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Menopause & Itching Skin

Updated April 17, 2017

Women experience many symptoms during menopause, from hot flushes to headaches and joint pain, but itchy skin can be one of the most troublesome side effects of all.

Facts

During menopause, women no longer produce eggs, their menstrual cycles end and their oestrogen levels decline.

Causes

When oestrogen levels drop during menopause, the production of skin collagen decreases, leading to dry, itchy patches of skin. Low oestrogen also limits the body's ability to retain moisture and produce natural skin oils.

Symptoms

The T-zone of the face and the elbows are usually the first places where menopausal women notice dry, itchy skin. Other prime locations are the back, chest, limbs and neck. Aside from red, flaky patches, some women will even experience tingling or a crawling sensation along with the itching.

Time Frame

Skin changes may develop years before menopause as the body prepares to end the menstrual cycle.

Treatment

The best way to fight itchy skin during menopause is to drink lots of water and eat a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids, like salmon, walnuts, flaxseed and soy. Vitamin B is also essential to good skin. Other tips are to avoid hot showers, use mild soaps and apply mineral oil or petroleum jelly after showering to retain skin moisture.

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About the Author

William Lynch has been a freelance writer for the past fifteen years, working for various web sites and publications. He is currently enrolled in a Master of Arts program in writing popular fiction at Seton Hill University. He hopes to one day become a mystery novelist.