Managing Extra-Dry Menopausal Skin

A common symptom of menopause is drier-than-normal skin, due in part to a decrease in estrogen coupled with declining collagen production. Once hormone levels begin to dip, the oil glands are not stimulated in the same capacity as before, causing less oil to be produced and the skin to become drier.

Additionally, many women going through menopause are taking statins to help lower cholesterol, and because there is cholesterol in the skin, these statins can cause dehydration from a loss of lipids.

In order to deliver the necessary amount of moisture to the skin, it's important to get rid of any dead skin cells on the surface, which can interfere with the absorption of your moisturizer. Regular exfoliation and prescription-strength topicals like retinoids and tretinoin, which stimulate cell turnover, are effective ways of removing dead skin.

When selecting a moisturizer, make sure to use a cream that hydrates without clogging pores. Look for ones that contain glycerin as well as hyaluronic acid to restore moisture levels.