Most of us have a skin care routine that we
One way skin changes after menopause is it becomes dryer. The medical term for dry skin is xerosis and it's one of the most common complaints that dermatologists deal with and treat.
What causes dry skin? When the outer layer of the epidermis of the skin, called the stratum corneum, loses too much water, the skin becomes drier and flakier. Anything that disrupts this outer layer, such as harsh cleansers, chemicals, hot water, and low humidity, can trigger dry skin. Not only is dry skin not pleasing to look at, but it can also be flaky and itchy.
Dry Skin After Menopause
Not surprisingly, dry skin becomes much more common after menopause. What can you do to control dry skin after menopause? Let’s look at 5 ways that are effective for many women and are also dermatologist approved.
Moisturize - Look for the right ingredients
Moisturize Your Skin from the Inside
Although using a moisturizer consistently will go far toward easing dry skin, what you put into your body matters too. Research shows that getting more essential fatty acids in your diet is beneficial for dry skin. Good sources of essential fatty acids include fatty fish, like salmon and sardines, olive oil, seeds, flax, walnuts, and chia. These healthy fats help to nourish your skin from the inside out. In fact, one sign of an essential fatty acid deficiency is dry skin.
Keep Your Environment Moist
Check Your Thyroid
An underactive thyroid gland is quite common in women after menopause and guess what one of the signs is? Dry skin! Many women have an underactive thyroid gland and don’t even know it. Although dry skin is common and not always due to a sluggish thyroid, it’s something to consider. Other signs of a slow thyroid include hair loss, eyebrow thinning, weight gain, feeling tired or mentally slow, constipation, and mood changes, particularly depression. Fortunately, a simple blood test can tell you whether you have it.
Now you know 5 ways to treat dry skin after menopause. Be consistent and you should see results over time.
American Academy of Dermatology. “Thyroid Disease: A Checklist of Skin, Hair, and Nail Changes“
Harvard Health Publishing. “Moisturizers: Do They Work?“
University of Rochester Medical Center. “Dry Skin“
Kawada, C., Yoshida, T., Yoshida, H. et al. Ingested hyaluronan moisturizes dry skin. Nutr J 13, 70 (2014).