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Itchy skin during the menopause

Itchy skin is a symptom that isn’t always discussed in relation to the menopause but it’s surprisingly common. Oestrogen helps to regulate the production of skin oils, helps the body to retain moisture and assists with the production of collagen so when oestrogen levels decline, all of these functions are affected leading to dry and itchy skin.

Read on for tips on dealing with itchy skin naturally…

Shower power

Avoid using water in your bath or shower that’s too hot or it will strip away your skin’s essential oils. Warm water will be much gentler on your skin and avoid using perfumed or scented soaps/shower gels so your skin doesn’t get irritated.


Moisturising your skin daily will help stop it drying out. The best time to do this is when you come out of the bath or shower. Again, avoid using anything perfumed or scented. Don’t forget that all important SPF to protect your skin from sun damage too.

Keep hydrated

Drinking more water will work wonders for your skin. Caffeine and alcohol lead to dehydration and can affect many of your menopause symptoms so swap them for water as much as possible!

Balanced diet

Including omega-3 rich foods such as flaxseed, walnuts and soy in your diet can help keep your skin hydrated and help it to hold onto moisture.

Choose fabrics wisely

Certain fabrics such as wool can aggravate itchy skin. Opt for lose fitting cotton which allows your skin to breathe and helps stop skin getting irritated – especially while you sleep.

If you find it gets hard to manage, speak to a healthcare professional who may suggest some extra help such as antihistamines.