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Skin changes

Menopause symptoms and treatments.

Skin Changes

Many women notice the quality and feel of their skin changes in perimenopause and menopause due to the drop in hormone levels. This may coincide with some hair loss, and having dry, brittle nails.

Some skin changes you may notice are:

  • Dry skin
  • Itchy skin
  • Sensation of something crawling over you (formication). See also numbness and tingling
  • Redness and rosacea (rosacea is more permanent redness on the nose and cheeks initially, then spreading to forehead and chin over time)
  • Spots and acne
  • Signs of sun damage like sunspots, thread veins, lines and wrinkles
  • Other facial signs of ageing like development of jowls

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Ways to help

  • For dry skin, use a non-foaming cleanser or emulsifying ointment to clean the skin instead of soap. Use a good moisturiser twice a day, especially after a bath or shower.
  • For itchy skin, rehydrate the skin using above tips to restore moisture, avoid scratching, have a lukewarm bath or shower rather than hot, avoid perfumed bubble bath and shower gels, pat rather than rub the skin dry, use mild laundry detergents, use a cold flannel when having a flare up, avoid spicy foods, caffeine and alcohol. If itchy skin becomes a persistent problem, see your doctor.
  • For redness and rosacea, avoid sun exposure and UV light, reduce spicy foods, caffeine and alcohol, use a minimal skincare routine of non-foaming cleanser and a light moisturiser with ceramides. See your doctor about rosacea if it becomes a problem.
  • For spots and acne, use non-comedogenic skincare products, and a cleanser containing salicylic acid to unblock pores, avoid exfoliating, try products with retinol or niacinamide in, giving it 6-8 weeks to take effect.
  • For sun damaged skin, avoid prolonged periods in the sun, wear factor 50 sun cream and reapply every 2 hours, wear a wide-brimmed hat to cover neck and chest too. See your doctor about darker sunspots or any changing moles.