Menopause, skin and common dermatoses. Part 2: skin disorders

Clin Exp Dermatol. 2022 Dec;47(12):2117-2122. doi: 10.1111/ced.15308. Epub 2022 Oct 26.


In this second part of a four-part review, we examine the effect of menopause on the skin. Menopause and the associated hypo-oestrogenic state have implications for the structure and function of the skin. We performed a literature review to investigate the impact of the menopause on common dermatoses. There is evidence that oestrogen is implicated in transepidermal water loss and reduction in dermal collagen. There are associations with menopause and multiple common dermatoses, including xerosis and pruritus, hidradenitis suppurativa and psoriasis. Menopause has a clear impact on the skin and common dermatological conditions. Further research to understand the mechanisms and explore therapeutic options is needed.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Estrogens
  • Female
  • Hidradenitis Suppurativa*
  • Humans
  • Menopause
  • Psoriasis*
  • Skin


  • Estrogens