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Menopause Symptoms - Itchy Skin

Why do we experience itchy skin in menopause?

Some women may experience changes to their skin, such as itchy skin. This condition is known medically as “pruritus.” Pruritus may occur during perimenopause and continue shortly after menopause. 

During menopause, hormonal changes include a loss of oestrogen. Oestrogen is related to the production of collagen, an essential building block of skin.


Oestrogen is also related to the production of natural oils that keep your skin moisturised. The lack of collagen and natural oils can cause your skin to become thin and itchy.

Itchy skin can occur on any part of your body

Reduce the likelihood of itchy skin:

  • Avoid hot baths or showers

  • Pat yourself dry after bathing

  • Avoid scratching

  • Use scent-free skincare

  • Reduce alcohol and nicotine intake 

  • Wear soft, loose fabrics 

  • Avoid strong sunlight 

  • Stay hydrated

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