all help improve your skin’s appearance and prevent further damage. (Just make sure you get adequate vitamin D if you are diligent about sunscreen and covering up)”.11

In Skin Care In Your 40s and 50s: How To Create An Anti-Aging Skin Care Plan the American Academy of Dermatology elaborate on:

“Anti-Aging Skin Care Tips

  1. Protect your skin from the sun…
    • Seek shade…
    • Cover up in style…
    • Slather on the sunscreen every day before going outdoors…
  2. Forget about indoor tanning….
  3. Apply moisturizer everyday…
  4. Wash away dirt and grime twice a day…
  5. Stop smoking…
  6. Eat healthy foods…
  7. Get enough sleep…”.12

Products

What products on the market for aging skin, have the ability to repair it?

The NAMS explain:

“There are many products on the market for aging skin, but only the topical retinoids have a well-documented ability to repair it. Even hormone therapy does not have solid evidence that it helps aging skin, so you should not use it just because it might be helpful”.13

Health Care Provider

What if I have some skin changes I am concerned about, including down there?

If you have some skin changes you are concerned about – anywhere – it may be in your best interest to choose to talk to your health care provider about this. The NIA note:

“Check your skin often. If you find any changes that worry you, see your doctor”.14

The AAD also note:

“Skin cancer and pre-cancerous skin growths also become more common”.15

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  1. North American Menopause Society. Menopause Guidebook: 5. Midlife Body Changes: Skin, Hair, and Oral Health – Skin. 8th Edition 2015:40
  2. Caring for Your Skin In Menopause. American Academy of Dermatology https://www.aad.org/public/skin-hair-nails/skin-care/skin-care-during-menopause Accessed: 18 June 2020
  3. Skin Care and Aging. Content Reviewed: 01 October 2017. National Institute on Aging https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/skin-care-and-aging Accessed: 18 June 2020
  4. Menopause FAQs: Your Health After Menopause – Q. What can I do about my aging skin? North American Menopause Society https://www.menopause.org/for-women/menopause-faqs-your-health-after-menopause Accessed: 18 June 2020
  5. North American Menopause Society. Menopause Guidebook: 5. Midlife Body Changes: Skin, Hair, and Oral Health – Skin. 8th Edition 2015:40
  6. North American Menopause Society. Menopause Guidebook: 5. Midlife Body Changes: Skin, Hair, and Oral Health – Skin. 8th Edition 2015:40
  7. North American Menopause Society. Menopause Guidebook: 5. Midlife Body Changes: Skin, Hair, and Oral Health – Skin. 8th Edition 2015:40
  8. North American Menopause Society. Menopause Guidebook: 5. Midlife Body Changes: Skin, Hair, and Oral Health – Skin. 8th Edition 2015:40
  9. Menopause Glossary: F – Formication. North American Menopause Society https://www.menopause.org/for-women/menopause-glossary#F Accessed: 18 June 2020
  10. Skin Care and Aging: Dry Skin and Itching. Content Reviewed: 01 October 2017. National Institute on Aging https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/skin-care-and-aging Accessed: 18 June 2020
  11. Menopause FAQs: Your Health After Menopause – Q. What can I do about my aging skin? North American Menopause Society https://www.menopause.org/for-women/menopause-faqs-your-health-after-menopause Accessed: 18 June 2020
  12. Skin Care In Your 40s and 50s: Anti-Aging Skin Care Tips. American Academy of Dermatology https://www.aad.org/skin-care-basics/skin-care-in-your-40s-and-50s Accessed: 18 June 2020
  13. Menopause FAQs: Your Health After Menopause – Q. What can I do about my aging skin? North American Menopause Society https://www.menopause.org/for-women/menopause-faqs-your-health-after-menopause Accessed: 18 June 2020
  14. Skin Care and Aging: Keep Your Skin Healthy. Content Reviewed: 01 October 2017. National Institute on Aging https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/skin-care-and-aging#healthy Accessed: 18 June 2020
  15. Caring for Your Skin In Menopause: Age Spots and Other Signs of Sun Damaged Skin. American Academy of Dermatology https://www.aad.org/public/skin-hair-nails/skin-care/skin-care-during-menopause Accessed: 18 June 2020
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