How to Combat Dry Skin During Perimenopause

November 9, 2015

Menopause is a life bridge that every woman must cross, and the familiar things that go along with it like hot flashes and sweaty nights. But there’s another problem that occurs, too – dry skin.  Why does dry skin rear its ugly head? Estrogen declines, that’s why. That powerful hormone that stimulates maturity and transforming a girl to a woman slows production to a near stop.

Another loss is collagen and oils. It’s common that as menopause draws near and estrogen production dwindles, the increase of itchy, dry skin begins.

Retaining moisture is another downside to menopause. Hormonal imbalances and less oil production impair your body’s ability to hold onto moisture. As soon as perimenopause, you may notice the changes, permanent changes at that. But there are ways to mitigate some of these challenges.

“Helping my patients understand and manage the changing needs of their skin over the years is important to me both as a dermatologist and a woman.” 

– Weilan Johnson, MD, FAAD, U.S. Dermatology Partners Georgetown

Dry Skin Tips

Essential fatty acids—like those in sardines, walnuts, eggs, salmon, soy, safflower oil or flax—help create your skin’s protective barrier, vital for hydration. Without these helpful Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids in your diet, you will experience dry skin and might even be prone to acne.

Keep skin healthy with a broad spectrum sunblock of SPF 30 or higher. Sun is not your friend in the way you may think. Too much of it delivers dry skin and the risk of skin cancer. With broad-spectrum sunscreen you have some defense. Remember, harmful UV rays can burn right through that cloud cover.

Steaming baths and showers are like a spa treatment, but the hotter the water the more it will dry you out. It strips away your natural oils that you’re short on already. Take shorter warm showers and preserve your natural oils. Only scrub areas you really need to. Be gentle with yourself.

When Should I Visit a Dermatologist for Dry Skin During Perimenopause?

If you follow a careful skin care program and still have dry skin problems, you should visit your dermatologist. Perimenopause and menopause can be the tip of the iceberg. There are many changes that your body faces during these times. Acne, wrinkles and thinning skin can all show up around this time, making it hard to figure out how to care for your skin. Your dermatologist can help you develop a regimen tailored to care for your particular skin care needs including dry skin during menopause. We have multiple locations throughout the country, so fill out our simple online form to get in touch with us. One of our local team members will reach out to you shortly to answer your questions or schedule an appointment for you to visit us soon.

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