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In addition to the emotional changes that many women incur during perimenopause, many women also experience physical symptoms including hot flashes, night sweats and noticeable changes in skin.

Perimenopause is the period of transition that occurs prior to menopause – during this phase, levels of hormones incuding estrogen, progesterone and testosterone fluctuate and decrease, often leading to unpredictable swings which can lead to sleep disturbances, irritability and emotional instability in some women. The transition period can last as long as 10 years or more. While some women have relatively symptom free perimenopausal transitions, others experience symptoms that interfere with quality of life and may benefit from supplements, counseling or hormone therapy.

Why Skin Changes at Perimenopause

The main changes that women may notice with their skin at perimenopause are:

  • breast atrophy

  • thinning, drier skin

  • a decrease in skin elasticity

  • vaginal dryness and/or atrophy

These changes are due in some part to the decline in levels of estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. In addition to a decline in hormones, perimenopausal skin is impacted by a lifetime of exposure to  UV rays and decreased cell turnover and repair. While it isn't realistic to recommend use of hormone therapy to support skin changes – the long term use of hormones such as estrogen and testosterone have been implicated with serious side effects – studies have shown that women on hormone therapy regimens (including treatment with progesterone) have thicker, more supple, less dry and firmer skin. In fact, many women with vaginal dryness and/or vaginal atrophy respond well to topical administration of estriol, a naturally occurring estrogen.

Topical Treatments that Help Perimenopausal Skin

A perimenopausal skin care routine should consist of gentle ingredients that can help to repair damaged skin and compensate for the body's decreased ability to maintain healthy skin. Skin at perimenopause will benefit greatly from the following:

  1. Gentle cleansers that won't strip skin of natural oils leading to dryness. Consider a product like [Link Removed] range contains a serum, cleanser and moisturizer that incorporates mandelic and malic acids.

Protect Against Sun Damage

Key to maintaining healthy skin is incorporating daily sun protection into your skin care regimen. Experts maintain that the sun is responsible for more than 80% of skin damage – prevention really should be your first defense! Look for a  well formulated UVA/UVB blocking sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 30 and wear it every day. Choose from a selection including [Link Removed].

Investigate Treatments and Procedures

Sometimes it's hard to get full resolution with topical skin care treatments. If that's the case, you may want to schedule a visit with a qualified medical professional to discuss treatments options including Botox, chemical peels, laser resurfacing or fillers.

Sharmani Pillay is a Registered Pharmacist who specializes in anti aging skin care and women's wellness. She owns and operates an online skin care store at [Link Removed].
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      Vikki Hall wrote Oct 2, 2009
    • This was great! I am not “officially” going thru peri yet but there have been changes going on in the last few yrs.
      And my skin is one of those areas.... I’m still oily but if I treat then I flake and dry out, I moisturize but seem to be irritated by moisturizes I normally use... and the breakouts.... that I haven’t had since my teens and that won’t respond to anything....YUCK!

      I love who I am at 45 I just don’t love what’s happening to the body.....

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