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7 Surprising Ways Menopause Affects Your Skin

7 Surprising Ways Menopause Affects Your Skin

Every woman goes through menopause, but many say they are caught off guard by some of the symptoms, and some may not even realize they’ve entered this phase. The biggest “giveaway” is an inconsistent period, but perimenopause and menopause can affect your skin, sleep patterns, libido, and mood, too.

Our goal today is to shine some light on what to expect regarding skincare changes caused by menopause and perimenopause, and steps you can take to combat symptoms and prioritize your wellbeing. 

When Are You In Menopause and Perimenopause?

Perimenopause refers to the “time leading to” menopause, which can last anywhere from seven to 12 years on average, says Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz, MD, OBGYN and author of The Menopause Bootcamp. You’re considered in full menopause once you haven’t had a period for 12 consecutive months (for no other medical reason). 

No two people are the same, but perimenopause frequently begins in your 40s. However, it can start as early as your late 30s or well into your 50s. The average age for reaching menopause is around 51, but it can occur anywhere between the late 40s and early 50s.

Surprised By This Info? You’re Not Alone.

For something that every woman goes through, it’s interesting to note that many aren’t prepared for peri or menopause. In fact, Dr. Suzanne points to a United Kingdom study published in 2023 where 80% of women had no idea what to expect during this phase of their life. In fact, 57% and 45%, respectively of peri and post menopausal women surveyed felt that they had no information at all about menopause. 

“This reflects the experience of my younger patients,” Dr. Suzanne says. “They are confused when they experience changes in their cycle, sleep, skin, weight, health status and sex lives.” These surprising numbers and anecdotal information demonstrates the importance of providing more education on these topics and encouraging open dialogue.

How Your Skin Changes During Menopause 

While you may expect certain changes—like hot flashes or libido shifts—with menopause, some are surprised to learn that this phase of life can impact their skin, too. Here are some notable signs and symptoms that occur due to these major hormonal shifts in the body:

  • Skin Laxity: “A loss of collagen and elastin associated with declining estrogen levels,” says Dr. Suzanne. This causes a sagging or drooping effect, especially when paired with natural fat and bone loss that occurs as we age. 

  • Fine Lines and Wrinkles: Similarly, this loss of collagen and elastin contribute to more dramatic fine lines and wrinkles.  

  • Acne: According to Dr. Suzanne, changes in androgen (testosterone) levels compared to estrogen and progesterone levels can lead to a surprising case of mature acne, “especially new onset or return of adolescent-like cystic acne.” 

  • Dryness: Skin becomes drier during perimenopause and menopause due to a declining estrogen and changing hormone ratios. This is well-documented in regard to vaginal dryness, but can impact your body’s largest organ, too. As we get older, our skin naturally experiences an increase in transepidermal water loss (TEWL) and reduced sebum production, which can exacerbate dry skin, as well. 

  • Inflammation: With perimenopause and menopause, you may see a “rise in inflammatory skin conditions, such as rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, allergies, and lichen sclerosus,” Dr. Suzanne notes. 

  • Increased Sensitivity: Some women may find their skin becomes more sensitive during menopause, reacting to skincare products or environmental factors. 

  • Facial Hair: What was once a singular chin hair may turn into a bit more as your body experiences hormone fluctuations. Dr. Suzanne explains that this changed facial hair appearance is the result of alterations in estrogen and androgens.

How To Take Care of Your Skin During Menopause

Given the many ways skin changes in menopause, it’s important to adjust your skincare routine so you can enjoy healthy-looking, glowing skin. Even the tiniest tweaks can make all the difference.

1. Incorporate Hydrating Serums & Oils

Dr. Suzanne strongly recommends incorporating more serums and oils into your regimen, which can help boost hydration and lock in moisture. Try KNESKO’s Amethyst Hydrate Serum, which has a formula featuring hyaluronic acid to visibly plump skin, squalane to moisturize and improve the look of elasticity, and ceramides to help strengthen the skin barrier.

2. Moisturize Consistently

Along with serums and oils, make sure you’re reaching for a daily cream that meets your needs. If your skin is feeling especially dry, reach for an oil-based cream. Those dealing with breakouts, oily skin, or combination skin should use a water-based gel moisturizer. 

For an extra treat, work the Nano Gold Repair Collagen Face Mask into your weekly regimen. Hyaluronic acid restores hydration while lending to a toned, tight, and smooth appearance via elastic, marine collagen, and 24K colloidal gold.

3. Apply Sunscreen Every Day

Sunscreen remains an integral part of any skincare routine in menopause and perimenopause. Along with thinner and drier skin, reduced estrogen levels can make you more susceptible to sun damage. Pair your favorite sunscreen with an antioxidant, like Rose Quartz Antioxidant Serum. The formula features KNESKO's unique Advanced Antioxidant Complex to protect, prevent, and defend against environmental stressors.

4. Use Soothing Skincare Products

If you’re experiencing inflamed or irritated skin, add soothing skincare products to your routine. KNESKO’s Green Jade Calm Collection leverages probiotics to help defend against aggressors, soothing seaweed, and calming tiger grass (cica/gotu kola). Genuine nephrite powder soothes and nourishes at the same time.

5. Consider Professional Skincare Treatments

Along with a consistent skincare routine, Dr. Suzanne says that professional skincare treatments are a great way to elevate your skincare routine. “Aesthetic procedures such a radiofrequency (RF) and microneedling help to stimulate production of collagen and elastin,” she explains. Laser hair removal can help with any new and unwanted facial hair. 

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