Menopause is a fact of life for every woman. It signals the end of the fertile phase of a woman’s life and affects the entire cascade of her reproductive functioning. This major physiological event usually has some effect on almost every aspect of a woman’s body—including her skin. The transition is more difficult for some than for others. Women generally begin to experience dryness and a loss of skin elasticity, due to the slowing of collagen production, but many women also experience symptoms of rosacea or acne.
There is a strong need for more consumer education on the effects of menopause on womens’ skin, particularly conditions such as rosacea and acne. Because there is some denial surrounding the subject, women around the globe have been slow to discuss and seek out information beyond their circle of friends. Historically, information was gleaned from close friends, a mother or an aunt, the occasional article or discussion that took place in a physician’s office or with a pharmacist. Increasingly, however, the topic is being covered in more mainstream media.