This is how Sharon began her session.
She explained that she never had skin problems prior to menopause and then she asked “what can I do to relieve my itching skin?”.
Skin problems can start as early as perimenopause, and they’re usually permanent. Like most of the other menopause symptoms, itchy skin is caused by the falling levels of estrogen during menopause.
In addition to itching, falling levels of estrogen also causes acne, dry and flaking skin, and wrinkles during menopause.
What Can I Do To Relieve My Itchy Skin?
Here is an excerpt from an article that explains how the falling levels of estrogen during menopause, causes itchy skin and other skin problems
At this time the body undergoes many hormonal changes and in particular this includes a decline in estrogen (hypoestrogenism). Estrogen has been found to affect all of the major organs and this includes the skin which is what causes the changes to the skin during the menopause.
Later in the article it says
The mechanisms through which this decreased estrogen effect the skin are many. For instance as estrogen diminishes so too will the thickness of the skin and the collagen production that makes it more cushioned and flexible. This increases the appearance of wrinkles and lines around the face and particularly around the eyes and mouth. Meanwhile this will affect the body’s ability to retain moisture and that will in turn result in itchy skin, more visible lines again, flaking skin and potentially an alteration in the natural ‘flora’ of the skin.
This will result in the changes that are seen to the skin and this is why you will notice your skin appear more aged as well as itching more during and after menopause.
In summary … during menopause, many women report itchy, irritated skin. This is because the changes in hormone production cause a decrease in collagen, the material that helps support and moisturize the skin.
So….what can you do to relieve your itching skin, or other skin complaints, during menopause?
- Include essential fatty acids in your diet … like the omega-3s found in salmon, walnuts, fortified eggs, sardines, soy, safflower oil, and flax or algae oils. These help produce your skin’s oil barrier, vital in keeping skin hydrated
- Increase water intake: This will help to hydrate the skin from the inside out
- Avoid hot showers. Hot water can be harsh and drying, experts advise taking shorter showers using warm water
- Use gentle, non-irritating soaps
- Use a moisturizer after a shower or bath. Mineral oil and petroleum jelly are both excellent and inexpensive skin moisturizers
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