Menopause Acne

Menopause acne is much like the changes teenagers experience when entering womanhood. The same hormone changes go crazy in menopausal adult women. 

These common changes in hormone levels can cause breakouts in acne. These breakouts can seem like a blast from the past hitting another phase of a woman’s life starting all over again with acne. 

Acne during menopause occurs for the same reason that acne occurs during any other time in a woman’s life. 

Sebaceous glands on the skin produce skin oil, scientifically known as sebum. 

Skin cells are consistently being regenerated while old ones die and which are quickly then replaced with new ones. 


Why does menopause acne occur?

During menopause, the body is effected from hormone imbalances. These imbalances effect levels of estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and DHEA. 

The sebaceous glands on the skin become sensitive to these imbalances and then start producing more sebum than they need to. 

From the over production of sebum, skin cells die and you have more facial oil and dead skin cells than you need. Due to the excess oil and dead skin cells the hair follicles become clogged up. 

This in turn creates a buildup of sebum and thereby, acne. 

Menopause Acne

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A common occurrence with acne has to do with an enzyme that is capable of transforming estrogen into androgen testosterone
The sebaceous glands and hair follicles are comprised of an enzyme that is capable of transforming estrogen into androgen testosterone. Basically what happens during the early stages of menopause is increased estrogen levels convert into testosterone. 

This means the glands now produce even more oil which creates more acne breakouts. 


Some ways to help clear up menopause acne…

  • Make sure your diet is high in calcium and fiber.


  • Keep your diet low in fat while cutting back on the amount of carbohydrates consumed. The reason this is important is that carbohydrates convert into insulin that then produce androgens that increase the skin’s oil production.


  • Make sure you are drinking enough water. You drink a minimum of eight glasses of water every day, preferably ten.


  • You might consider using supplements to help fight off acne.


  • There are also many quality herbs, minerals, and vitamins that can help fight off excess oil. Most studies suggest that you should add Vitamin B and Vitamin C to your diet.


  • Clean your skin at least twice a day. Use a good exfoliate and facial cleanser, you can prevent the buildup of bacteria, dead skin cells, and oil that are notorious for creating acne. Follow that by a good toner to help close off the pores and a moisturizer for smooth skin, and you will look amazing, even throughout menopause.

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