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Radiant Resilience: Navigating Menopausal Skin Changes with Style

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Podcast Season 2 Episode 7 transcript:

Menopause brings about many changes in a woman's body. One of the first things women notice and bring to our skin clinic is the sometimes drastic changes in skin tone and appearance. Clients comment on how these changes come along, sometimes quite suddenly.

Skin factors like natural ageing, nutrition, stress, and smoking affect the skin. However, women notice that changes are very visible around menopause.

As hormone levels fluctuate, the skin undergoes various transformations that can significantly impact its appearance and overall health. Today, we'll explore these changes and discuss how to address them.

One of the most common skin issues during menopause is dryness. As estrogen levels decline, the skin produces less oil, leading to dryness, itchiness, and a dull complexion. To combat this, it's crucial to maintain a regular skincare routine that focuses on hydration. Look for moisturisers with ingredients like hyaluronic acid and ceramides, which help retain moisture in the skin.

Another skin concern that women face during menopause is increased skin sensitivity. Decreased estrogen levels can make the skin more prone to irritation, redness, and rashes. It's advisable to avoid harsh skincare products and opt for gentle, fragrance-free cleansers and moisturisers. Additionally, wearing sunscreen daily becomes even more important as the skin becomes more vulnerable to sun damage.

Menopause changes the skin's elasticity and firmness. Collagen and elastin, responsible for maintaining the skin's structure, decrease with age and hormonal changes. This can lead to sagging skin, fine lines, and wrinkles. Incorporating skincare products that contain retinol, peptides, and antioxidants can help stimulate collagen production and improve the skin's texture and firmness.

Along with these changes, women may also experience an increase in acne or breakouts during menopause. Hormonal fluctuations can trigger oil production, leading to clogged pores and blemishes. To control acne, it's essential to maintain a consistent cleansing routine and consider using spot treatments to dry out spots and blemishes.

Lastly, menopause can change the skin's pigmentation. Some women may notice dark spots or uneven skin tone, known as hyperpigmentation. This can be addressed by incorporating skincare products with ingredients like vitamin C and niacinamide, which can help brighten the skin and reduce the appearance of discolouration.

While menopause can bring challenges to the skin, it's important to remember that there are ways to manage and address these changes. By following a consistent skincare routine, staying hydrated, and protecting the skin from the sun, you can maintain healthy and vibrant skin during this stage of life.

It is important not to panic and start shopping around. I see clients who come in with bagfuls of products, relying on social media or their friends. Remember, what is excellent for your friend might not be ideal for you. In future podcasts, we will discuss skincare routines and products in more detail.

That's all for today's episode of "Radio Menopause". Thank you for joining me, and I hope you found this discussion on the effect of menopause on the skin helpful. Remember, knowledge is power, and by understanding these changes, we can embrace menopause with confidence.


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