Half of UK women suffer with dry skin during the menopause

47% of British women experience an increase in dry skin during the menopause, having a significant impact on their complexion, found a study by skincare brand Emepelle

Just under half (45%) have also noticed an increase in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while others said their complexion has dulled (27%), that make-up now doesn’t sit as well on the skin (14%) and that their usual skincare products weren’t having the same effect as before (10%). 

As well as the physical changes, these symptoms are also having a mental impact on women, with 46% saying it has affected their confidence and 92% feeling unable to go to a professional for help, the report found. Check out our tips for better skin during perimenopause and menopause

This is further reinforced by the fact that more than half (51%) felt the condition of their skin prior to menopause was excellent, rating it at least an eight, nine or 10 out of 10, whereas only 16% feel their complexion is at the same level during the change. 

However, 48% have increased the budget they allocate to skincare so that they can invest in the right products to help address the issue, which is where a beauty therapist’s expertise on treating menopausal skin can be so valuable. This is especially important when just under half of UK women don’t feel prepared for the menopause

Post-menopause, more than a third (36%) of women said they feel more comfortable in their skin and body, 29% are more aware of health and fitness than they previously were, and 28% state they are more confident overall, the report found. 

Why does menopause affect the skin?

“As women age and approach menopause, oestrogen levels naturally decline. This has a major effect on the body, but the reduction in oestrogen also significantly impacts the skin,” said consultant dermatologist Emma Wedgeworth, who works with Emepelle. 

“Oestrogen is an essential ingredient in maintaining skin health and appearance. It activates oestrogen receptors in key skin cells, stimulating the production of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid to promote healthy skin and a vibrant, younger-looking appearance.”

She added: “As a dermatologist, I see women experiencing profound changes to the skin, which can be debilitating and distressing – especially if this has never been an issue in the past, as proven in these findings.”

For the study, Emepelle polled 1,000 menopausal women in the UK, a mix of those going through or just finished the menopause. 

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Watch our video with facialist Teresa Tarmey on how to treat menopausal skin in salon.