Menopausal women can experience formication reeping, crawling sensations on the skin.
What is formication?
Formication is a scary word for a little known symptom of menopause. It refers to when you have the phantom sensation of ants or other insects crawling over your skin!
Formication and menopause
Estrogen plays an important role in the maintenance of healthy skin. So it stands to reason, that as estrogen levels in the body diminish, as happens during menopause, your skin is going to suffer.
Estrogen is responsible for stimulating the production of collagen which provides strength, resilience and support to the skin.
Reduced estrogen levels inhibits the skins ability to retain moisture and slow the body’s production of natural skin oils.
The end result is dry, itchy and fragile skin, prone to many skin disorders.
Formication is one of these.