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Pause! Think! Could it be the menopause?!

Updated: Oct 7, 2023

As a doctor, I have seen many women go through menopause and the various changes it brings to their bodies. One of the changes that is often overlooked is the impact that menopause has on the skin.

Menopause is a natural process that occurs when a woman's ovaries stop producing eggs and her menstrual cycle comes to an end. This usually happens between the ages of 45 and 55, although it can happen earlier or later. During menopause, the body undergoes a number of hormonal changes, including a decrease in oestrogen levels.

Oestrogen is an important hormone that plays a vital role in many bodily functions, including the health of the skin. When oestrogen levels decline during menopause, the skin can become dry, thin, and less elastic. This can lead to a number of skin-related issues, including:

  1. Dry skin: As oestrogen levels decline, the skin produces less oil, which can lead to dryness and flakiness. This can be particularly noticeable on the face, arms, and legs.

  2. Wrinkles: Oestrogen is also important for collagen production, which helps keep the skin firm and supple. As oestrogen levels decline, collagen production decreases, which can lead to the development of wrinkles and sagging of the skin. Studies have shown as much as 30% of skin collagen is lost in the first 5 years of menopause and declines at a rate of 2% yearly after.

  3. Age spots: Oestrogen helps regulate melanin production, which is responsible for skin pigmentation. When oestrogen levels decline, the skin can become more prone to age spots and other forms of hyperpigmentation.

  4. Acne: Some women experience an increase in acne during menopause, which is thought to be due to a shift in hormone levels.

First and foremost, it's important to practice good skincare habits. This includes cleansing the skin twice daily, using a moisturiser to keep skin hydrated, and wearing sunscreen to protect against sun damage. Women may also want to consider using anti-aging products that contain retinoids and vitamin C derivatives to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

In addition to good skincare habits, women may also benefit from making certain lifestyle changes. This can include eating a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables, exercising regularly, and avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol consumption.

The skin is the largest organ in the body, but is the last to receive nutrients, therefore it is often depleted of essential nutrients. I believe the skin should be treated from the outside with medical grade skincare, and from the inside using the highest quality nutrition supplements, to get 100% skincare! That's why I recommend the Advanced Nutrient Programme supplements, and in particular for the menopause, I recommend their Collagen boosting products.

To start your journey to radiant skin, book an Ultimate Facial and Skin Analysis with Dr Gemma now!

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