How Your Skin Changes During Menopause and What You Can Do About It

Dec 19, 2018 | Menopause, Skin Care

If hot flashes and mood swings weren’t enough during menopause, women’s skin takes a beating during this pivotal stage of life. The skin becomes thinner, weaker, and drier due to a lack of the hormone estrogen. Estrogen production stalls once menopause hits. Keep reading to learn about the effects menopause has on the skin and what you can do to about it.


Dry Skin

Dry skin plagues women of all ages, but during menopause, it can become worse. During menopause, your skin loses the ability to lock in moisture. The culprit is an absence of estrogen. Estrogen produces collagen and oils. So, without it, the skin dries out. Dry skin can lead to signs of aging, such as fine lines and wrinkles.

Use topical treatments, like SkinMedica’s Dermal Repair Cream—an ultra-hydrating moisturizer that replenishes the skin, while reversing the effects of aging. Be sure to include a gentle cleanser in your skin care routine to avoid stripping the skin’s natural protective barrier.


Ironically, although many women get dry skin, they also develop acne during menopause. To combat this, use cleansers that contain salicylic acid and use moisturizers that are oil-free. SkinMedica has a range of skin care products that can help with acne.


Menopausal skin tends to bruise more easily because it is thinner from the lack of estrogen. Apply sunscreen to shield it from further damage, and use a retinoid treatment in your skin care routine to strengthen and protect it from bruising.

Age Spots

Getting a golden tan in your twenties might seem like a great idea at the time, but years of overexposure to the sun can cause damage to the skin later in life. During menopause, age spots and discolored skin are more likely to appear, often caused from too much sun.

To protect your skin, be sure to wear sunscreen every day. Furthermore, consult with a skin care expert about creams to help reduce the appearance of age spots.

Try SkinMedica’s all-in-one TNS Essential Serum. In a single tube, this product restores the skin, reversing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, skin tone, and texture. Your skin care specialist can recommend more helpful products for menopause.

Need to find an expert that can suggest the best skin care routine for you during menopause? Schedule a consultation with one of our experts at North Scottsdale Laser & Skin Care Clinic. Call us at (480) 513-2888, or book your appointment online.