September is “Menopause Awareness” month, a process that often brings a number of unwanted changes and symptoms, from hot flashes and night sweats to mood swings.
During menopause, estrogen levels fall while androgens remain constant, which affects not just the internal body, but your skin as well. Low estrogen levels decrease collagen production and impede blood flow to the epidermis. The result? Sagging, thinning skin, hyperpigmentation, and wrinkles.
How to Care for Your Skin During Menopause
Thankfully, there are ways to effectively combat these changes. Adapting your skincare routine can help undo the effects of menopause and keep your skin looking young, fresh, and healthy.
Rehydrate Your Skin
Dry skin is a common symptom during menopause. As hormone levels drop, your skin produces less sebum which can lead to dry and sometimes itchy skin. Avoid aggressive, scented products that can cause irritation and unnecessary dryness in the skin.
Wrinkles are the result of fat and collagen loss, both symptoms of aging skin. Neurotoxins such as Botox, Dysport, and Jeuveau can help to reduce wrinkles and creases. Furthermore, resurfacing lasers can stimulate collagen and improve skin texture.
Tip: Schedule a complimentary consultation to learn which treatment is right for you.
Approximately a third of your collagen is lost within the first five years of menopause resulting in sagging skin. Injecting dermal fillers is a great way to restore lost volume and maintain a youthful look.
Tip: Take a look at our before & after gallery to learn how a filler treatment can benefit you.
Estrogen helps to regulate melanin. As the hormone decreases, age spots on the face, hands, and body can increase. Age spots appear predominantly in areas of the skin that have been exposed to UV rays. Make sure to always wear sunscreen to prevent hyperpigmentation.
Tip: Diminish the appearance of age and sun spots with our IPL Photofacial.
A large number of women experience acne breakouts when they enter menopause. Again, a change in hormone levels is to blame for this problem. As estrogen levels decrease, testosterone is no longer masked. Unfortunately, testosterone can trigger your skin’s sebaceous glands to secrete thicker sebum, resulting in breakouts.
Tip: Acne breakouts don't always equal oily skin. Products made for oily skin can cause inflammation and irritation. Schedule a complimentary skincare consultation to develop a skin regimen that is right for you.
Remove Unwanted Hair
Due to the unmasking of testosterone, some women develop facial hair, typically in the chin area. There are many ways to remove unwanted hair, from plucking and waxing to shaving. If you are looking for a permanent solution, consider laser hair removal.
Tip: Our pain-free laser hair removal treatments are available for any area of your body.