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Menopause, Dry Skin and Eyes: Understanding the Connection and Finding Relief

Skin issues are very common, 46% of perimenopausal and menopausal women have challenges and over 60% of women experience dry eyes.

This is because the hormonal changes that occur during menopause can cause a decrease in the production of collagen and elastin, which are essential proteins that keep the skin firm, hydrated, and supple. Estrogen receptors are found throughout a woman’s body including her skin. In this blog, we will explore the causes, symptoms, and treatment options for dry skin and eyes during menopause, as well as some tips for maintaining healthy and hydrated skin during this time.

Not only do we suffer with dry skin, but we can experience,

v Itchy skin or a feeling of something crawling on your skin

v Change in body odour

v Bleeding and receding gums

v Hair loss

v Breaking nails

v Collagen loss

There are several treatment options available for managing dry skin during menopause. One of the most effective ways is to use a good quality PH balanced moisturizer regularly, preferably one that is specifically formulated for dry or mature skin. Moisturizers containing ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and ceramides can help restore hydration and improve the skin's barrier function. Additionally, avoiding long hot showers or baths, as well as harsh non-foaming soaps and cleansers, can also help prevent further dryness and irritation. Using a humidifier in the bedroom can also help add moisture to the air and prevent dry skin. It is also essential to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and eating healthy and balanced diet rich in essential fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals. Women can also consider taking supplements such as omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E, and biotin, which can help improve skin health from within. By following these tips and adopting a proper skincare routine, women can effectively manage dry skin during menopause and maintain healthy, hydrated, and radiant skin.

Dry eyes can cause discomfort, irritation, and even vision problems. The connection between menopause and dry eyes lies in the hormonal changes that occur during this transition. As estrogen levels decline, the eyes may produce fewer tears, leading to dryness and discomfort.

There are several ways to relieve dry eyes in menopause. The first step is to consult with an eye doctor or healthcare provider to determine the underlying cause of the dryness. They may recommend using over-the-counter eye drops containing sodium hyaluronate or prescribe prescription eye drops to increase tear production or reduce inflammation. Another effective way to relieve dry eyes is to practice good eye hygiene, which includes regularly cleaning the eyelids and avoiding eye makeup that can clog the glands that produce tears. Additionally, making lifestyle changes such as staying hydrated, taking breaks from computer or screen time, and wearing sunglasses can also help alleviate symptoms of dry eyes.

By taking proactive steps to manage dry skin and eyes, women can continue to enjoy good overall health and quality of life during menopause and beyond.

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