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The skin problems at menopause are: dry skin, especially face and hands, wrinkles, dark circles, acne, facial and chest hair, cellulite, stretch marks.
SKIN is the largest organ in our body, and one of the most important. There are three main layers in our skin.
Epidermis - is the top or outer layer. It does not have any blood vessels in it. It basically consists of dead skin cells and it is designed to protect the delicate living cells of the deeper layers.
Epidermis needs to stay constantly moisturized to protect the deeper layers, that's why natural oils are produced. When the natural oil is stripped from the outer layer of skin, the moisture quickly evaporates leaving the skin dry and itchy.
The dead skin cells replenish themselves periodically. When we are young, this outer layer replaces itself very often, giving us fresh, healthy looking skin. When we age, the process of exfoliation (the top cells wear away, new cells grow beneath to replace them, and so on) is much slower, and the skin begins to look more tired and worn.
Dermis - is the second layer. This layer has blood vessels, which provide blood to that upper Epidermis layer. The Dermis is a permanent layer of skin, it does not replenish itself and it can not be reached by cosmetics. It contains the elastin and collagen, forming the structure of the skin. This layer stays elastic or gets saggy, causing wrinkles or firmness in your skin's look.
Hypodermis - is the lower layer. This layer contains main blood vessels, sweat glands and hair follicles.
Dry Skin Treatment Solutions
At menopause our skin becomes drier. Dry skin has two common causes: hormonal imbalance and nutritional deficiencies.
Hormonal imbalance causes dry skin because of declining levels of estrogen that normally stimulate oil glands. As hormone levels fall, so does oil production, causing skin to become dry.
Nutritional deficiencies contribute directly to dry skin by failing to give your skin cells the materials they need to replenish themselves. Read more about dry skin and age spots solutions, as well as my home remedies tips.
Wrinkles Treatment Solutions
A wrinkle is a fold, ridge or crease in the skin. Wrinkles are a result of aging, sun damage, smoking, etc.
Collagen is the main protein of connective tissue in our body, about 25% to 35% of the whole-body protein content.
Unlike some human cells that are constantly dying and replicating, collagen cells will not be replaced for around 30 years. As a result, these old collagen cells breakdown and cause wrinkles. Read more about wrinkles, anti aging treatments and my home remedies solutions.
Dark Circles Treatment Solutions
Despite what most people think, dark circles are not primarily caused by being tired or stressed.
Dermatologists and plastic surgeons agree that this is caused by capillaries that leak blood close the skin's surface. When this blood begins to oxidize, it turns a blueish red color, similar to a bruise.
Since the skin under the eyes is very thin, this leads to the appearance of the embarrassing bags and dark circles. The more transparent your skin, the darker the circles appear. And what's worse, this discoloration over time can become permanent! Read more about dark under eye circles and puffy eyes treatment.
Acne Treatment Solutions
If you previously experienced Acne, at menopause it may become worse. Black heads, opened pores, body seborrhea may become common.
Acne is a major skin problem, therefore it needs proper treatment. Read more about Acne treatment, prevention, as well as my home remedies solutions.
Facial and Body Hair Solutions
At menopause the estrogen level drops, but our body continues to produce small amounts of the male hormone testosterone.
As a result of hormonal imbalance, some women will experience coarse hair on chin, upper lip, chest or abdomen.
Cellulite is the bumps under your skin which cause the surface of your body to look dimpled. This is caused by little overfilled fat pockets right underneath your skin. These fat pockets become enlarged causing the cells to take up more space between the skin's connective tissues than normal. The result will be the skin-dimpling appearance.
Cellulite is a major skin problem for many women who don't dare to wear short skirts or shorts because of it.
Unfortunately, cellulite does not necessarily go away if you lose weight, many slim women suffer from the same cellulite problems as everyone else. In fact every woman has a certain amount of cellulite, because this is the way our bodies store fat. Read more about Cellulite treatment solutions.
Stretch Marks Treatment Solutions
Stretch marks are a form of scarring on the skin. Those ugly pink, reddish or silver streaks that often appear on the abdomen, breasts, upper arms, buttocks and thighs!
Stretch marks are often the result of the rapid stretching of the skin associated with weight gain, that overcomes the skin's elasticity.
Stretch marks may also be related to hormonal changes associated with menopause, becoming another menopausal skin problem. Read more about stretch marks treatment solutions.