How to Care for Your Skin Around Menopause


As you approach menopause, you might expect some typical symptoms — like hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, weight gain, and irritability — but your skin will undergo changes too. That’s because your dermis, or the thickest layer of your skin, is sensitive to the shifts in hormone levels (such as estrogen and progesterone) that accompany menopause.

“Estrogen receptors in the skin play a role in sebum production, which keeps skin lubricated and promotes normal collagen production, the main building block that gives skin structure,” says Lauren Fine, MD, a board-certified dermatologist at Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology.

Studies show that a woman’s skin can lose about 30 percent of its collagen during the first five years of menopause and about 2 percent of its collagen every year after that for the next 20 years, says Keira Barr, MD, a dual board-certified dermatologist and menopause specialist and the creator of Somatic Skincare, a mind-body intervention that aims to help women feel comfortable and confident in their own skin.

“Without estrogen’s influence to help produce hyaluronic acid and collagen, fine lines, wrinkles, jowls and sagging skin become more prominent, wound healing is delayed, and bruising is more common,” says Dr. Barr.


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