Itchy skin is not often associated with menopause. However, itchy skin can be caused by a wide range of factors, including menopause. Not much is known about what exactly causes itchy skin during menopause, but its probable cause may be due to hormonal changes, mainly in estrogen, that take place during menopause. Estrogen levels also fluctuate during pregnancy, which can cause itchy skin, too. These hormonal changes do not only cause itchiness, but can also cause rashes on the skin or create a tingly or prickly sensation.
What Natural Treatments Will Help Relieve Itchy Skin?
If your skin has become itchier with the onset of menopause, there are some steps you can take to provide relief and add moisture to your skin.
Choose the right body care products
The fragrances and chemicals present in many products that come in contact with the skin can agitate, dry out, or inflame skin, leading to itchiness. Products that can cause itchiness include detergent, body wash, soaps, and cleaning products. Choosing mild, unscented products that do not contain dyes or perfumes can help reduce itchiness and sensitivity.
It is important to moisturize, especially after bathing, because lotion hydrates the skin, which reduces itchiness. Choose a high quality moisturizer and apply it daily.
Stress can worsen itchiness caused by menopause. Although you cannot always remove the causes of stress in your life, you can take steps to address them and find ways to better handle your stress. Physical activity, such as swimming or yoga, can help relieve stress. Seeing a counselor or therapist can also help you work through the stress in your life.
Use anti-itch cream
Anti-itch cream is available over-the-counter and can help relieve itching. Anti-itch cream should be used short-term and usually contains hydrocortisone, menthol, camphor, or calamine, which are compounds that relieve itchiness. Anti-itch cream can be found at your local pharmacy.
Protect yourself from the sun
Sun exposure causes the skin to burn and dry out, and also causes long-term skin problems, such as skin cancer. It is important to apply sunscreen regularly while out in the sun. Seeking shade while out in the sun and wearing light, loose clothing can help protect you from the sun and keep you cool without having to expose too much of your skin to the sun.
More Information about Itchy Skin
Fortunately, women do not have to live with itchy skin. Usually, home remedies or over-the-counter remedies like the ones suggested above can help relieve itchiness. However, if the itchiness persists or worsens, it is a good idea to see a doctor. Itchiness may be a symptom of an underlying medical condition that needs medical attention. Click on the following link for more information about itchy skin in menopause.
- Mayo Clinic Staff. (2014). Itchy skin (pruritus). Retrieved October 12, 2015, from http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/itchy-skin/basics/definition/con-20028460
- National Health Service UK. (2008). Itching - Causes. Retrieved October 12, 2015, from http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Itching/Pages/Causes.aspx