Menopause is an incredibly complicated process that not only affects the internal body but the skin as well. And since your skin is the window to your body (somehow…), it tends to show some signs of distress pretty quickly. And you will see that a lot of signs actually have the same point of origin.
During menopause, your hormones experience a lot of changes
Oestrogen and progesterone provides skin glow, elasticity and hydration, we love them. As the ovarian function declines, the level of these hormones falls, we hate that.
Hormone imbalance during menopause causes collagen and elastic fibres degradation (LINK TO : article Always on ''How does menopause affect your skin? Acne, dryness, etc...'') takes its toll on your skin elastosis. A lack of skin moisture and prolonged wound healing can also occur. And all this thanks to UV and the fact that we may forget to protect ourselves from it from time to time.
Decreased oestrogen also cause redistribution of fat deposits, but not a very smart redistribution if you ask us...:
- loss of supportive fat below the skin of the face, neck, hands, breast and arms causing sagging.
- fat concentration over the abdomen and/or on the thighs and buttocks.
The loss of oestrogen also tends to affect blood flow, keeping nutrients and oxygen from reaching your skin. With less of what it needs to be at its top, your skin will probably look a little thinner and feel a little drier.
Is that it? Sorry, not quite…
You could also notice brown spots and hyperpigmentation here and there.
Nutrients and oxygen have a hard time reaching the skin
In addition to this, the adrenal glands and ovaries of post-menopausal women still secrete androgens. These hormones, in the absence of oestrogen, cause some other symptoms such as voice deepening, appearance of facial hair, oily skin and acne. Now wait a minute, we’re not saying “hello, you’ll be a man in a few seconds”. We’re saying hormones are tricky and determine a lot on women but on men too, so they may get confused and grant you a few masculine sides, but not all of your sides!
Key elements to remember
The main changes affecting your skin is the lack of oestrogen and the difficulty for nutrients and oxygen to reach the skin. Your skin being an organ, it needs all kinds of things to keep working properly. So, pretty much every hormonal change will impact your skin, all of them really…