Skin & Menopause

Oct '14

What To Expect From Menopause: How Your Skin Changes

Menopause is, for many women, one of the most mysterious times of life. Until very recently, there hasn’t been a lot of conversations about what happens to women’s bodies in their 40s, 50s, and 60s. We’ve all heard about “The Change” but what does that change really entail?

In this article, we’re going to shine the spotlight on the most common changes that happen to a woman’s skin during menopause, what you should do to make things better, and most important of all, the complexion-wrecking mistakes you’ll want to avoid making.

What’s Going On

There are two major factors influencing how your skin changes during menopause. These are the action of your hormones and the loss or thinning of natural collagen-producing structures. This combination can result in a one-two punch of complexion issues: acne and wrinkles.

Many women in menopause report that their skin tone appears dull; that their face has lost its natural radiance. Additionally, the texture of the skin becomes drier and softer and may feel ‘looser’.

What You Shouldn’t Do About The Acne

Many women, seeing the first blackheads and zits form on their face, think “I’ve got this!” and go pick up the familiar skin care products they used to treat acne in their teens and twenties. Big mistake! These products are formulated for younger skin, and are generally quite harsh and very drying. The result? Irritated, red, uncomfortable skin. Don’t do that to your face.

What You Should Do Instead

There’s no one-size-fits-all treatment for acne, especially during menopause. Your SkinCenter physician or Cosmetic Nurse will work closely with you to determine the best course of treatment to keep your complexion radiantly clear. Treatment options can include prescription medications or Cool Touch Laser treatment.

What You Shouldn’t Do About the Dry, Loose Skin

Be very wary about miracle creams, skin serums, and other often very high priced skin treatments that promise to roll back the hands of time. You need to do your research and be aware of what ingredients are in the products you put on your face. During menopause, your skin is much more sensitive and reactive, leaving you vulnerable to irritating side-effects from exposure to fragrances, sulfates, propylene glycol, triclosan and other common skin care ingredients.

What You Should Do Instead

For a radiant complexion, you’ll want to drink plenty of water, exfoliate regularly – Westchester microdermabrasion is a great choice, and be sure to use a moisturizer that has been carefully checked to be free of problematic, irritating ingredients. Don’t forget about the sunscreen!

Unfortunately, sometimes a healthy lifestyle and a good skin care regimen is not enough to combat the tell-tale signs on your face. The fine lines and wrinkles you may have developed around your eyes, mouth, and in your forehead can be simply and effectively addressed by the use of Westchester Botox, Juvederm, or other fillers. These treatments are fast, effective, minimally invasive, and give you back your naturally youthful, expressive appearance. For sagging skin and lost elasticity there are skin tightening treatments such as Westchester Thermage and others available to bring back a more youthful look.

Westchester County’s Best Skin Rejuvenation

If you’re dealing with troublesome acne, fine lines and wrinkles, or both, the SkinCenter can help with the top treatments in Westchester skin rejuvenation. Enjoy a relaxing spa like atmosphere while our team of expert physicians and skilled clinicians help you be your most beautiful you. Consultations are absolutely confidential and complementary. Schedule yours today!