Ladies as our hormone levels plummet in menopause our skin can become dry, slack, and thin. This is because the skin loses some ability to hold water, so skin can get quite dry and irritated. This can be especially noticeable when the air is dry. That's why, as menopause approaches and estrogen production diminishes, dry, itchy skin becomes very common. For women over the age of 40, declining estrogen levels is the leading cause of dry, sagging skin. Skin appears thin and sallow, with fine lines turning into deep creases. The areas around the eyes and lips may droop slightly and lose firmness due to reduced blood flow and circulation, and skin starts to appear less vibrant. If this is occuring you may need additional estrogen support. In addition, some estrogen therapies may be applied topically to facial skin for wrinkle reduction and moisturization.
Another important hormone involved in skin health is testosterone. Testosterone stimulates the sebum-producing glands, which are important for protecting skin with natural oils, but overproduction can lead to acne. Getting proper dosing and management is key.
Another unpleasant side effect of menopause is vaginal dryness. One in three women will experience it while going through "the change." It becomes even more common afterward. It also makes the vagina thinner and less elastic. This is known as vaginal atrophy. Normally, the walls of the vagina stay lubricated with a thin layer of clear fluid. The hormone estrogen helps maintain that fluid and keeps the lining of your vagina healthy, thick, and elastic.
A drop in estrogen levels reduces the amount of moisture available. It can happen at any age from a number of different causes. It may seem like a minor irritation. But the lack of vaginal moisture can have a huge impact on your sex life. Fortunately, several treatments are available to relieve vaginal dryness including an estriol vaginal cream. Once thickness and lubrication returns you’ll notice desire for sex peeks once again.