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Skin Care During Menopause

 

With the right care, mature skin can be marvelous skin. You may have noticed that the older you get, the drier your skin becomes. As women age, their skin suffers a slowdown in oil production and cell turnover, especially after menopause; dry skin and menopause often become synonymous for most women. To keep dry skin in the best condition possible, it's important to use proper cleansers that won't deplete skin of moisture and to exfoliate on a weekly basis. Most important, you'll need to keep skin moisturized throughout the day.

The delicate skin of the internal and external vagina is especially sensitive, and it may be more susceptible to dryness and irritation than other areas of the body. Caring for mature skin may seem easy, but moisturizers intended for the face or body can cause redness, irritation and discomfort when applied to this delicate skin. Instead, choose products designed especially for the vagina and surrounding area, such as Dr. Blatt's PrivateRx brand of intimate skin care.

 

Hormonal changes occurring during and after menopause change the physiology of the skin in new and different ways. Loss of B-estradiol during menopause causes the accelerated aging of the skin. The loss results in lowered estrogen and progesterone production, which in turn leads to changes in the skin. The production of collagen and elastin are controlled by estrogen. During menopause, there is less production and repair of collagen and elastin. Ultraviolet (UV) rays are also very destructive to collagen, and if we lose our repair mechanism, then we lose our skin's resiliency.

The cells that make up the surface of the skin are similar in structure to those of the urinary tract and vagina. When a woman begins to notice changes in her skin (wrinkling, sagging, dryness, flaking, loss of resiliency, etc.), there are often similar changes occurring in the lining of the urethra, bladder and vagina. The skin, therefore, may be revealing other telltale signs of menopause. The decrease in collagen in the skin beginning at age 45 or 50 is due to the estrogen deficiency associated with menopause. Studies show that women who go through premature menopause tend to suffer rapidly aging and dry skin.

Elastosis

Protein synthesis, particularly that of collagen and elastin, is partially controlled by estrogen. During menopause, the lowered estrogen levels result in less production and repair of collagen and elastin in the dermis of the skin. This lack of repair is particularly pronounced if the skin is exposed to UV rays. This results in elastosis, which is the loss of the skin's resiliency.

Thinning Epidermis

The growth and maintenance of blood capillaries in the dermis are partially under the control of the estrogens. Thus, blood flow through the dermal capillaries is reduced during menopause, and fewer nutrients and less oxygen are available to the stratum germinativum or basal cell layers of the epidermis. This contributes to the thinning of the epidermis and a slower cell turnover rate, which is accompanied by a reduction in the barrier function of the epidermis, leading to increased transepidermal water loss and dry skin.

Board-certified gynecologist and vaginal surgeon Dr. Ronald D. Blatt created PrivateRx Intimate Skin Care products for the very purpose of moisturizing and calming dry mature skin. Each product is specially formulated to safely help minimize irritation on intimate skin.

For dry mature skin, the PrivateRx Internal Vaginal Moisturizer and External Vaginal Moisturizer effective moisturizing products for internal and external vaginal dryness. Read more about proper skin care treatments during menopause here.

The PrivateRx Personal Vaginal Lubricant is the best option to safely and effectively moisturize the vagina to enhance sexual pleasure and spontaneity.