Lots of women tell me about the skin, hair, and nail changes that they experience during their perimenopause and menopause.
Did you know?
- As your oestrogen levels drop your skin thins and you are more prone to bruising and skin tears.
- The blood supply to the skin becomes impaired leading to dry skin, itching and rashes.
- Hair thins, and your hairline can recede. Hair can break and curly hair can become straighter.
- The hormone imbalances can lead to unwanted hair growth on your chin and above your lip.
- Several studies show women lose 30% of their skin collagen in the first 5 years of their menopause and this can lead to slack skin, wrinkles and widening of pores.
- Acne can develop on your face, back and chest.
- The PH of your skin changes and can lead to more sensitive skin.
- Existing skin conditions such as eczema, rosacea and psoriasis can worsen.
- Nails can become dry, brittle, prone to breakage and may not grow as well as they did.
- ‘Hyperpigmentation’ or dark patches and ‘age spots ‘ can develop on your skin, especially your face and arms.
So what can you do?
- Apply sunscreen or a moisturiser with SPF 30. At least daily.
- Eat well, include vit C, vit D and plenty of protein in your diet. Anti-oxidants are vital for optimal skin health.
- Consider collagen supplements.
- Use cleansers and a moisturiser with hyaluronic acid in.
- Drink plenty of water and minimise alcohol and caffeine which can dry skin out.
- Always get skin lesions that change colour, shape or texture checked out with a health care professional.
- Hair loss can be a sign of iron deficiency or thyroid problems so ask your health care professional for a blood test if you are concerned.
- Baths and hot showers can dry skin out more.
- Exercise boosts circulation and the extra blood flow and oxygen that your skin gets will help it look brighter and healthier.
- Get plenty of sleep, aim for at least 8 hours a night.
Finally, remember HRT contains oestrogen and not only will it help your skin, hair and nails but it will also help other symptoms and help protect your bones, heart and brain.