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Caring for your skin during menopause

Caring for your skin during menopause

Menopause is a significant transition that women go through in life, often accompanied by a variety of physical changes, including those in the skin. Ella Allred discusses these changes and how to care for skin during the menopause phase is essential for maintaining its health and vitality.

Why you may experience changes in your skin during menopause

During menopause, the body undergoes hormonal shifts, mostly a decrease in oestrogen production. Oestrogen has a vital role in the maintenance of skin elasticity, moisture and thickness. As its levels decline, the skin can become thinner and drier. It may also be more prone to irritation and other issues.

These changes are well documented in research. According to studies, declining oestrogen levels lead to decreased collagen production, which contributes to wrinkles and sagging skin. Lower oestrogen levels can reduce oil production, leading to dryness and itchiness. Continue reading how menopause affects your skin.

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Skin changes that may be caused by menopause

Itchy and prickly skin

Itchiness and a prickly sensation are common complaints during menopause. This discomfort often results from dryness and decreased skin elasticity.

Dry skin

A significant number of menopausal women experience dry skin. This occurs due to decreased oil production and impaired skin barrier function.

Skin rashes

Some women may develop skin rashes during menopause, possibly due to hormonal fluctuations or increased sensitivity.

Breakouts

Menopause can sometimes trigger acne or other types of breakouts due to hormone fluctuations.

Burning sensation of the skin

A burning sensation may occur on the skin, likely due to changes in nerve endings and decreased skin barrier function.

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Treating and looking after your skin through menopause

Taking time to care for your skin can improve many of these issues and promote overall skin health during menopause.

Skin care

Choose gentle, hydrating skincare products formulated for sensitive skin. Look out for ingredients including hyaluronic acid, ceramides and niacinamide to help retain moisture and strengthen the skin barrier.

You may be interested in reading the best foods and vitamins for healthy, glowing skin or trying one of our 5 easy smoothie recipes for glowing skin.

Diet

Menopause can play an impact on your gut health and vice versa. 91% of women who are going through the menopause experience changes in gut health. A change in the health of the gut microbiome can also lead to changes in the skin via the gut-skin axis

This is why a healthy balanced diet is important. A balanced diet that is rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and omega 3 fatty acids can improve skin health. Omega 3-rich foods include chia seeds, walnuts and algae oil.

In DR.VEGAN's latest skin research only 46% of people surveyed say they regularly drink two litres of water a day. Insufficient water intake can leave your skin dry and itchy, with a poor complexion and dull appearance. Staying hydrated is also essential for digestion.

The diet should also contain plenty of fibre to feed the good bacteria (probiotics) in the gastrointestinal tract. The good bacteria produce short-chain fatty acids, which are absorbed and are beneficial for the skin. Increasing fibre intake was one of the most effective changes in diet during the menopause reported by women in DR.VEGAN's latest menopause and gut health research.

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Supplements for menopause

  • Vitamin D: Vitamin D supplements can help with many issues, including keeping the skin healthy. Ask your doctor to test your vitamin D levels so you know how much to take. You may be interested in DR.VEGAN's award-winning vegan Vitamin D3.
  • Omega 3: Omega 3 fatty acids from algae oil are essential for maintaining moisture in the skin. The fats are also anti-inflammatory and may help decrease breakouts. DR.VEGAN's Vegan Omega 3 includes 1,000mg Omega oil, providing the optimal dosage of 300mg DHA and 150mg EPA per serving.  
  • Menopause supplements: MenoFriend® is a fully comprehensive formula that provides phytoestrogens to help keep menopausal women in balance. Phytoestrogens have a mild oestrogenic effect and help to keep the skin youthful, which may help support skin elasticity and hydration. If you are going through perimenopause, you may be interested in PeriMenoFriend®, an advanced formula for perimenopause including phytoestrogens.  
Discover The Menopause Hub.

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