Menopause: Dry Skin vs Oily Skin

Menopause: Dry Skin vs Oily Skin

Understanding Skin Changes During Menopause

The Impact of Hormonal Fluctuations

As we go through perimenopause and menopause, our bodies undergo significant hormonal changes. A key aspect of this transition is the decline in oestrogen levels, which in turn amplifies the effects of androgens such as progesterone, DHEA, and testosterone. This hormonal shift can manifest in various ways, particularly affecting our skin health.

Oily Skin and Breakouts

For many, these hormonal changes result in increased oiliness and breakouts. The heightened androgen activity can lead to more pronounced oily skin, which is often accompanied by acne-like symptoms.

Dry Skin Challenges

Conversely, some may experience the opposite effect – dry skin. This condition can lead to flaking, itching, peeling, and even exacerbate conditions like rosacea.

Effective Skincare Strategies

Tackling Oily Skin

For those dealing with oily skin and acne, a regimen focusing on exfoliation is beneficial. Incorporating salicylic-based cleansers or serums into your skincare routine once or twice a week can help manage oiliness and prevent breakouts.

Addressing Dry Skin

When it comes to dry skin, the goal is to enhance the skin’s barrier function and minimise water loss. Products rich in peptides and ceramides, such as Alumier’s Recovery Balm, Obagi Hydrate, or our Made of More skincare line, are highly effective. These products work to restore the skin’s natural barrier, providing much-needed hydration and protection.

The Role of Mindfulness and Visualisation

In addition to skincare, mindfulness and visualisation play a crucial role in managing menopause-related skin issues. Journaling your goals and discussing them during consultations can provide a holistic approach to skincare and overall well-being.

Vitamins and Supplements: The Reality

A common query in our clinic revolves around the effectiveness of vitamins and supplements in preventing cancer and cardiovascular diseases. It’s crucial to understand that there is no concrete evidence supporting this claim. Instead, focusing on a balanced diet and proper nutrition is key to maintaining good health.

A New Era of Personalised Health Care

At Vysana, we’re not just about aesthetics; we’re about comprehensive health care. Our new private GP services, including virtual and face-to-face consultations, offer a deep dive into your health concerns, with a focus on preventative care and personalised solutions.

If you’re seeking more personalized advice or wish to book a private consultation, please reach out to us at You can also book through our website or call 01572 827085 Remember, this is a conversation, not a consultation. For medical advice, please book an appointment with me in the clinic

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