Menopause

Itchy Skin Menopause

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Your skin usually marks your entry into menopause, with prickly itching as one of the unwelcome guests. Don’t be in the dark about this common and inconvenient problem – our information will shed some light on possible causes and treatments for itchy skin associated with ageing.

Why is menopause giving me itchy skin?

As you go through menopause, levels of the hormone oestrogen begin to drop.

As the level of oestrogen in your body decreases, it can lead to a number of changes- from less collagen production which causes wrinkles, to dry and irritated skin. The T-zone is usually the prime area for this type of change but not limited there – as midlife women are dealing with stress levels that tend to trigger reactions like flushing, itching or even rashes! Luckily these effects don’t last forever…but it’s still worth knowing about them so you can be prepared when needed.

How does hormone imbalance cause itchy skin?

Itchy skin is a common sign of menopause and is caused by declining levels of estrogen in the body. This leads to a decrease in collagen, which is a protein that makes your skin strong.

Ageing can come with unpleasant side effects – especially when it comes to your skin. Without collagen’s youthful plump, dryness and sensitivity tend to increase as the years pass by. This makes soap, detergents, and even clothes a source of irritation for those aged 40 or above around menopause time; itching on the face scalp or genitals can be common occurrences.

It’s especially common for the vagina to feel itchy and dry during menopause, as the walls of the vagina become thinner due to the declining estrogen levels. This is called vaginitis and these symptoms include:

  • Sore or itchy vagina
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Abnormal vaginal discharge
  • Light vaginal bleeding, or spots of blood
  • Pain when having sex or peeing
  • Sore, swollen or cracked skin around your vagina

If you have vaginitis, you might find that you need to pee more regularly and that you get frequent bladder infections.

During menopause, you may also experience other changes to your skin, such as:

  • Acne
  • Rashes
  • Pigmentation changes
  • Wrinkling 

How To Get Rid Of Menopause Itching?

1. Use A Moisturiser

One of the best remedies is to moisturise your skin, which will prevent dryness and itchiness. Use a moisturiser that is rich in emollients and can penetrate deep into the skin. You can also use aloe vera gel or a calamine lotion.

2. Have An Oatmeal Bath

Oatmeal, which is made by grinding oats to a fine powder, is an effective remedy. Already used in several chemical free skin and bath care products, you can shower with a product that contains oatmeal. It helps to relieve the itching.

3. Vitamin C

Increase your intake of vitamin C, which helps to undo the damage caused to the skin. It promotes the production of collagen and may even help in protecting the skin from getting drier or thinner.

You can include vitamin C in your diet through the intake of citrus fruits; or orally as a supplement. There are several skincare creams for dry skin, which you can apply that have vitamin C as an ingredient.

4. Herbal Supplements

While herbal supplements shouldn’t be taken without a doctor’s advice, there are a few which help the body to produce hormones naturally. These may have an effect if you are on some prescribed medication. So they are best taken after consulting a doctor. Soy extract and a cream containing Neem can help in easing the symptoms of menopause itching

5. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT)

HRT is an effective treatment for menopause symptoms such as itchy skin. It works by replacing hormones that start to decrease as you get closer to menopause. Replacing the oestrogen that you lose during menopause can help to strengthen your skin’s collagen, and improve its hydration. This can result in brighter, less itchy skin that feels and looks better.

There are lots of benefits to HRT, as it helps to relieve a lot of menopause symptoms and can also help with other problems that can arise after menopause, like weak or brittle bones. However, it carries some risks and side effects, some of which will depend on the kind of HRT you take. It’s best to speak to your doctor to discuss the best type for you, and find out what the individual risks are for you. Read more about the side effects of HRT.

How to prevent menopause itching

In addition to the above home remedies, you can also make some lifestyle changes to relieve itchy skin.

  • Nutrition A balanced diet rich in vitamins and protein is also essential to healthy skin. Drinking lots of water and staying hydrated is also important for keeping skin moisturized  and supple.
  • Stay MoisturizedUse a gentle moisturizing soap and moisturize with fragrance-free lotion after showering to lock in your skin’s moisture.
  • Avoid scratchingTry to avoid scratching as much as you can to avoid causing scars or infection.  

Here are some bonus tips on how to improve the feel and look of your skin:

  • Get plenty of sleep and rest
  • Reduce stress
  • Wear sunscreen daily
  • Avoid tanning
  • Avoid smoking and alcohol use, which can both be drying to the skin
  • Get regular exercise to help regulate hormones 

Let’s conclude

Most women experience dry and itchy skin during menopause. While there is no telling which part of your body might be itching more, there are ways to treat and prevent drying of the skin and itching. A healthy lifestyle and some preventive measures can help.

Itchy skin may be a symptom of menopause. There are many home and medical treatments available to help with the discomfort it causes. Lifestyle changes can also help reduce your risk or the severity of your itchiness. If you’re experiencing itchy skin during menopause, your symptoms should subside shortly after menopause has ended.

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