Itchy Skin In Menopause

There are many reasons why the skin may become itchy and irritated and during menopause, you may find that your skin is itchier and more sensitive than normal. If your skin is very itchy, this can cause dryness and bleeding.

The menopause and itchy skin

Menopause may cause you to have itchy skin because oestrogen plays an important part in controlling skin hydration and the production of collagen, the fibre, which gives skin its firmness and elasticity; as oestrogen levels fall, skin tends to become drier and less elastic. Stress and dehydration can also cause skin problems.

If you have itchy skin, try to moisturise regularly using gentle, non-perfumed products; drink plenty of water and try to avoid caffeine and alcohol. If you smoke, trying to give up will have major benefits for your skin, as well s your overall health; your GP will be able to help if you would like to find out more about quitting. It may also be best to avoid itchy materials, such as wool, and to stick to light materials, such as cotton and linen.

If you have very itchy skin and your skin has become sore or irritated, there are various treatments, which may be beneficial, including topical steroid creams and antihistamine medication.

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