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Skincare + Menopause: How to Care for Your Skin

Skincare + Menopause: How to Care for Your Skin

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What steps can women in perimenopause/ menopause take to protect their skin?

Estrogen loss in the perimenopausal years contributes to rapid facial aging with marked loss of volume and hydration. Women can counteract these changes by consuming ample purified water, eating a diet rich in anti-‐oxidants, and taking extra vitamin D3 in the form of a supplement. Skin care regimens should combine anti-‐oxidant and hydrating nutrients without harmful chemicals such as parabens, phalates, and petroleum products. A mineral based broad-‐spectrum sunblock should be applied daily to provide UVA and UVB protection.

Are age spots associated with menopause and what can be done about them?

Hyperpigmentation commonly occurs during periods of hormonal change such as when using oral contraceptives, in pregnancy, and early in perimenopause. The pigment cells and melanocytes can become activated by the high estrogen levels that precedes menopause. Women may note pigment changes on the face and chest.

Other skin changes such as red dots (cherry angiomas) on the chest and skin tags on the underarm and breast area may appear during this time. Hyperpigmentation is best managed with vigilant prevention using mineral based sun blocks. For the treatment of existing hyperpigmentation, consult with a dermatologist.

Why is getting a good night’s sleep especially important for your skin during menopause?

We’ve long accepted the idea that when we are well rested we tend to look healthier. However, new science has now provided evidence that beauty sleep is more than just an expression, its science. Research has shown that sleep-deprived people appear less healthy, less attractive and tired compared with when they are well rested. The good news is that a good night’s sleep won’t cost you a penny! Aim for 8 hours and use natural remedies over sleeping pills to help get you there.

What foods should you include in your diet eat that can help keep your skin healthy?

Eating a diet rich in colourful anti‐oxidant foods such as carrots, berries and kale can lead to better skin tone and texture. The anti-‐ oxidant power of these foods helps protect the skin from age‐related deterioration, and the B vitamins help support cell turnover and collagen synthesis for improved skin tone and firmness. Foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids such as wild salmon, chia seeds and almonds can help maintain a more youthful complexion and have been shown to help reduce age and sun induced deterioration.

Dr. Jennifer Pearlman
Dr. Jennifer Pearlman is a medical doctor with a focused practice in the area of women’s health and wellness.

She is a NAMS Certified Menopause Practitioner certified by the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) and is attending staff physician at the Menopause Clinic at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. Dr. Pearlman has been awarded a focus practice designation by the Ontario Medical Association to enable her to work as an expert consultant to other physicians in the area of women’s health.

Dr. Pearlman completed her medical school and residency training at The University of Toronto. She graduated with Honours and received numerous scholarships and awards.

Dr. Pearlman is an active member of the Canadian and Ontario Medical Associations, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, and the College of Family Physicians of Canada. She is an active member of the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) and the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M) and is completing a Fellowship in Anti-Aging Regenerative Medicine (FAARM).

Dr. Pearlman is passionate, approachable, caring and committed to enhancing the life of midlife women. Offering the best of both conventional and integrative approaches, Dr. Pearlman helps her patients achieve optimal health and wellbeing.

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