They don’t call it the change for nothing. Menopause is most known as the point when you stop having menstrual periods, but it’s also the stage your ovaries have stopped releasing eggs and producing most of their estrogen. It typically occurs between your late 40s to early 50s. And while symptoms like hot flashes and mood swings are among the most talked-about, skin changes are a major part of menopause.
Celeste Lee, beauty industry veteran and the co-founder of Caire Beauty, tells us, “[Menopause] causes a 30% loss in all skin cell production, including collagen, elastin proteins, melanocytes, fibroblasts, hyaluronic acid, you name it.” So what does this mean for your skin? Basically, “The laugh and expression lines, which used to bounce up and disappear in your 30s, now become permanent,” explains Lee. And it’s not just about the fine lines and wrinkles. Excess oil production, facial hair, sun spots, and acne can all be linked to menopause. Ahead, the changes you might see in your skin and what to do about them.