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Rick Rhoads, Pharm.D. Pharmacist & Creator of BioRenew Skincare

The ABC’s of Skincare During and After Menopause

by Amy Colo, Licensed Esthetician

Are you dealing with aging skin and menopause at the same time? Most people don’t associate menopause with their skin, but declining hormones can wreak havoc on your appearance.

Hot flashes AND skin aging?!

The most common result of hormonal skin aging is loss of collagen, which causes wrinkles and sagging skin. Your face will appear dry and dull looking.

I often hear from women that “I’ve always had good skin until recently.”

For women in menopause, many products aren’t good enough

I’m sure you have seen all types of exotic ingredients on the television. It’s a shame that most of these ingredients make for good commercials but they don’t work any better than cheap lotions. When it comes to skin care that gives true results for women in menopause, let’s go back to the basics…the ABC’s.

The most basic ingredients can be the best… if strong enough

Vitamin A (Retinoids):

Retinol is a form of vitamin A and is proven to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Retinol works by speeding up the cell turnover in the skin. It is important to know how to use retinol products properly. You can read more about essential tips for apply retinoids correctly.

Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide):

Vitamin B3 is clinically proven to be effective in reducing the appearance of sun damage (hyperpigmentation and brown spots). It is a strong antioxidant and age reversing agent.

Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid):

Vitamin C plays a critical role in skin care. As we age the amount of natural vitamin C in our bodies decreases. Vitamin C aids in the production of collagen, brings back radiance to the skin and reduces sun damage. Only highly concentrated preparations (10% or more) deliver enough vitamin C to the cells to be topically effective at changing your appearance. Applying Vitamin C to the skin can be 20 times more effective than taking it orally. You can read more about how Vitamin C can brighten you skin and reverse the appearance of sun damage.

(Hint:  look for Vitamin C in several forms – Ascorbic Acid, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, and Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate).

Learn more about our top skin care products that were uniquely created for women in menopause.

Still not sure where to go from here? Leave us a comment or call us.

About the Author: Amy Colo is a licensed esthetician and skin care consultant at BioRenew Skincare. She specializes skin care for women facing the changes of menopause head on. You can contact her at Amy@BioRenewSkinCare.com or (619) 238-9507


Topical retinoids truly are superstar anti-aging products, but ONLY when used correctly. They are considered the best skin care treatments because they have so many benefits. Clinical studies point to numerous skin effects:

  • boosting collagen
  • reducing wrinkles
  • lightening age spot
  • clearing acne

Retinoids have stood the test of time so use them correctly

Ingredients like Retin-A and Retinol are tried and true, unlike so many other fads in skin care. Dr. Albert Kligman made it extremely popular in the 70’s and it has remained so for decades. The Rx version (tretinoin) was discovered to have a complex way of communicating with cells to promote younger skin and get rid of older skin. (Scientifically, this is called influencing the development, differentiation, proliferation, and apoptosis of skin cells.)

The point is that there is real science behind retinoid products, so it matters whether you use them the right way.

If you want results with topical retinoids, these tips can’t be ignored.

1. Apply a pea size amount.

More doesn’t mean better and will likely result in just worse side effects.

2. Know which form of retinoid you are using.

Not all types of retinoids are effective.The prescription only products are tretinoin and adapalene. They work extremely well but must be prescribed by your doctor. If you are using a non-prescription cream, the most effective form is retinol. Beware of many ineffective topical non-rx retinoids such as retinyl palmitate and beta-carotene.

3. Applying at night is best.

Retinoids can be broken down easily in sunlight, which make it a good product to be used in your night regimen. There is also some evidence that it might increase sun sensitivity. Be sure to wear sunscreen.

4. Mild redness doesn’t mean you have to stop.

Most doctors will recommend that you try to get through the redness phase, because the benefits are right around the corner. Mild redness will usually resolve on it’s own. Many people miss out on the anti-aging benefits of retinol and Retin-A because they stop using it too soon.

Retinoid skin creams are too effective for anyone who is serious about skin care to pass up. Choose a good formula and use it the right way to see amazing changes in the appearance of your skin.


Rates of melanoma in middle-aged women have risen dramatically. This is unfortunate because sun exposure is the most preventable cause.

The news comes from the results of a new Mayo clinic study that looked at cancer rates between 1970 and 2009. Although the incidence of skin cancer rose within all groups, women had the largest increase.

“The most striking finding was among women in that age group,” states principal investigator Jerry Brewer, MD. “Women between 40 and 50 showed the highest rates of increase we’ve seen in any group so far.”

There was good news from the study as well. Survival from melanoma has steadily improved over the years, which may be attributed to more skin cancer screenings and better detection.

A few prevention tips can dramatically help:

  1. Avoid sun tanning, especially tanning beds.
  2. Use a good anti-aging sunscreen everyday, even in cloudy conditions or indirect sunlight.
  3. See a dermatologist on a regular basis, especially when you detect an area of concern on your skin. (If you live in San Diego, I recommend Dermatologist Dr. Mary Dobry)

Mayo Clinic. “Dramatic rise in skin cancer among middle-aged adults, study shows.” Science Daily, 4 February 2014..