The effect of menopause on the skin and other connective tissues.

One of the many unpleasant results of menopause is the effect it has on the skin – viz aging. This can be avoided,however, by replacing the oestrogen missing in the body. This study below adds to our knowledge about the effect of menopause on the skin.
Gynecol Endocrinol. 2012 Apr;28(4):273-7. doi: 10.3109/09513590.2011.613970. Epub 2011 Oct 4.

The effect of menopause on the skin and other connective tissues.


Department of Anatomy, Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, University of Malta, Tal-Qroqq, Malta.


Cutaneous ageing manifests itself as a progressive reduction in function and reserve capacity of skin tissue. Collagen atrophy is a major factor in skin ageing. There is a strong correlation between skin collagen loss and oestrogen deficiency due to the menopause. Skin ageing is associated with a progressive increase in extensibility and a reduction in elasticity. With increasing age, the skin also becomes more fragile and susceptible to trauma, leading to more lacerations and bruising. Furthermore, wound healing is impaired in older women. Oestrogen use after the menopause increases collagen content, dermal thickness and elasticity, and it decreases the likelihood of senile dry skin. Large-scale clinical trials are necessary to help make informed recommendations regarding postmenopausal oestrogen use and its role in the prevention of skin ageing. Oestrogen has profound effects on connective tissue turnover, no matter the site. It has been shown that menopause has similar effects on the connective tissue of the carotid artery media, intervertebral discs and bones.

About Dr Colin Holloway

Gp interested in natural hormone treatment for men and women of all ages

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