Menopause and the skin

During menopause, hormonal changes can have a big impact on the skin.

Lower levels of estrogen can make the skin thinner, drier and more vulnerable to the elements.

With Wednesday 18th October 2017 being World Menopause Day, we look at a selection of skin related issues that women can face during this period of change and what procedures and products can be considered to take care of any specific skin care needs.

Collagen Reduction

From the age of 30, collagen production begins a slow decline and by age 40, we would have lost between 10 to 20% of our collagen. Rapidly decreasing collagen levels around the time of the menopause will lead to diminished skin strength and elasticity.

The Collagen Booster procedure does exactly what it says. This combination procedure uses deep exfoliation, a mild glycolic peel and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) to stimulate and increase collagen production. It plumps out the skin, softening fine lines and wrinkles in the process. As a bonus, the IPL treatment also reduces facial redness often caused by red veins or rosacea.


Eyes wrinkles have been softened, red veins reduced and facial ‘plumpness’ increased


Oil glands can become less active and slow down sebum production meaning the skin can look and feel dry and dehydrated.

Using a Vitamin C serum alongside a good quality moisturiser such as Obagi Hydrate can help promote and provide long-lasting hydration.

Sun Sensitivity

As we age, our skin becomes far more sensitive to the sun. Sun protection factor (SPF) is something we recommend to all of our patients, regardless of their age. This become even more important from the age of 50 onwards, so invest in a decent SPF50 broad spectrum product such as Heliocare or Obagi.

Age spots / pigmentation

Age spots on the face and body can look more obvious around the menopause.

The appearance of age spots on the hands and chest can be greatly improved with Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) which targets and destroy the pigment in the skin.

Although IPL can be used to improve pigmentation on the face, there are some excellent clinical skin peels such as the Dermamelan peel that can be used to good effect or products such as the Obagi NuDerm system.

Loss of volume

Depleting collagen and elastin supplies will contribute to loss of volume that can be seen in areas such as the face and on the hands.

Hyaluronic acid fillers (dermal fillers) can help restore the skins lost moisture and, when expertly injected, can counteract volume loss to areas of the face and body.

It’s not so bad …..

The menopause is not always plain sailing but it is an inevitable transition into the next stage of life.

And this in itself can be liberating and exciting. 

If you would like to make a consultation to discuss how the menopause is affecting your skin and what products and procedures might be suitable for you then please contact us on 01483 477 189 or 020 3757 7178.

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