Changes in the hormones of menopausal women can lead to changes in the skin such as oiliness or dryness. Some women experience menopausal acne which differs greatly from teenage acne and you may be noticing more wrinkles and signs of aging than ever before. Although menopause affects all women differently, most will experience some life-changing symptoms – whether it’s mood swings or adult acne. There’s no reason you can’t maintain gorgeous, healthy skin during menopause. It just takes paying a bit of special attention to the changing needs of your skin, and a few tweaks of your skin care routine. Check out the answers below to some common menopausal skin questions:
1. My skin looks ‘deflated’. What is happening?
Collagen plays an incredibly important function in keeping your skin healthy and youthful – it serves as its structural support system, providing plumpness and fullness. Estrogen helps keep things hydrated and plump and youthful-looking but with low estrogen levels during menopause, your skin can’t manufacture enough collagen or oil. This is why you might notice anything from dehydration to thinner, more fragile skin as you approach menopause. If collagen loss is a concern, look for a collagen stimulating cream like Retin-A or NeoCutis Bio-Serum or Bio-Cream Treatment to plump and firm your skin.2. I’ve always had dry skin and used creamy, rich facial products, but the dryness I’m noticing now is totally different. My skin gets itchy and irritated, and it seems like even the heaviest creams aren’t enough. What’s going on?
Not only are your oil glands producing less oil, but also your skin isn’t able to retain moisture like it used to. To combat this type of dryness, there’s a wide array of moisturizers and serums that’ll go a long way toward improving your skin’s health.You may notice dehydrated, moisture-starved skin from head to toe. Topical antioxidants like vitamin C or green tea, or moisturizers that contain hyaluronic acid and lactic acid. Serums like NeoCutis Bio-Serum or IS Clinical PolyVitamin Serum can help restore moisture and make fine lines less noticeable.
3. Most of my friends are noticing dryness as they enter menopause, but I’ve had just the opposite experience: my skin seems oilier than ever! Why is this?

It’s confusing that menopause can lead to both dry skin and oily skin, sometimes even at the same time. But as estrogen levels start dropping, other hormone levels stay the same and therefore have a greater effect on the body. One of these hormones is testosterone, which can lead to an overproduction of oils in the skin.Look to products designed to hydrate and nourish oily skin, such as Hydrating B5 Gel from SkinCeuticals, Hydra-Cool by IS Clinical or Hyalis by Neocutis, all of which will refine pores and help with excess oil.
4. Is the acne I’m noticing now different than what I experienced as a teen? It sure feels like it!
Adult acne is different from teenage acne in many respects, especially in how you treat it. Adult skin is much more fragile than our teenage counterparts, so powerful acne-fighting ingredients like benzoyl peroxide acne treatments can often over-dry. The key is bypassing those aggressive treatments and instead finding acne treatments that’ll preserve your skin’s natural moisture while unclogging the pores. Look for formulas that contain salicylic acid, alpha hydroxy acids or sulfur. Active Serum by IS Clinical is specially wonderful for adult acne and contains all the essentials to meet many of the other demands of aging skin: brightening, tightening, wrinkle reduction.
5. Is it okay to use more drying acne treatments if my skin is really oily during menopause?

It sounds counter-intuitive, but it won’t do any good to dry out your skin in attempt to clear acne. You’ll end up stripping your skin of all its moisture, which will only cause the pores to churn out more oil. Plus, you’ll also be increasing redness and irritation.

Many product lines carry cleansers, moisturizers and treatment products that’ll balance the skin rather than strip it of moisture, such as ISClinical Cleasing Complex or Obagi Foaming Gel Cleanser. Combine these types of products with adult acne treatments for clear skin without irritation.

6. I don’t have actual “acne,” but my skin is full of little clogged pores and generally just looks dull and blah. Is this related to menopause?

It definitely could be. Along with the increase in oil production that can come with menopause, your skin might also be having a hard time regenerating. Skin cells die just as fast as ever, but often the skin can’t shed dead cells fast enough. These dead skin cells can clog up the pores and lead to acne, as well as leaving your complexion looking tired. An exfoliating treatment such as Hydrodermabrasion or chemical peeling,2can help to slough off those dead skin cells and get your complexion glowing again.

7. How do I know if I need new products during menopause?

If you’ve recently noticed changes in your skin – like dryness, oiliness, itching, acne or rashes – you might want to think about tweaking your routine. It may be enough to add a serum or night treatment into your regimen, or you might need to create an entirely new regimen if your skin type has changed drastically. Start with a cleanser and moisturizer, and add additional products as needed. If you’re unsure where to start, you can also try a kit that contains sample sizes of products that work together.

8. Can I switch back to my old products once things settle down, or are skin changes during menopause permanent?

Some types of major skin changes – which can start during perimenopause, several years before menopause – are permanent. Your skin might be drier and more fragile from now on, for example. But issues like acne will often improve after you reach the postmenopausal stage, especially if you’ve found a skincare regimen that helps to keep your skin balanced and healthy.

Overall, with all the changes that take place during menopause, it makes sense to react to changing skin conditions and create a more suitable regimen for your maturing skin. Because menopause can bring about a number of skin concerns like rosacea, rashes and irritated skin your Aesthetician, if you need any help in selecting the right treatments and products for you.