Menopause – 4 Ways It Affects Your Skin

August 28, 2018

Menopause – 4 Ways It Affects Your Skin

The fact that menopause is a natural state in a woman’s life doesn’t make dealing with unpleasant menopausal symptoms any easier.  Many women are happy to say goodbye to their monthly period, but not so welcoming of the effects brought on by dramatic hormone changes.  Wild hot-flashes, relationship-altering mood swings, weight gain, thinning hair, wickedly-dry and wrinkly skin and the sex drive of a potted plant are a few of the challenges women face when estrogen levels plunge. For those of us in this demographic, we know the symptoms well, and for many, the effects on the skin top the chart for most disliked and most difficult to resolve.

As a woman reaches menopause, there are significant changes in the body’s hormone production – Luteinizing Hormone, Follicle-Stimulating Hormone, and estrogen levels change so significantly that they can deeply affect the way a woman feels and looks.

Hormones are messengers in the human body and they travel to precise locations to initiate, cease, speed up or slow down specific functional activity. For example, estrogen and progesterone are hormones largely involved with sexual functions, but the presence of these hormones can also improve general health. The drop in the level of these hormones not only stops our monthly cycles, but will also set off many more physiological changes in a woman's body.

Although many symptoms of menopause are felt internally, numerous women notice sudden and serious effects on their skin.

Skin is the largest and the most visible organ of the human body. During menopause, the female skin undergoes tremendous changes. The decline of estrogen levels in the body decreases the water-holding ability (moisture), and elasticity of the skin which results in dryness, itching, appearance of wrinkles and loss of skin tone.

So why does the skin change with the drop in estrogen levels?

  1. Estrogen is one of the essential hormones that stimulates the production of collagen. Collagen is a key protein in the skin, and it’s responsible for maintaining skin thickness, firmness, and elasticity. When estrogen levels drop, we see a corresponding decline in collagen levels. Reduced collagen makes skin thinner and more prone to wrinkles.  In fact, almost one-third of collagen is lost during the first five years of menopause.  Fortunately,  after that, collagen decline slows significantly and a lower plateau is reached. 
  2. Low levels of estrogen also decrease the blood flow through dermal capillaries. As a result, skin surface - especially epidermal layers - receive less nutrients and the cell turnover rate slows down. This reduced nutrient delivery contributes further to the thinning of the outer layer of skin. A thinner epidermal layer can make skin appear crepey and make fine lines more prominent.
  3. The epidermal layer is designed to keep external elements away from your inner tissues. Thinning of the epidermis allows greater exposure of skin to irritants, UV rays, chemicals and environmental pollutants. Therefore, sunburns, skin allergies and irritation become a more severe problem. Hyperpigmentation and discoloration are more visible, and skin is less hydrated leaving skin itchy and extremely delicate.
  4. We also need to recognize that reduced collagen levels will have an effect on the way your skin heals. Collagen is not only helpful in maintaining skin elasticity, but is responsible for wound healing. Declining estrogen and collagen levels means the ability of skin to heal wounds is also impaired.

While there’s no silver bullet where menopause is concerned, many of the undesirable skin changes can be mitigated or managed effectively when supplementing with DeepMarine’s Canadian-Made Collagen.  DM’s premium-quality and ultra-small molecule size work together to replenish lost collagen in skin tissues.  This keeps the skin thicker, better hydrated, less itchy, healthier and younger looking.


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