Does the lack of estrogen after menopause affect skin health?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
YES!! If you are menopausal and find yourself sneaking down the acne aisle along with uncomfortable-looking tweens and teens, you are not alone. Acne can occur when hormones fluctuate, causing a change in the production of sebum in your skin glands. Sebum is the technical term for the oil substance that clogs pores. It can get ramped up just like it did during puberty.

Waning estrogen during menopause can also influence the moisture content of skin, making it dry and itchy. The skin also gets thinner, less elastic, and prone to wrinkling. But you didn’t need me to tell you that. Talk to your doctor about your symptoms if you are concerned.

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