Menopause is a natural part of ageing. The skin is the largest organ in the body and as the hormonal balance in the body changes during the menopause, the skin, hair and nails often change.
How does the skin change during menopause?
During the menopause, the skin loses collagen, which contributes to a decrease in the fullness and elasticity of the skin. It is then common for the skin to become more dry. Some women also suffer from rashes, eczema, itching on the body or scalp, varicose veins and cellulite. You can also get bad skin such as pimples, acne and you can get red in the face if you suffer from, for example, rosacea or perioral dermatitis.
One tip is to be extra kind to your skin during the menopause, don't wash too often as this can dry out your skin, and find a skincare routine that suits you. The skincare routine doesn't have to be very advanced, less is more.
Most of the time, skin changes are harmless, but keep an eye out if skin changes that you have had for a long time start to look different.
How does the hair and nails change in menopause?
With the hormonal changes during the menopause, some women experience changes in their hair and nails. Hair loss, including excessive hair loss, thicker hair, drier hair and poor hair quality, affects many women. There may also be increased facial hair growth and nails may become more brittle and grow more slowly.
If you're bothered by changes during the menopause, and what you've tried on your own doesn't help, you can contact your doctor for help to alleviate your symptoms.