It seems counterintuitive that adult acne can occur as hormone levels taper, but acne is actually a common, though temporary, occurrence among women going through menopause.
Menopausal acne is a result of increased levels of progesterone, which stimulates the sebaceous glands to produce excess oil and essentially override estrogen. Additionally, stress stimulates the adrenal glands to make cortisol and an androgen called DHEAS, which also leads to increased sebum production and, as a result, a higher chance of oil buildup in pores.
Many experts believe that those who use hormone replacement therapy are less likely to experience acne during menopause because HRT balances hormones. However, if this is not an option you’re considering or you’re experiencing breakouts nonetheless, there are ways to control your complexion.
Even though your skin may be mature, acne is acne. Most women with mature skin are able to tolerate blemish-fighting ingredients like retinoids, salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide. But when skin is thin and void of moisture, it’s best to use a product that contains retinol, not only to address clogged pores, but also to stimulate collagen production.
Your doctor may also prescribe oral antiobiotics such as minocycline and doxycycline to fight your breakouts.
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