Do you think that acne is just a teenage problem? Think again! Here’s why it affects women during menopause and tips to keep it under control.
Acne is the most common skincare condition. It affects around 50 million Americans each year, with 85% of them being between the ages of 12 and 24 years old. So, it’s safe to say that most people think that it’s something they get to leave behind in their teenage years, but acne also happens to be a common side effect associated with menopause. Why does this happen? As you might have guessed, it all comes down to hormones!
Why menopausal acne happens
Most women start entering menopause between the ages of 40 to 50, with 51 being the average age in the United States. This life stage marks a notable change in hormones which can also lead to breakouts. Not only that, but it can also cause flare-ups of conditions such as rosacea. Skin elasticity and collagen levels also drop as well as sebum production, leaving skin thinner and drier than in our youth.
One of the big changes that occur during menopause is that estrogen levels drop, allowing testosterone to dominate. This can cause a range of skin-related concerns, such as hair loss, facial hair and acne.
Treating menopausal acne
What can you do if you are experiencing hormonal acne? First, don’t reach for products designed for young skin! These can contain high amounts of harsh ingredients that can be damaging to mature skin. But you will have to make some changes to your skincare routine. Look for a cleanser that removes buildup without stripping the skin of necessary oils and moisture. Topical treatments, such as retinoids, as well as some oral treatments can be effective at clearing up breakouts and keeping them at bay.
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