Home Health & Wellness Expert Shares How to Combat Perimenopausal Skin Changes

Expert Shares How to Combat Perimenopausal Skin Changes

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Leading microbiome skincare brand, Beauty & Vitality, has released expert advice for women navigating the challenging changes to skin and hair during the perimenopausal and menopausal stages. Research has shown that 10% of women leave their jobs and many more are reducing their hours or passing up promotions because of their menopausal symptoms. Perimenopause is a time of profound change, with declining oestrogen levels often leading to drier, looser skin and an array of other dermatological concerns. Lead consultant nutritionist Shona Wilkinson, from Beauty & Vitality, lists below some of the symptoms women can experience and shares advice on how to tackle these changes.

Dryness, jowls, and hair loss

With dry skin becoming a notable challenge during menopause, it is important to use mild cleansers and regularly moisturise. If you’re experiencing dry skin, try:

  • Wash with a mild cleanser rather than soap.
  • Apply a good moisturiser after bathing or whenever your skin feels dry.
  • See a dermatologist if skin dryness persists

Studies suggest women lose on average 30% of their collagen levels in the first five years of menopause, after which it slows to about 2% a year. As collagen levels drop, so the skin can be more susceptible to reduced firmness and sagging, especially around the jawline, neckline and cheeks, which in turn can lead to jowls, thinning skin, crepey necksand wrinkles. If concerned, you could try:

  • Protect your skin from the sun by applying good-quality SPF products before going out.
  • Consider using skincare products that contain prebiotics & probiotics as well as other skin nutrients such as retinols and peptides. Prebiotics help boost your skin’s microbiome to strengthen skin defences, slow the signs of ageing, and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Retinols (such as Vitamin A) help cell regeneration, prevent acne, smooth fine lines and wrinkles and more
  • Peptides (such as the Copper ingredient) help stimulate collagen production.

As a result of hormone levels dropping, hair thinning and loss are another common symptom. To help counter these effects, consider diet and lifestyle stress levels. Try adding more phytoestrogen-rich foods into your diet. Phytoestrogens are natural plant substances that behave like weak oestrogen in the body and may help to balance hormones. Foods that contain the best healthy sources of phytoestrogens include beans and pulses, fermented soy products (tempeh, miso and natto), flax seeds and sesame seeds. You may also find an increase in facial hair; for this, we recommend professional dermatological advice, ensuring sensitive skin receives the care it needs without resorting to potentially harmful treatments.

Rashes and other skin irritations

As we grow beyond 50, the pH levels in our skin change, making the skin more susceptible to rashes and irritations. Conditions such as eczema and rosacea may worsen. If this is the case, consider skincare products with no/low fragrance levels and supplements that can help restore the skin’s microbiome.

Pimples and acne

Outbreaks of pimples and acne are not uncommon as you progress through menopause, again a reflection of the changes in hormone levels. We believe the best option in these circumstances is to take a probiotic-enriched supplement and moisturiser to help strengthen your skin’s defences to counter breakouts and acne. You might also consider:

  • Avoid products and situations that will dry out your skin (use a good SPF product when going outside for example).
  • Wash your skin with a cleanser product based on salicylic acid to help unclog pores.

Looking after the microbiome

Good diet, sun protection, and supplements designed to help improve ageing skin conditions are recommended. You should also moisturise more regularly. Emerging research highlights the crucial link between the health of your gut microbiome and menopausal skin conditions, suggesting that a balanced gut can lead to clearer, more resilient skin.

Menopausal skin will feel dryer as your natural oil production weakens, so perhaps moisturise at least twice a day, skip long showers, and moisturise while your skin is still damp to boost hydration. Eat brightly coloured fruits and vegetables (broccoli, spinach, carrots, blueberries, strawberries, apples, etc.) because these are packed full of antioxidants.

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