Menopause and Your Skin

9 common change-of-life changes, and how to deal with them (11 Photos)

Stacey Colino on Jul 19, 2012 at 10:49PM

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Menopause and Your Skin

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All Dried Up

Dry, itchy skin can be problematic during the perimenopausal/menopausal years, largely because dry skin is more common as you get older, thanks to aging and sun damage, according to The Menopause Book. Counter the sandpaper effect by taking lukewarm (rather than hot) baths and showers; opting for a superfatted soap or gentle cleansing bar; using hydrating creams rather than lotions, which often contain alcohol that can dry out skin even more; and applying moisturizer right after you bathe, while your skin is still damp, to help seal in moisture. If your skin becomes very, very dry, see your doctor: It could be a sign of an underactive thyroid.

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