Menopause & your skin

Our bodies go through so much during menopause. Every organ and every cell are affected by the changes in hormone levels during this time. Our largest organ of all our skin is no different. 

Fluctuating levels of hormones have an impact and knock on affect on the pH balance of our skin, sebum production, elasticity, collagen, blood supply and our pores. 

Knowing the root cause is what homeopathy is all about. Buying expensive collagen creams or taking collagen supplements can only do so much. Treating skin irritation or acne topically is not addressing the root cause. 

Dealing with the underlying imbalance in your hormone system is what will bring results. 

As homeopaths we are skilled at taking into account your complete health picture. We are looking at supporting you from the inside out with an individualized prescription of homeopathic medicine. 

Below are some of the most common issues during peri menopause and menopause with related remedies. While these are helpful and can give partial improvement, working with a homeopath who is trained in taking a full picture of your health needs will bring you the most success.  

Dry Skin – When estrogen drops it affects the natural hydration of our skin. The skin in turn losses it’s ability to hold water so becomes dry quite easily. 

Some remedies – Sulphur, Calendula & Rhus tox 

Some practical tips 

  • Keep hydrated by drinking enough water
  • Apply a thick ph balancer moisturizer
  • Use sunscreen
  • Moisturize calendula cream to dry/irritated areas 
  • Introduce fish/seed oils to help regulate the skins oil production 

Bruised Skin – This can be a common issue during menopause. As the skin becomes thinner the skin may bruise more easily. 

Some remedies – Arnica, Bellis Perrennis, Phosphorus 

Some practical tips 

  • Look at Calc Flour tissue salt for strengthening and improving your skins elasticity
  • Ferr Phos for aiding in inflammation and congestion

Rashes & Irritated Skin – When the pH balance of our skin changes it can become more sensitive. This can then lead to skin conditions like eczema or rosacea.  

Some remedies – Calendula, Nat Mur, Sulphur 

Some practical tips 

  • Use a good quality fragrance free and natural ingredient moisturizer 
  • Avoid face products that contain high chemicals 
  • Keep hydrated and introduce fish/seed oils 
  • Use calendula cream 
  • Support the liver & kidneys with homeopathic remedies or homeobotanicals

Also worth noting the link between our gut and the skin. Leaky gut (when harmful microorganisms, toxins & undigested food travel through to our blood stream) which in turn causes inflammation and skin issues and further disrupt our hormonal & nervous system. 

Acne – The drop in hormones before and during menopause can cause teenage-like acne in some women. 

Some remedies – Pulsatilla, Nat Mur, Nux Vomica

 Some practical tips 

  • Avoid using fragranced washes, go for organic and non scented. Washes containing Palmarosa or Calendula aid in cleansing and decongesting the pores
  • Support the liver with homeopathic remedies like Cheladonium or Berberis
  • Flush out toxics by drinking more water & eating raw vegetables/fruit
  • Look at taking a probiotic if your struggling with a weakened gut – ensuring it contains L glutamine to seal the gut lining 
  • Avoid processed & fried food so as not to overburden the liver & digestive system

Slack skin & Wrinkles – During menopause skin loses collagen. Studies show that almost 30% of collagen is lost in the first 5 years of menopause. 

Some remedies – Calc Phos, Nat Mur, Silica & Calc Carb

 Some practical tips 

  • Protect the skin by using sunscreen daily
  • Avoid excess alcohol/tobacco as they dry out the skin further
  • Stay hydrated and eat a healthy diet to ensure adequate amounts of Vit C & Vit E is present 
  • Facial exercises or facial acupuncture have shown some benefit also 

If you are struggling with skin issues during menopause or an array of symptoms please get in touch for a free 15 chat where we can discuss your particular set of sympoms. 

 

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