Ahead of World Menopause Day on 18 October 2023, research undertaken by global Professional Skincare brand Environ has found that many women experience feelings of discomfort, embarrassment, and sadness relating to the menopausal transition of the skin.
The research, which was conducted amongst a group of over 800 female respondents primarily between the ages of 45 and 59 years old, was undertaken to expose the human truths behind the physical effects of menopause on the skin.
The results reveal much about key skincare concerns, and that women experiencing this stage of life continue to carry the burden of societal stigma and miscommunication. Furthermore, that menopause is something that is quietly suffered alone, or over-medicalised and managed simply with hormone replacement therapy.
When asked how respondents felt about the effects of menopause on their skin, only 13% cited a degree of acceptance. The overwhelming majority of the group used descriptors such as ‘sad’, ‘awful’, ‘embarrassed’ and frustrated. Some women even cited that they felt the need to ‘cover up’ and that their skin made them feel ‘unattractive’ and ‘depressed’.
The survey also revealed that despite experiencing significant changes to their skin during these menopausal phases, a staggering 66% of women have not sought out professional skincare advice or treatments to assist with skin concerns.
Globally acclaimed Plastic Surgeon and Environ Founder Dr. Des Fernandes believes that many women don’t recognise the value of Skincare Professionals and their support in managing menopausal skin concerns. “Skincare Professionals can help by providing personalised expert recommendations. Menopause is as individual as a person’s own genetics when it comes to the symptoms and effects on the skin, which makes personalised advice even more important,” says Dr. Fernandes.
When asked what the most visible effects of perimenopause or menopause are on the skin, 51% of respondents stated dry, itchy skin and over 34% cited wrinkles, sagging and loss of volume. One in five respondents suffered acne flare ups.
As a pioneer and leading specialist in vitamin A skin science, Dr. Fernandes maintains that the topical replenishment of vitamin A and antioxidants is the most effective starting point for women experiencing the effects of menopause on their skin.
“Without any doubt, the most important nutrient for beautiful skin before, during and after menopause is vitamin A. This essential skin nutrient controls the normalised activity of skin cells through its effects on cellular DNA, it promotes the healthy metabolism and differentiation of skin cells, and it’s also the most powerful promoter of the skin’s natural moisturising factors,” says Dr. Fernandes
“Menopause is inevitable for all women. It’s a phase during which women experience significant physical, psychological, and aesthetic changes, along with the associated stressors, that can have a profound impact on their overall well-being,” says Dr. Fernandes.