Menopause Skin

Menopause is a time when your hormone levels plummet and it has an effect on your skin. There are many options available to help you navigate through this time looking and feeling your best.

With the right care, you can lessen these effects. Here’s what dermatologists recommend.

Age spots and other signs of sun-damaged skin

If you’ve spent ample time in the sun without sun protection, you’ll likely see the effects now. Age spots and larger areas of darker skin can appear on your face, hands, neck, arms, or chest.

Skin cancer and pre-cancerous skin growths also become more common.

What you can do: To protect your skin, you want to:

  • Apply sunscreen every day before going outdoors. To give your skin the protection it needs, use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher. Apply it to all skin that clothing won’t cover.

    This can help fade age spots, prevent new spots from forming, and reduce your risk of getting skin cancer.
  • Make an appointment for a skin cancer screening: Your risk of getting skin cancer increases with age. As your risk rises, skin cancer screenings become so important. The earlier you find skin cancer and pre-cancerous growths, the more treatable they are.

Get a FREE Consult at Excel Laser Skin Clinic and find out if you are a good candidate for  treatment for age spots

In menopause, your risk of skin cancer rises, making skin-self exams and dermatology check-ups even more important.


Bruise easily

As estrogen levels fall, skin becomes thinner. Thin skin bruises more easily.

What you can do: You may be able reduce thinning skin. Here’s how:

  • Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher every day. While this cannot thicken your skin, it can prevent further thinning. You want to apply sunscreen to your face, hands, neck, and any other area that clothing won’t cover. And you want to do this every day — even in winter.
  • For some women, a retinoid cream can help. Laser treatment may be another option.

Dry skin

In menopause, skin loses some ability to hold water, so skin can get quite dry. This can be especially noticeable when the air is dry.

What you can do: The following can help combat dry skin:

  • Wash with a mild cleanser instead of soap. For mature skin, soap can be too drying. And you definitely want to skip the deodorant bars.
  • Apply moisturizer after bathing and throughout the day when your skin feels dry. A moisturizer with hyaluronic acid or glycerin can be especially helpful.
  • Exfoliation or microdermabrasion may help, but you want to see your dermatologist before trying one of these. At menopause, skin becomes thinner and trying one of these at home may cause more harm than good.

Facial hair

As levels of female hormones fall, you can see unwanted hair under your chin and along your jawline or above your lip.

What you can do: Waxing may be an option. If your skin becomes too thin for waxing, your skin can tear and bleed. To remove unwanted hair, you’ll want to:

  • Laser hair removal and a prescription
  • hair-reduction cream may be also be an option.


Jowls, slack skin, and wrinkles

In menopause, skin quickly loses collagen. Studies show that women’s skin loses about 30% of its collagen during the first 5 years of menopause. After that, the decline is more gradual. Women lose about 2% of their collagen ever year for the next 20 years.

If you use only one anti-aging product, make it broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher. Apply it daily.


As collagen diminishes, our skin loses it firmness and begins to sag. Jowls appear. Permanent lines run from the tip of the nose to the corners of the mouth. Wrinkles that used to appear only with a smile or frown become visible all the time.

Later, the tip of the nose dips. You may see pouches under your eyes.

Large pores also are due to lack of skin firmness.

What you can do: If sagging skin or wrinkles bother you we have a lot of treatments options available. It is important to come in for a FREE consultation to see what options work best for you. Some options include:

  • Cosmetic Injectibles & Fillers
  • Laser Treatements
  • Sculptra
  • Trusculpt 3D
  • IPL  Laser Treatement

Pimples and other types of acne

As levels of female hormones drop before and during menopause, some women develop teenage-like acne.

What you can do: Because a woman’s skin is thinner and drier, treatments for teenage acne are often too harsh. Dermatologists recommend that you:

  • Wash acne-prone skin with a cleanser that contains salicylic acid. This helps unclog pores.
  • Avoid acne products that dry your skin. Drying your skin can worsen acne.
  • We provide a variety of Esthetician and laser services that may help.

Call for a Consultation to see what treatment options may be right for you.

Rashes and easily irritated skin

Around 50, the pH level of our skin changes. With this change, skin becomes more sensitive, and women are more likely to develop rashes and easily irritated skin.

If you have an existing skin condition, such as eczema or rosacea, this could worsen.

What you can do: If you notice any of these changes, you should:

  • Use a fragrance-free moisturizer. This can reduce irritation.
  • We offer several laser treatment option for rosacea and other skin conditions. It is important to have a consultation to determine what is right for you.

What changes will you make?

You skin is changing and your routine needs to adjust to it.  As hormone levels plummet, your skin can become dry, slack, and thin. You may notice more hair on your face and less on your scalp. Many treatment options are available to navigate through menopause looking and feeling your best


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