Itchy skin can also be one of the many menopause symptoms. The reduction in the estrogen production will make collagen in the skin loses its effectiveness. The result is that the skin becoming thinner and dry. Dry skin is a major factor in women to experience abnormally itchy skin during menopause.
Dehydration causes the skin to become too dry resulting in dead cells to peel off that brings about itchy skin. As such, the first step in minimizing this problem is to ensure that enough hydration to the skin. Drinking lots of water is not only beneficial to reduce itchiness but it also help in minimizing skin related problems.
Applying moisturizer especially those with Vitamin E and A will ensure your skin stays moist longer. Aloe vera with its soothing feeling is also excellent to minimize itchy skin. You should also practice healthy lifestyle and take balanced meals with plenty of fruits and vegetables. High sugar content food, drinking and smoking should be avoided as it can cause the body to loose fluids and reducing blood flow to the skin resulting in dry skin. Include soy products in your diet as it has estrogenic like substances that can minimize your menopause symptoms.
Pay more attention to common sense habits in protecting your skin from further damage. For example, you should avoid staying in the sun for too long as it dries the skin. Protect yourself from the scorching heat using umbrella. For cleansing, use tea tree, avocado or almond oil and avoid soaps that are harsh to the skin. Try pine tar soap during showering as it soothes and heals your skin. When doing the dishes, use gloves to protect your hands.
You should also assess whether your itchy skin is caused by eczema. Eczema is an inflammation of the skin that often related to allergic reactions. Menopause can also bring increased allergies due to lower immunity levels which may trigger eczema to middle aged women. If your skin is dry, persistent itchiness and become red, it is usually due to eczema. You can try to apply eczema cream to both maintain skin hydration and reduce inflammation.
If itchy skin is solely caused by menopause, it is often considered a minor symptom. If you are taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to alleviate your other menopause symptoms, it is likely that your skin itchiness will become less when your hormonal imbalance is corrected. You can choose between synthetic or natural HRT which the former has relatively higher incidence of side effects. Popular natural HRT alternatives often include herbs such as black cohosh, dong quai and ginseng.
You should not be too worried about itchy skin as it is often easily treatable. As with many menopause symptoms, this symptom is likely to disappear as your progress further into menopause. It is still however best to consult your doctor first whenever you want to start on any treatment. Pay attention to persistent or worsening itchy skin symptoms that will need thorough evaluation by your doctor.