Tips for Caring Menopausal Skin
You look in the mirror and notice – acne! You’re in your 50’s; what’s going on? Menopause can wreak all sorts of havoc on your skin. For some women, this means battling wrinkles, developing age spots; and yes, even dealing with acne breakouts.
Hormones Rule and Tip for Caring Menopausal Skin
The hormonal changes that occur during and after menopause tend to change the skin’s physiology in new and different ways. This causes reactions that most women are not at all thrilled about. Some of the most basic skin changes women begin to see during menopause include:
Menopause affects the levels of both estrogen and testosterone in the body. As estrogen levels decrease, testosterone becomes more prevalent, and this can stimulate the sebaceous glands, which can result in oily skin. Laser Clinique offers the latest treatments to battle hormonal acne.
Since testosterone levels are more prevalent during menopause, some women experience an increase in facial hair. This can throw some women off. Stop the worrying! At Laser Clinique San Diego you can get rid of that unwanted facial hair permanently. By using targeted laser treatments, hair removal is fast easy, painless, and permanent.
Sagging Skin (and wrinkles):
Estrogen helps to lift your skin. When these hormone levels decrease, women tend to lose the supportive fat below the skin. This creates a sagging and wrinkled look, especially on the face, neck, hands, and arms. Getting back that youthful look is as easy as undergoing non-surgical skin tightening called Ultherapy. At Laser Clinique San Diego we specialize in offering the most innovative procedures to help you look years younger.
Menopause slows down the cell turnover rate in the epidermis; this can cause the skin to thin.
Estrogen controls how much melanin your skin cells can produce. As menopause progresses, the number of melanocytes in the skin is reduced, which offers less protection for the skin. This can result in sun sensitivity and put you at risk for sun damage more easily than in the past.
Understanding the changes your skin undergoes as menopause arrives can help you take better care of it. To get a better handle on what to expect in the coming years, let’s look at how a woman’s skin changes over the decades:
The Tumultuous Forties
Your forties can resemble a roller coaster ride of emotions, as well as physical changes. It is during these years that your skin begins to show the effects of pre-menopause
Hormone fluctuations begin to make your skin appear like it belongs on someone else’s body. Oily skin suddenly turns dry and flaky; acne that may have been gone for decades suddenly reappears; and the smooth tight skin of your youth begins to appear saggier, wrinkled and even loose. Sure, your skin begins to lose its ability to bounce back as quickly as it once did, but that doesn’t mean that you are destined to look old … just a bit older.
The first place that will likely show the effects of the internal changes of menopause is your forehead as faint lines begin to appear. This is due to hormone changes that are causing your muscle fibers begin to relax; your fat cells to shrinking and your collagen production to nosedive. Is there anything that can help? Of course! Try these basic tips:
• Use sunscreen every time you go outside.
• Avoid harsh cleansers
• Use a good antioxidant and retinol
• Use a hydrating facial steam at least once a week to help re-hydrate your skin and replenish lost moisture.
• Use a moisturizing mask a couple times a week—this will help plump up the skin and lessen the effects of fine lines and wrinkles.
Your Fabulous Fifties
As you enter your fifties, your skin will likely change dramatically as hormone production slows (or even stops). As women enter menopause, their bodies fail to make the estrogen that once helped their skin produce the collagen needed to keep it smooth and give it its radiant glow. As estrogen levels drop, you are likely to begin noticing your skin looking and feeling looser, especially around the eyes, nose, jaw, and neck. Now is the time when most of us will see the first signs of that double chin. Your cheekbones may also become less pronounced as your skin begins to shrink and become thinner. Restylane Lyft is a great way to add fullness back to the cheeks without invasive surgery. This FDA-approved procedure involves injecting a synthetic form of hyaluronic acid into the skin tissue, to alleviate sagging and wrinkles due to aging.
One of the best ways to tackle those unwanted skin issues of your fifties is to exfoliate your skin regularly. It will help to stimulate epidermal growth and get rid of dry, dead skin cells and leave you with smoother, sleeker and clearer skin.
Consider this: throughout a 24 hour period, your skin can shed as much as a pound of waste through your sweat glands. If you clog your pores with heavy moisturizers and deodorants, there is no way for your body to excrete this waste. If left to build up it will leave your skin looking pale, pasty, and feeling like lizard skin. In order to allow your skin to both breathe and be able to allow the ingredients you to penetrate it, you must first get rid of those dry dead skin cells. That’s why exfoliation is so important.
Your Sensational Sixties
The lines on your face may deepen as you enter your sixties and for good reason; you’re losing muscle tone fast at the same time that your subcutaneous layer is shrinking. This is what is causing your skin and eyes to droop and sag. Your best defense right now is staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water and eating loads of vitamin rich fresh fruits and veggies and keeping your skin well moisturized. Some practical ways to care for sixties skin is to:
• add one tablespoon of flaxseed oil or cod liver oil to your diet daily
• stay out of the bright sun and always wear a hat when outdoors
• use sunscreen vigilantly
• eat a healthy well-balanced diet
• drink plenty of fluids
• exercise regularly
• control stress
• use a non-abrasive exfoliating mask weekly
• check skin regularly for any irregularities or sudden changes
The Super Seventies – and Beyond
The skin of your seventies, eighties and beyond certainly isn’t the same skin of your twenties, thirties, and forties, but it certainly doesn’t have to look old and haggard. Expect to see wrinkles — after all, your skin has been through a lot in the last 70 years. But, you can help it to maintain some of its former tone and beauty by taking special care to nurture it with lots of moisturizers, exfoliation, and overall good care. Eating well and maintaining a healthy weight is very important to keep your skin looking its best. Staying hydrated and using some of the daily care ideas listed in previous sections. And most of all, pamper yourself and your skin – you deserve it. Try a daily massage or luxuriating bath using avocado, hazelnut, jojoba, almond, sesame or coconut oils to help keep skin moisturized and soothed. And most importantly, remember that your skin will continue to age. The key is to help it do so gracefully.
While following the basic tips found here can help you keep your skin looking good for years, we acknowledge the fact that some women may need a little extra help. If you are looking for skin care in San Diego try Laser Clinique. We are a full-service skin care facility that offers a variety of treatment options, whether you are fighting premenopausal acne, or post-menopausal wrinkles, there is help available.