Menopause And Acne: How To Conquer This Confidence Zapper

Among the myriad of problems that perimenopause and menopause can cause, one factor to consider is acne. Just like in your former pre-pubescent self, acne is often caused by hormone imbalance. This same hormone imbalance often occurs within the periods of perimenopause and menopause. the end result? A return to pimples.

While acne in menopause and perimenopausal women is rarely severe to warrant medical intervention it can certainly have a large effect on our confidence, which is simply another problem to deal with for those in menopause. Acne is simply another symptom that must be controlled and dealt with

Menopausal Acne

Menopausal Acne

Perimenopausal Acne often develops for the same reasons that acne develops among teenagers. Hormone imbalance leads to the production of androgen which eventually leads to acne. Beyond these factors, the decline of estrogen in a woman’s body will also lead to much drier skin as estrogen often regulates skin’s moisture and smoothness.

This can affect other parts of the body as well as the face, as it does in teenagers.

Additionally, supporting causes of acne development in post-pubescent women can be stress and nutritional deficiency which impacts the balance of cortisol as well as insulin within the body.

Other factors such as genetics as well as dietary changes, lack of sleep or exercise, and other lifestyle changes that menopause effects can lead to additional dermatological issues.

One important thing to be aware of is that while you may have some breakouts, severe cases of acne caused by menopause or perimenopause are still low. So at least we have that going for us, ladies.

Studies suggest that acne cases in teenage females are almost double what they are in menopausal women.

As the hormones begin to settle down at the end of the menopausal period and into the post menopausal period you can expect acne to reduce from what it was in a perimenopausal state.

Effects of Menopausal Acne

While acne obviously is a dermatological issue, it can have a domino effect on other menopausal issues present also in perimenopause.

Acne during the menopause stage can certainly affect your confidence. Your confidence may already be pretty low during menopause and perimenopause.

A lack of sexual libido, hormonal weight issues leading to body dysmorphia, as well as emotional issues can all lead u to have low self confidence and acne can be a little too much to handle.

Moreover, women with menopause may also be dealing with the aging of their skin and the emergence of wrinkles and other age lines.

In addition to acne this can be a lot but with the right medical help and approach it will eventually subside. It is important to recognize, that just as you might tell your teenage children, it is a totally natural part of your body changing.

Acne can be caused any time that your hormones are sent out of whack, no matter how healthy you may be.

Menopausal acne will eventually subside, but can be sped along with medical treatment, where necessary, and also a diligent approach to skin health.

Treatment for Menopausal Acne

Effects of Menopausal Acne

To get acne to clean up you will require both natural and medical remedies that can be recommended depending on the severity of the acne.

Getting rid of your acne efficiently and quickly can certainly help you regain confidence and control in your life when going through menopause.

If your acne is light it can just be caused by hormones. Even in this situation it is still good to practice having a healthy and balanced diet, attempting to reduce stress on the mind and body, remaining hydrated, and reducing sun time.

A medical approach can also help mitigate menopausal acne. Prescription antibiotics such as Benzamycin can help as well as Retinoids. Either consider being prescribed these in severe situations, or just look out for these ingredients in a face wash or moisturizer.

Here are some general steps to naturally prevent acne occurring:

  • Create a routine – if you haven’t already got a skin routine that involves washing your face periodically and applying moisturizer everyday then consider employing one to help mitigate skin problems caused by hormonal imbalances.
  • Replace your old beauty routine – When going through menopause changing your beauty routine can often help inspire confidence. Moreover, getting rid of old cosmetics and starting fresh with new gear (perhaps geared towards anti-aging) can also help prevent future acne breakouts.
  • Don’t pick at them – Like teenagers, there is some horrible part of us that moves us to pick and pull at our skin. Picking or popping acne at the wrong time can lead to scarring which can affect your confidence. In worse cases the wound can be infected.
  • Reduce tanning – The modern woman loves a good tan, but as we mature sometimes our skin can hate us for it. Particularly, tanning booths or exposing skin to strong sun without sunscreen, can affect our mature skin more than when we were younger.
  • Check your soap – Mature skin can certainly benefit from a specialized routine. In the same vein, making sure your soaps are good for mature skin can help mitigate dermatological issues caused by menopause. Certain soaps can be too drying or strong for your skin, we must change as our bodies do.

In severe cases, medical intervention can be necessary, only do so as your medical professional recommends. Stronger medical treatments can be prescribed by a doctor such as androgen blockers like spironolactone which are made specifically with menopausal women in mind, or other acne medications such as Accutane.

One of the most common treatments to mitigate the symptoms of general menopause is HRT or Hormone Replacement Therapy. Many mature adults, including men, consider hormone treatment to help them as their bodies age. HRT is potentially the best treatment for acne, as a teenager or mature adult, and specifically is implemented for women suffering severe menopausal symptoms.

NOTE: Hormone Replacement Therapy can be potentially dangerous for certain women, always talk to a medical professional before considering a medical treatment of this degree.