Acne and Menopause
Some women develop acne during menopause, especially those who had acne in adolescence. Increases in androgen levels during menopause are thought to raise the risk of acne during menopause.
Adult acne often affects the lower face and rarely responds to teen acne treatments.
During menopause, the most common underlying cause of itchy skin is hormonal change. As the body prepares for the cessation of menstruation during perimenopause, levels of estrogen in the body also fluctuate and eventually begin a steady decline.
Estrogen plays an important role in maintaining healthy skin. For example, estrogen is responsible for stimulating the production of skin collagen, a fibrous protein that provides strength, resilience, and support to the skin and other tissues.
As estrogen production diminishes around the time of menopause, dry itchy skin becomes a very common symptom. The decline in skin thickness and collagen production appears to be most rapid in the years immediately preceding menopause.
Lowered estrogen levels also decrease the body's ability to retain moisture and slow down the body's production of natural skin oils, which also contributes to itchy skin.
Other, rare causes of itchy skin
Medical Causes of Itchy Skin
- Fungal infection
- Skin cancer
- Vitamin deficiencies
- Drug side effects
- Drug abuse or withdrawal
While hormonal changes are the most common cause of itchy skin during menopause, other medical conditions can be responsible for itchy skin. While these are rare causes, they are important to be aware of, particularly in cases where itchy skin is accompanied by other unexplained symptoms.
Women concerned about the causes of itchy skin and those who experience other worrisome symptoms should consult a qualified dermatologist or another medical professional. Fortunately, itchy skin in menopause can often be managed with self-care and natural treatments. Read on to learn more about the treatment of itchy skin.