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Menopause up close Part 1: Skin problems caused by estrogen deficiency

As a woman in her prime, you suddenly just can't please your skin anymore? A typical sign of the start of menopause. Hormonal changes affect the skin and the mind, which in turn promotes skin problems. This factor is often neglected when it comes to skin care during menopause. That's why we're taking a closer look at how important self-love is for your skin health right now.

Menopause up close Part 1: Skin problems caused by a lack of estrogen | Five Skincare

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Menopause and skin problems on the face and body

We are already used to cyclical hormone fluctuations. If they previously resembled gentle waves, in the years of change phases there are strong ups and downs, followed by the hormonal calm after the storm. During these phases, many women experience skin conditions that are completely new to them.

This goes far beyond a few new wrinkles. We're talking about problems that cause a lot of discomfort: skin that's dry enough to crack, an itchy scalp or even irritation from previously loved products. It quickly becomes apparent that cosmetics alone won't get you very far. Hormones affect you holistically. The answer to this should be just as holistic .

This is how hormonal skin problems affect menopause

Hormones play a major role in how your skin develops. Whenever something serious changes in their distribution, things get a little turbulent. That's how it was during puberty and now it's happening again. Only this time the focus is specifically on the female sex hormone estrogen . And this is what happens with it:

Perimenopause...

... (literally the time “around menopause”) is characterized by strong fluctuations in hormone levels. Sometimes the estrogen is very high compared to the progesterone, sometimes it is very low. It goes up and down in the same way emotionally, physically and in the complexion. Increasing skin irritations are the first signs that your skin's needs are changing.

The menopause...

... follows the last period. Now the estrogen level drops permanently . This affects the regeneration and protective function of the skin and can have several consequences. The skin will

  • thinner
  • drier
  • more sensitive
  • more sensitive to light
  • flaccid

Take a holistic approach to problem skin during menopause

Easier said than done, I know. The point is: stress has a huge impact on our skin. Bad skin, on the other hand, can really stress us out. A vicious circle quickly develops. We are only too happy to start experimenting with new things, to which already stressed skin rarely reacts positively. You'll quickly realize that skin care isn't everything, with an emphasis on skin . So overall, be good to yourself . There are 5 areas that are particularly important , which we will now take a closer look at.

☝️ Of course, it is also important to understand how your skin's needs change and adapt your care accordingly . That's what part 2 of this series of articles is about.

1. The diet 🍎

We get many important nutrients for beautiful skin through food. These include vitamins, antioxidants and trace elements, especially zinc, which are transported into the skin. Since the skin regenerates more slowly after the menopause, a good supply of nutrients is even more important. But what does it look like in practice? Nutritional advice is sometimes recommended here. Some health insurance companies even support such offers. Feel free to inquire about it!

Water! Our feeling of thirst decreases significantly the older we get. Having a water jug ​​at work reminds you to drink regularly and gives you control over the amount.

2. Omega-3 fatty acids 🐟

Although it is also a nutritional topic, I would like to highlight these polyunsaturated fatty acids separately because they are so important for the skin. They have a positive effect on a whole range of skin problems during menopause. Among other things, they help reduce dryness and inflammation to which barrier-damaged skin is more susceptible.

🌟 Our article about Omega-3 tells you how you can meet your needs, even vegan

3. Promote blood circulation 🏃‍♀️

Only with good blood circulation can nutrients be transported optimally to the skin . Fortunately, there is a suitable route for every taste.

  • For active people: exercise really gets your circulation going. The WHO recommends 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week - or for particularly fit people, 75 minutes of intensive activity such as jogging.
  • For connoisseurs: Sauna visits have a similar effect on the circulation as moderate exercise. It's also a great way to switch off.
  • For everyone who prefers to wellness at home: facial massages and gentle brush massages provide a daily dose of relaxation. They also stimulate collagen synthesis and thus ensure a firmer complexion. You can integrate these small rituals into your morning or evening routine in just a few minutes.

4. Active stress management 🧘‍♂️

Stress alone can cause skin problems similar to those experienced during menopause. When these two factors come together, they reinforce each other immensely. Regular stress reduction is therefore even more important. Otherwise your skin will now be doubly damaged.

Take time for yourself and find ways to release emotional pressure. This can be time in nature, a break with friends, a hobby that really helps you unwind or relaxation techniques. There is also a wide range of health courses from yoga to autogenic training. Take it easy and listen to your daily form .

🌟 Reading tip : In this article you will find out in more detail why stress is poison for the skin and how you can specifically reduce it.

5. Beauty sleep🌜

Sleep is one of the most effective beauty remedies. In doing so, we reduce stress and the skin regenerates itself overnight. Unfortunately, menopause tends to cause restlessness at night for many people. Steer consciously against this. For example, aromatherapy, sleep rituals or super comfortable bedding are helpful - after all, you spend around a third of the day in bed. And hey, if it doesn't work at night, there's nothing wrong with taking a nap during the day...

🌟 Reading tip : Beauty sleep , so your night's sleep becomes a beauty boost!

Are hormone supplements the solution?

“If hormones are the cause of the problem, wouldn’t they also be the solution?” you might be thinking. And yes, hormone supplements can actually improve skin condition. You just have to consider at what price. Hormones have a highly complex effect and also involve risks.

Because the positive effect of estrogen preparations on mature skin is a fact, diligent research is being carried out into substitutes . The new active ingredients are now bioidentical. This means that they are no different in physiology to our own hormones, but promise fewer side effects 1 .

☝️ Hormones and hormone replacement preparations should only be used in consultation with a gynecologist.

Beautiful skin during menopause is possible

Even if you don't recognize your skin right now, rest assured: there are many points where you can start. With a healthy diet and lots of self-love, you can get problematic skin conditions under control. Of course, the care routine also plays a role. After all, your skin now has new requirements. So what does skin care look like after menopause? Find out in the second part of this series .

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