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Your Complete Guide to Menopausal Skin

by Rachel Staggs Aesthetics

By the end of this 7 minute read, you will:

  • Understand why skin changes during the menopause
  • Know exactly what skin concerns to look out for
  • Learn some actionable lifestyle changes that can help
  • Explore the top treatments you can consider to help menopausal skin 

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Menopause is more than just a hormonal transition; it impacts every aspect of your body, including your skin. At Rachel Staggs Aesthetics, we have 25 years experience in menopausal skin care, working closely with clients to create personal treatment plans for real results. Whether you're just noticing a bit of dry skin on your face, or tackling something like menopausal breakouts, this article is the perfect place to start to support your skin's health during this pivotal time! 

“Why do skin issues happen in menopause?"

During menopause, a woman's body undergoes significant hormonal changes, particularly a decline in oestrogen levels. Oestrogen plays a crucial role in maintaining the health and vitality of the skin, so a decrease in its production can have various negative effects on the skin. Here's a closer look at how a decrease in oestrogen during menopause can impact your skin: 

Decreased Collagen Production

Oestrogen helps stimulate collagen production in the skin. Collagen is a protein that provides structural support and elasticity to the skin. As Oestrogen levels decline, collagen production also decreases. This can lead to a loss of skin firmness and elasticity, resulting in sagging skin and the formation of wrinkles and fine lines.

Reduced Hydration 

Oestrogen contributes to the skin's ability to retain moisture by promoting the production of hyaluronic acid, a natural moisturising factor. With lower Oestrogen levels the skin may become drier and more prone to dehydration. Dry skin can feel rough, tight, and flaky, and it may exacerbate the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. 


Thinning of the Epidermis

Oestrogen helps maintain the thickness of the epidermis, the outermost layer of the skin. As the levels decline, the epidermis may become thinner, making the skin more fragile and susceptible to damage. Thinning of the epidermis can also impair the skin's ability to retain moisture and protect against environmental aggressors. 

Increased Sensitivity 

Oestrogen has anti-inflammatory properties that help calm and soothe the skin. During the times of hormonal change the skin may become more sensitive and reactive, leading to redness, irritation, and discomfort. Increased sensitivity can make it challenging to tolerate certain skincare products or environmental factors.


Changes in Pigmentation

Changes in hormone levels influence melanin production. During menopause, hormonal fluctuations can disrupt melanin regulation, leading to pigmentation problems such as uneven skin tone, dark spots, and melasma (patches of hyperpigmentation). These changes can affect the overall appearance and clarity of the skin. 

Slower Cell Turnover

Oestrogen helps regulate the skin's natural renewal process by promoting cell turnover. With lower Oestrogen levels, the skin's ability to shed dead skin cells and generate new ones may slow down. This can contribute to dullness, rough texture, and a lackluster complexion. 


Here are some key skin concerns we look out for during menopause…

The hormonal changes in menopause can lead to visible signs of ageing and have a real impact on some people’s confidence. Some common concerns we treat around menopause:

  • Increased wrinkles 
  • Loose or ‘sagging’ skin 
  • Uneven skin tone 
  • Menopause Acne: Hormonal acne typically appears along the jawline, chin, and cheeks and is characterised by deep, painful cysts or pustules.
  • Dryness or Oiliness: Hormonal fluctuations can disrupt the skin's natural balance, leading to either excessive oil production or dryness and flakiness and often both can occur.
  • Sensitivity: Hormonal changes can make the skin more prone to irritation and sensitivity, resulting in redness, itchiness, or a stinging sensation
  • Uneven Texture: Hormonal imbalances may contribute to changes in skin texture, such as roughness, enlarged pores, or the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Hyperpigmentation: Hormonal fluctuations can trigger an increase in melanin production, leading to the development of dark spots or patches on the skin, known as melasma.

What treatments can help menopausal skin?

Hydration Therapies

Hydration Therapies

These combat dry skin on the body and face, especially effective for those
experiencing dry skin on the face in menopause.

Instant book your consultation to learn more about Hydration Therapies

Collagen-Boosting Treatments

Collagen-Boosting Treatments

These help regain skin’s elasticity, vital for combating the visible signs of ageing exacerbated by menopause.

Instant book your consultation to learn more about Collagen-Boosting Treatments

Hormonal Acne Treatments

Hormonal Acne Treatments

Acne commonly occurs around menopause. Genetics can also be a factor in the overproduction of oil in the skin.

Book your skin consultation to learn more about Hormonal Acne Treatments.

Recommended Medical-Grade Skincare: AlumierMD

Choosing the right skincare products is crucial. We recommend products specifically formulated for menopausal skin, and our chosen brand is AlumierMD. They are a leading brand in medical-grade skincare, known for innovative formulations and clinically proven results. Their products are specifically designed to address a wide range of skin concerns, including those associated with hormonal imbalances. Whether you're struggling with acne, dryness, sensitivity, or uneven skin tone, Alumier MD offers targeted solutions to help restore balance and vitality to your skin. Don’t know where to start? Give us a call for free advice on product recommendations, or browse for their products.

Read About AlumierMD

Our Top Recommended Non-Invasive Treatment: Dermalux

The Dermalux Tri-Wave MD offers a non-invasive, gentle, and effective approach to addressing various skin concerns associated with menopause. By harnessing the power of LED light therapy, it stimulates cellular activity, promotes collagen production, reduces inflammation, and improves overall skin health and vitality. As a result, menopausal skin can experience enhanced firmness, elasticity, clarity, and radiance, helping individuals feel more confident and comfortable in their skin during this transitional phase of life. 

Read About Dermalux Tri Wave MD

Our Top Lifestyle Tips for Healthier Skin in Menopause

Making lifestyle adjustments can also improve your skin's condition:

  • Balanced Diet: Nourish your skin from the inside with a diet rich in antioxidants, healthy fats, and vitamins. Foods such as oily fish, nuts, and leafy greens can significantly improve skin health.
  • Regular Exercise: Enhances circulation and skin vitality. Activities like yoga and brisk walking are excellent for boosting blood flow and promoting collagen production.
  • Stress Management: Reduces stress-related skin issues. Techniques such as mindfulness meditation, regular exercise, and adequate sleep are effective for managing stress.
  • Sun Protection: Essential at every stage of life, but particularly during menopause when your skin becomes more susceptible to UV damage due to thinning skin.
  • Gentle Cleansing: Opt for mild, hydrating cleansers as aggressive products can further dry out and irritate menopausal skin.
  • Regular Exfoliation: Helps to remove dead skin cells and promote cell regeneration, but should be done gently to avoid damaging sensitive skin. These additional care tips can make a substantial difference in how your skin feels and appears during and after menopause.
  • Your Next Steps: Maintain Healthy Skin through Menopause

    Your Next Steps: Maintain Healthy Skin through Menopause

    Navigating through menopause doesn't mean you have to compromise on your skin health.

    Whether you're tackling acne, dryness, sensitivity, or hyperpigmentation, we've been working closely with our clients for over 25 years to develop a full skincare regimen and deliver visible results.

    Book Your Menopausal Skin Consultation

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