The Menopause Diaries #7: Dry hands & skin

It’s been a while since I last added a post to this series.

Just a quick note:
Have you not heard about The Menopause Diaries? It’s a meme I started a couple of months ago to share the things I notice changing in my body as I go through menopause. If you are in the same situation, or your partner is, please feel free to share your experiences and link it to this meme. If you don’t have a blog of your own, you can post your thoughts on my site.

Okay, so… dry hands.

I have never been one who constantly use hand creme and I don’t think I ever will be, but nowadays I have periods that I put creme on my hands several times a day. I have never suffered from dry hands, until about two years ago. At first I thought that I was suffering from ‘winter hands’, but when I got these dry patches on my fingers in the midst of summer, I knew that wasn’t it.

The skin on my fingers and in the palms of my hands dry out and start to peel. It appears overnight, stays for several weeks and then disappears overnight. Sometimes I use hand creme several times a day, other times I don’t use creme at all. The dry places don’t get bigger if I don’t use creme and they don’t disappear quicker if I use a lot of creme. I had no idea what this was, until I read how the changing of oestrogen levels in a woman’s body can affect your skin. When oestrogen levels drop, the skin dry out.

It’s not only the skin on my hands that dry out. Sometimes, especially when it’s colder outside, the skin on my entire body dries out so much that when I take off my tights, it’s ‘filled’ with white flakes. The first time I saw this, my jaw literally dropped. Once again, it doesn’t matter how much body lotion I use, my skin will dry out and stay dry. And then, all of a sudden it’s over and my skin is okay again, no matter how much lotion I have used.

I have also read that dry skin can be a sign of an under-active thyroid, but because it appears overnight and then disappears again overnight, I doubt whether in my case it can be an under-active thyroid (if any doctors out there want to contradict me, please go ahead).

I cannot say that I hate getting older. It has given me more confidence, and even though I have gained weight in the last years (another thing caused partially by menopause) I have a lot more confidence than I had in the past. I have come to accept who I am and I know that I am allowed to have an opinion, and even that I am allowed to voice my opinion. In the past I have been far too shy and had little confidence and this caused me to keep my mouth shut, because I didn’t want to sound ridiculous if I spoke my mind. Nowadays, after I have spoken out, I sometimes am in awe. In awe because I dared to speak out, but also in awe because people listen and don’t laugh at what I had said.

Next year I turn 50 and where I know that half of my life is gone, it doesn’t sadden me. In fact, I love my life. I live by the day and still learn new things. I am happy and confident, despite dry hands, night sweats and hot flashes!

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8 thoughts on “The Menopause Diaries #7: Dry hands & skin

  1. I love your confidence and your enthusiasm for life is wonderful.

    I have noticed that my skin is getting dryer. Although not flaking (yet!) – I do now have to put lotion on all over after a shower or bath, whereas a year ago, it would be occasional.

  2. Wonderful post Marie. I’ve had those hot flashes etc. as well. But the most lovely thing about your post is “I love my life. I live by the day and still learn new things” . . . so well said and totally agree!!!
    Xxx – K

  3. My skin has always been dry and I have to cream every day especially my legs which turn into the most incredibly itchy evil parts of my body if I have not creamed sufficiently. I end up looking like I have reptile scales all over my lower legs if I don’t cream enough!!

    What you describe Marie seems to be directly linked to your peri-menopause. It’s great being a woman eh!!! 😉

    Velvet x

  4. Hurrah for feeling more confident!
    The power of self belief – I really loved this post – the acceptance of ourselves as we mature. Lovely x x
    Hope your skin sorts itself out! x x

  5. Rose Bliss says:

    Wow.. is that painful and/or itchy too?

    This in an area that I haven’t experienced yet, and at age 65, it’s unlikely I will. My mother had dry skin and dry, thinning hair and I was told the same thing would happen to me as I got older. I’m still waiting.

    My skin is so oily, that I have to wash my face after I eat a meal, as well as when I get up and before I go to bed and sometimes in between. I’ve been told that I’m overwashing, but I’m not. There are times that my skin actually feels waxy. My hair is still very oily too. Until had cancer and lost my hair from chemo, it was very thick and very long (down to my ass)…. I was also told that old ladies shouldn’t have long hair… screw that.

    My hair is finally growing back.. I had heard that it can sometimes grow back differently, and I was hoping for pure platinum white hair.. no such luck, it came back exactly as it was, just a little thinner.

    I wonder how many other women didn’t get the dry skin that you have. I’m guessing that a lot of them do.

    • Marie Rebelle says:

      It’s not painful or itchy at all, but it looks terrible. No matter how much creme I put on my hands, you still see the dry patches.

      Sounds like you have been very lucky, not going through everything of the menopause. And whoever said older ladies can’t have long hair. I will keep mine long for as long as I want. I know some ladies of your age who still have beautiful long hair.

      Like you, I wonder how many other women have the same things I do, and I would love to hear from them.

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