I was asked by a reader to provide more information about itching skin in menopause, so I have also added more tips.
When a woman approaches menopause, estrogen levels fluctuate and no longer provide healthy moisture to the skin. Dry skin may be found on any part of the body including the nails and genitals. Here are three tips to deal with itchy skin in menopause.
Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher. It takes about an ounce of sunscreen to cover all parts of the skin that are exposed to the sun. On overcast days, you still need to use sunscreen as 70-80% of Ultra Violet Rays penetrate through the clouds.
It turns out that exercise does more than just help you lose weight and keep your bones and heart healthy. Vigorous exercise allows more nutrients and oxygen to permeate the skin, which produces more skin-softening collagen. As a bonus, who doesn’t love that rush of feel-good endorphins after an exercise session?
Rule Out Other Causes
Dry itchy skin may not be caused by menopause so it is important to see your doctor to rule out other causes. An underactive thyroid can result in rough, dry skin. Other causes of itching may be diabetes, skin cancer, medication side effects, or vitamin deficiencies.