While hot flashes and night sweats are some of the most commonly talked-about symptoms of menopause, this change that typically occurs around the age of 50 can also have some unwanted effects on women’s skin. If you’ve noticed that your skin seems to look and feel drier and dehydrated, that’s because the hormonal changes triggered by perimenopause and menopause can affect your skin as well as many other physical and emotional aspects.
Read on to learn more about the connection between itching and menopause and what you can do to diminish dryness and restore smoother, more comfortable skin.
The Effect of Menopause on Women’s Skin
At the onset of menopause, women’s bodies go through a number of changes, including hormone fluctuations that can trigger many of the common symptoms of itching and menopause. When it comes to the look and feel of your skin, these fluctuations can, in turn, decrease your skin’s natural production of important oils. In addition, blood flow to the skin may be reduced during menopause, which can also contribute to dryness, flaking, and thinning skin.
Studies have found that the female sex hormone estrogen plays a role in protecting the skin against the harmful effects of the sun’s UV rays (Photochemistry and Photobiology). As a result, women’s skin may be more prone to sun damage during menopause. Not only can the sun lead to signs of accelerated aging like wrinkles and dark spots, but it can also lead to excessive dryness, itching, flaking, and redness.
How to Combat Dryness and Itching
There are a number of actions you can take to help alleviate itching and menopause symptoms in general. These include adjusting your diet to include more essential fatty acids and soy, getting regular exercise, and talking to your doctor about severe symptoms that may be best addressed through hormone replacement therapy (U.S. News).
However, the best approach to combating skin symptoms like dryness, itching, and flaking is to use the right moisturizer as frequently as needed throughout the day, as well as avoiding any harsh skin care ingredients that could be making matters worse. It is also important to wear sunscreen on a daily basis to help keep your skin protected from UV damage that could lead to increased dryness as well.
When choosing the right moisturizer for severely dry, itchy skin, look for a formula that contains essential micronutrients like vitamins A, C, and E to help replenish and nourish your skin. You can find these key ingredients in gentle, lightweight Eksem Moisturizing Body Cream by Epiphany Therapeutics. Equally important to what Eksem contains, though, is what it does not contain. You won’t find any harsh or potentially drying ingredients like fragrances, parabens, petrolatum, or steroids in Eksem, so feel free to keep a bottle in your car, office, purse, and nightstand and apply as frequently as you feel is necessary, without worrying about adverse side effects. Because of its nourishing qualities and light, gentle formula, Eksem can help to relieve symptoms of dryness, itching, flaking, and redness, even when countless other products could not.
Itching and Menopause: In Summary
While the severity of itching and menopause symptoms can vary, many women report experiencing skin problems associated with increased dryness during this stage of life. Before you opt for a steroid cream or other harsh product, consider giving Eksem Moisturizing Body Cream a try to help soothe and rehydrate dry, itchy skin. Combine this with adopting a healthy diet, getting enough exercise, and working with your doctor to help control other itching and menopause-related symptoms and start feeling more like yourself again!
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About the Authors
William Goolsbee has spent his career in Life Sciences including leading roles in drug development in immunology and genetic medicine. Recent senior positions include Chairman of the Board at Sarepta Therapeutics and Founder and CEO at Metrodora Therapeutics.
Dr. Gil Price
Gil Price M.D. is the Chief Medical Officer at the Propharma Group, where he provides medical supervision for all clinical trials. He previously served as the Chief Executive Officer of Drug Safety Solutions, where he oversaw safety monitoring for drugs in clinical development. Dr. Price also served as the Director of Clinical Development at Medimmune Oncology and Director of Medical Affairs at Glaxo.