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HOW TO SOOTHE ITCHY & DRY SKIN CAUSED BY MENOPAUSE

Discover the types of menopause skin changes including dry and itchy skin, and how to soothe them. Here we provide advice and product suggestions we think you'll love.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE MENOPAUSE SKIN CHANGES THAT OCCUR?

There are many hormonal changes linked to menopause, which can often cause symptoms such as hot flushes, mood changes and night sweats. Itchy skin is another common menopause skin change common amongst menopausal women, although it tends to be less well-known when speaking about perimenopause.
 
Itchy skin is an especially bothersome symptom and is one that many women may not directly associate with menopause. Menopause dry skin is another common complaint among sufferers caused by hormonal changes.

WHY DOES MENOPAUSE CAUSE ITCHY AND DRY SKIN?

As women approach menopause, their levels of circulating oestrogen start to reduce. 

Oestrogen has many important roles in the body. In addition to regulating menstrual cycles, protecting heart, bone and sleep health, oestrogen is also responsible for stimulating collagen production and helping the body retain moisture (amongst many more things!).

Collagen is the most abundant protein in your body and has many important functions - including helping your skin maintain its firmness and elasticity. When collagen levels drop due to a decrease in oestrogen, your skin will also naturally start to have less elasticity and as a result, may become more irritable and dry.

lady applying cream to her cheek for itchy and dry skin caused by menopause

HOME REMEDIES FOR ITCHY & DRY SKIN CAUSED BY MENOPAUSE

More often than not, a few home remedies and lifestyle changes are excellent at helping to alleviate itchy and dry skin. Here are a few of our best tips and tricks to relieve menopause itchy skin:
lady avoiding scratching her face due to menopause

Tips and tricks to relieve menopause itchy skin

1) Avoid scratching

This one’s certainly easier said than done, but is one of the most important as itching can very often damage and tear the skin, especially once inflamed. Instead of giving in to the urge, apply a cool compress on the targeted area instead to offer relief, or apply some soothing body lotion with caring ingredients.

lady going through menopause using the shower

Tips and tricks to relieve menopause itchy skin

2) Avoid hot showers or baths

Showering in lukewarm water will help retain your skin’s natural oils, which may otherwise be stripped away in hot water. After washing, make sure you pat yourself down with a towel, as rubbing may further exacerbate skin irritation.

aloe vera body lotion nivea

Tips and tricks to relieve menopause itchy skin

3) Use fragrance-free skincare products

Just like hot showers, perfumed soaps or fragrances may also strip essential oils from your skin. Scented skin products typically contain harsh chemicals which can cause further aggravation and so should be avoided wherever possible.
 
It’s best to use a natural moisturiser instead, such as the NIVEA Naturally Good Aloe Vera Body Lotion, as Aloe Vera is particularly renowned for its antioxidant properties.

lady drinking lots of water to stay hydrated due to going through menopause

Tips and tricks to relieve menopause itchy skin

4) Stay hydrated

Water keeps your body hydrated as well as maintaining the skin’s elasticity, especially helpful with menopausal dry skin. As a basic guide, you should aim to drink 2L of water a day and avoid dehydrating substances such as alcohol and nicotine (which are also known to cause skin ageing).

loose clothing to help with itchy skin from menopause

Tips and tricks to relieve menopause itchy skin

5) Wear loose clothes

Some types of fabric, such as wool or synthetic fibres, can be known to really exacerbate itchy and dry skin. Opting for loose-fitting clothes and softer fabrics like cotton (including cotton bed sheets and pillowcases to sleep on!) can help prevent skin aggravation.

Whilst the intensity of itchy skin from menopause will depend on each person, the symptoms should generally ease over time and shouldn’t continue in post menopause. However, if symptoms persist, we would recommend speaking to your GP who can talk through more specific treatments for itchy skin. 

NIVEA Q10 RANGE TO HELP SOOTHE ITCHY SKIN FROM MENOPAUSE

Coenzyme Q10 plays a key role in ensuring smooth, healthy-looking skin, and is known to be an important driver for increasing the production of collagen. It is a powerful antioxidant and energising coenzyme that helps to rejuvenate and recharge your skin and is a highly effective ingredient in many creams and lotions.
 
The NIVEA Q10 range makes full use of Q10 in all products, as its properties are formulated to support the skin, protect it from damage and help retain its elasticity. This, in turn, should help prevent and alleviate skin irritation caused by itchy and dry skin and help with these skin changes from menopause.

NIVEA Q10 Rich Firming Body Lotion is packed with Vitamin C, making it perfect for improving skin elasticity and firmness in just 10 days. Its moisturising texture is perfect for hydrating dry skin for up to 48 hours and leaves the skin feeling ultra-smooth.

NIVEA Q10 Energy Fresh Look Eye Cream recharges your skin. It contains the protective Q10 anti-oxidant and Vitamin C, leaving your skin feeling hydrated and re-charged. It also helps to alleviate signs of fatigue and dullness, and tangibly firms the eye contour to minimise crows feet.

Discover the types of menopause skin changes including dry and itchy skin, and how to soothe them. Here we provide and advice and product suggestions we think you'll love to help soothe itchy and dry skin from menopause.