Dry skin and wrinkles top skin concerns for women over fifty

Published: 2-Sep-2010

New survey identifies skin issues of menopausal women

Menopausal women worry most about dry skin and wrinkles according to the findings of a new consumer survey sponsored by Vichy Laboratories. The Effects of Menopause on the Skin report found that the majority of women undergoing the menopause suffer from dry skin, with 53% of those surveyed reporting it was their most common issue.

The survey, which questioned 686 women over the age of 50, also found wrinkles and a sagging neck a concern to those polled.

The results are supported by additional research carried out by Vichy. It polled 625 dermatologists at the American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting 2010 and found that dry skin was the number one skin care concern reported by menopausal patients, followed by wrinkles.

“By the time women hit their late 40s and 50s they often experience a rapid increase in collagen breakdown. In particular, this can manifest as sagging skin of the neck and jaw line and is highly bothersome to my patients,” says Boston dermatologist Ranella Hirsch.

The findings have been published as part of Menopause Awareness Month, which will be raising the profile of the menopause throughout September.

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