The fact that menopause is a normal part of life for women between the ages of 45 and 55 is of little consolation to those who suffer from one of its seldom discussed side effects – acne. The hormonal changes – specifically a drop in estrogen production – that are at the heart of other changes related to menopause can cause the skin’s sebaceous glands to ramp up production of excess sebum. (Sebum is an oily substance that can block pores.) Unfortunately, this in turn can lead to many women revisiting this condition that is often associated solely with youth. For some women the problem can become so severe that they resort to acne treatment options such as hormone therapy and/or oral medications such as Isotretinoin.
Home Treatment Strategies for Menopausal Acne
Fortunately, there are ways to mitigate the appearance of acne at this stage in life that don’t involve the extremes of these two treatment options. The first is to be aware of how and why menopausal acne occurs in the body. The next step is to not make matters worse by consuming foods that may contribute to the outbreak of acne such as chocolate. Though the evidence is still coming in, there is a circumstantial link between diet and acne. A final wise strategy to combat the appearance of menopausal acne is to integrate these specific steps into your skincare regimen.
- Daily cleansing: Dermatologists recommend that you wash your face at least twice a day with a non-drying cleanser and afterwards that you apply a moisturizer. We have moisturizing and brightening cleansers that are effective and gentle and that remove dirt, oil, makeup etc. from the skin.
- Eliminate harsh cleaning habits and cleansers: Some cleaning habits – such as the use of hot water – can rob the skin of its vigor and health. Harsh cleansers can damage and/or irritate the skin as well.
- Avoid picking at acne pimples: During menopause, the skin is especially sensitive. Avoid squeezing and picking at pimples as this can lead to scarring.
- Use Acne cream: There are three parts to our acne treatment system. The first is our acne clarifying treatment. The next is our brightening cleanser. The final is our clarifying toner. All these products contain ingredients that are gentle on the skin and that have scientific evidence behind them to back up their effectiveness.
In short, a sound and complete skincare routine that accounts for the changes that occur with menopause is the best overall strategy to combating acne. Usually, menopausal acne is temporary but in some cases it can linger after menopause has ended. In either case, you can diminish the effects of this condition by using and following the above tips.