Dry or itchy skin are common problems through menopause as oestrogen fluctuates.
Oestrogen promotes the formation of collagen and essential skin oils that keep the skin hydrated, helping it to look firm, plump and healthy. That reduction of oestrogen, and the changing ratios of hormones in your body, don’t just affect the collagen oil production, they also reduce your body’s ability to retain moisture leading to many women experiencing dry or itchy skin. Possible showing first in the T-zone and the elbows (that’s where I noticed mine first) but can be all over the body, including the nails.
Treating itchy skin during menopause often requires a number of self-care techniques with most doctors advising against invasive and risky medical or hormonal treatments for this problem. Combining a clean diet with lifestyle changes is very safe and often effective in providing relief.
While the self-care measures suggested below can help you manage itchy skin during menopause, alone they are unable to get to the root cause of itchy skin which is the menopausal hormonal imbalance.
Fortunately, nutrition, lifestyle, alternative treatments and natural supplements can address this primary issue of hormonal imbalance, helping you treat itchy skin from the inside out, all covered in the Natural Menopause Road Map programme.
And of course these natural treatments involve little or no risk!
Nutrition. Increase intake of omega-3 fatty acids found in foods such as salmon, mackerel, sardines, nuts, seeds including flaxseed and chia seeds, avocados. An adequate vitamin B intake is also crucial to skin health and a B complex supplement may be useful until symptoms subside.
Increase water intake. This will help to hydrate the skin from the inside out. Minimum of 2L/day, spread throughout the day with a LARGE glass and a slice of lemon drunk on waking. Adequate hydration throughout life is vitally important and can help reduce stress, minimising frequency and severity of menopause symptoms.
Avoid hot showers. Because hot water can be harsh and drying it’s advisable to take shorter showers using warm water. During menopause, hot showers are particularly detrimental, as they can not only dehydrate but also trigger hot flushes. To avoid all of these problems, opt for lukewarm water in the mornings. What’s more, cold water is thought to promote hair health – although I have no personal evidence of that! – a blast of chill, if tolerable, may be beneficial.
Hot showers also open the pores of the body allowing for toxins from toiletries to be more readily absorbed, compounding the problem and adding additional stress to your liver which is desperately trying to manage and balance your hormones.
Moisturise after showers. Coconut oil (raw, organic only) is an excellent and inexpensive skin moisturiser, apply on slightly damp skin for maximum benefit. You could also add a few drops of an essential oil to create a more luxurious product.
Use gentle, fragrance free, non-irritating soaps. As pure as possible. Look on the label of all toiletries that ‘foam’ and avoid the hormone disrupting toxin SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulphate)
Use a quality, broad-spectrum sunscreen. Vitally important! Again, choose one as free from chemicals as possible.
Hand Care. We wash hands so frequently, especially recommended during these covid times (I refuse to give it a capital letter!) and they’re also exposed to the elements more than most parts of our body affecting both skin and nails. Moisturising with a hand-cream after washing can help, also wearing gloves especially if exposed to chemical cleaning products,
Avoid other triggers. Cigarettes, excess sun exposure, stress, and poor sleep patterns can also help to manage itchy skin.
Exercise. Exercise encourages blood flow to the skin and helps promote collagen which helps keep our skin keep a youthful glow. Plus has so many other benefits too for our physical and mental health, so an absolute MUST.
Prescription medication. With the best will in the world, sometimes you may need a little extra help from your GP if practicing self-care is insufficient. Your itchy skin may also be due to something other than hormones, so do get checked out if you have any concerns or the itching doesn’t go away.
Helping busy ladies naturally create harmony and health through the menopause years and beyond. Regain control, confidence, and be free to live the life they choose.
A full hysterectomy in her 30s led nutritional therapist and health coach Clare on an amazing adventure exploring the many opportunities available to manage her enforced menopause and create long-term health.
Clare prefers the natural approach, and qualifying in nutritional therapy gave her the confidence to come off HRT, take back control of her life and health, and look forward to living the best third of her life free of prescription drugs. Understanding the importance of creating harmony of health of both body and mind through menopause and beyond, she’s now on a mission to inspire, educate and empower other women, too. Help them create their ‘new life’.
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