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Skin Changes During Perimenopause

Menopause is a point in life that many women will have to deal with. There’s a time right before menopause called perimenopause which is when the body starts transitioning. It can last anywhere from months to years, and once a woman has gone a full 12 (consecutive) months without getting her period, menopause becomes official. You may notice a whole host of body changes such as abnormal periods, and menopause symptoms may occur during this time. Skin changes can also occur, so let’s discuss some of them that you may experience during perimenopause.

Prone to Sun Damage
Going through perimenopause and menopause can make you more prone to sun damage which means you’re going to have to up your sun protection game. Exposing yourself to the sun’s rays doesn’t just happen from laying out on a beach; it can happen when you’re in a car, on a train, walking to the store, taking the dog out, or doing a whole host of other activities. It’s for this reason you should always make sure you have on sunscreen. Apply it first thing in the morning then every couple of hours throughout the day.

Increase in Dry Skin
Women who are going through perimenopause may notice their skin getting quite dry which is a good time to change up the skin routine. One of the best things to do is to make sure you’re using a good moisturizer and that you’re also changing it with the seasons. It’s important that you’re using one moisturizer for the cooler months and another for the warmer months, and you should also use one during the day and a night cream that works while you sleep.

Appearance of Skin Tags
You may notice little skin tags popping up as you age, and considering perimenopause typically starts in those who are in their 40s and early 50s (although it can start earlier), perimenopause and skin tags may happen around the same time. They can appear on a variety of spots on your body including under your arms and on the neck. Although skin tags are harmless, many aren’t happy with how they look on their skin. Since it’s not a good idea to remove them yourself, you’re going to have to head to a dermatologist if you want them taken off.

Appearance of Acne
Thought acne was just for teenagers? Not necessarily. If you’re experiencing acne during perimenopause, you’re not alone. There are many others who are seeing pimples pop up as well. If you’re using acne products that don’t seem to be working or you already have an existing skin condition, it’s best if you see the dermatologist get a recommendation of which product would be best for you.

After it’s confirmed by your doctor that you may be going through perimenopause, it’s best if you make an appointment with your dermatologist if you’re concerned about the skin changes you may encounter. The sooner you make an appointment the better so you can get a tailored plan for how to prevent as much skin damage and issues as possible.