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Menopause and your skin

Menopause and your skin

Menopause will affect many women at some point in their lives. While many are prepared for symptoms such as hot flashes, they may not be prepared for how this condition affects their skin. Learn about what exactly you can expect and how to deal with the new challenges. 

Symptoms of menopause occur when hormone levels in the body change. As estrogen levels decrease, the effects of testosterone become more apparent. The changes in hormones can wreak havoc on your skin and leave your complexion unbalanced. Treatments such as Dr.Hauschka Intensive Treatment for Menopausal Skin are formulated to help balanced skin that is affected by hormone changes.  

Testosterone stimulates sebaceous glands and women going through menopause sometimes experience oily skin, clogged pores and blemishes. Cleansing with a purifying product such as SkinCeuticals LHA Cleansing Gel will unclog pores and remove excess oil for a clear complexion. 

Changes in hormones are also one of the main causes of hyperpigmentation. Exposure to the sun can cause dark spots to worsen and leave the complexion uneven and damaged. Obagi-C Fx C-Clarifying Serum contains 7% arbutin as well as 10% vitamin C to fade dark marks and brighten skin. 

Menopause can cause a thinning of the epidermis which leads to slower cell turnover, wrinkles and sagging skin. An anti-aging cream such as Obagi Gentle Rejuvenation Advanced Night Repair helps repair damaged cells and encourages cell rejuvenation. The formula promotes a softer and smoother complexion. 

As menopause progresses, melanocytes, which control the production of melanin, become less effective making skin more susceptible to sun damage. The use of a daily sun protection product becomes even more important as women age. La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Daily Anti-Aging Primer with Sunscreen is a two-in-one product that not only defends against UV damage, but also reduces the look of fine lines. 

Do you have questions about how menopause is affecting your skin? Let us know in the comments. 

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Marie is a content writer and social media strategist who has worked at LovelySkin since 2012. She loves scouring the internet for the latest hair and makeup how-to videos and talking about her number one must-have skin care product - sunscreen!

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