Menopause can cause many changes in our body and symptoms vary from woman to woman, but the one predominant question that keeps coming up amongst my clients is how do I deal with the ‘menopause itch’?
When our oestrogen levels decrease, our body’s ability to produce collagen declines and our skin is affected. Menopause also reduces our body’s ability to produce necessary levels of sebum or skin oil, which affects the skin barrier leading to dryness and itchiness’s.
As always, it’s important to speak to your doctor for prolonged or serious menopause symptoms, however here are some simple tips that may help ease the itch and make life just that little more comfortable.
Wash your skin with a toxic chemical free body wash, one of which will not dry out the skin or alter the PH when used. Some body wash like commercial soap may include toxic chemicals, synthetic fragrance and added colours and most leave a residue on the skin which will potentially cause more dryness and itching.
Moisturise day and night to help lock moisture within the layers of the skin and reduce dryness. Moisturising with the right creams, oils and serums also help maintain a balanced PH or acidity. They also help you retain more water within the skin via water attracting ingredients (humectants) like Hyaluronic acid and Silver Ear Mushroom. Skin cells thrive in the right environment so getting this right is one of the most important steps to reducing itching and provide a healthier skin integrity, cell longevity and healthy appearance. Apply a corrective moisturising oil or cream each morning and evening.
Take an oil bath with magnesium chloride flakes: soak in lukewarm water with a couple of drops of a soothing, therapeutic oil, this will help keep inflammation at bay and ease itching.
Skip the chemicals: opt for chemical-free skincare as chemicals can flare the skin up and make it more unbearable. Chemicals also travel through the skin and enter the blood stream quicker with impaired, dry, itchy skin.
At Integrity, we offer a wide range of products and treatments from Lira Clinical that help with sensitive, reactive skin conditions and skin-friendly hydrators that lock in moisture to strengthen the skin’s PH and protective barrier.
There are many ways to deal with reactive skin and they all start with the right diagnosis. Get in touch with our practitioners at Integrity Skin Clinic for a consultation today!