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.