Menopausal Acne and Treatments

Menopausal Acne and Treatments

About Menopausal Acne

Hot flashes, night sweats, and weight gain are all common symptoms of menopause. Acne can also occur among menopausal women as well.  No matter what age you are, when you go through a hormonal change, the hormonal imbalance will result in acne. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, women in menopause are most likely to spot acne blemishes near their chin, jaw, and mouth, but pimples can also appear on the chest and back.   

The reasons behind menopause acne are quite similar to the reasons behind adolescent acne. Both menopause and adolescence are times when our hormones are working overtime. At the onset of menopause, or more accurately, the phase that leads into it, called preimenopause, levels of the female hormones, including estrogen, drop. But androgen levels, the male sex hormones that each woman has as well, remain constant. This situation in effect causes the body to experience a relative increase in the effect of these "male" hormones.

During menopause, estrogen, testosterone, progesterone and DHEA levels tend to fluctuate wildly. This hormonal 'roller coaster' is responsible for emotional fluctuations and other common menopause symptoms, and it can also trigger skin problems and nasty breakouts. Some women, on the other hand, do not experience menopause acne until they begin hormone replacement therapy. The purpose of such therapy is to balance the hormones, yet it sometimes has the unintended side effect of causing acne when it wasn’t present before.

Menopausal Acne Treatment and Prevention

There are many ways to successfully treat menopause acne that can safely be used during hormone treatment. You may find relief with nutritional supplements, dietary changes and topical products. If you are currently using synthetic hormone replacement therapy, you might wish to speak with your doctor or nurse practitioner about trying bioidentical hormones as an alternative. Menopausal acne can also be helped with herbs and other natural remedies. Diet, herbs, supplements and topical applications can treat menopause acne.

Maintaining a good self-care regimen is necessary for skin health throughout your life, but it is especially important for women experiencing the dual challenges of delicate skin and breakouts during menopause. Washing your face twice a day can help reduce acne. You should choose a face wash that your skin doesn't react to. When selecting a facial cleanser, you should ensure your face does not become red or irritated; if it does, choose another brand of face wash. Do not scrub your face with a washcloth, for it will make your acne peel and possibly scar.

Monitoring what you eat can also help treat and minimize menopausal acne. Increase your daily water intake to 8 to 10 glasses of water per day. Eat healthy foods and avoid food with rancid fats (almost any processed food). Try to cut out as much sugar as you possibly can, and eat more whole grains, fiber rich food and vegetables. Add supplements to your diet such as vitamins and minerals that combat excess oil, specifically vitamins B and C which help with oily skin and acne. Herbs that help balance your hormones may help.

Made from natural ingredients, AcnEase has been proven to be safe and effective among women with menopausal acne further supporting the products ability to regulate hormonal imbalance and emotional fluctuations.  Additionally, AcnEase was also developed to correct bodily imbalance among older individuals. AcnEase addresses the underlying causes of menopausal acne as well as preventing future outbursts, thus allowing the skin to clear and to begin a healing process for skin scars and acne marks.

It doesn’t matter if you have a severe or a mild case of acne during menopause. The acne will most likely clear up as soon as your hormone levels and menopause symptoms return to normal. Menopausal acne is not serious in most cases, and is a temporary issue that can be controlled with a little extra care and attention.

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