Top Tips For Menopause Acne
My friend Karen had always taken care of her skin. You know the kind of thing. Used good quality products, drank lots of water, NEVER went to bed without taking off her make-up. I mean, she did everything right.
But one morning, she called to say that she noticed a few pimples on her chin, the next day a few more appeared and then a few more, until her forehead, nose and chin, had erupted in blackheads and pus filled spots. I have to say that on inspection, her face did look pretty bad. Mind you, the dark circles around her eyes that were caused by her constant crying and lack of sleep wasn`t helping.
She came to me for help, as I used to work in the beauty industry and so she knew that I would have a good idea of what was going on. I did and now I would like to pass on what I told her:
It is important to understand how menopause acne occurs in the first place.
Our skin is made up of sebaceous glands and they are responsible for producing sebum – which is a type of oil. In order for new skin cells to grow, the old ones must die. So far so good, but, due to the oil and dead skin cells sitting on the surface of the skin, the hair follicles become clogged up and this causes the dreaded acne.
If you suffer from whiteheads, they are only spots which contain white puss and are caused when the bacteria which lives off the oil of the skin, plus the oil itself, gets trapped. A blackhead is formed in a similar way, except, they open partially causing the mass to turn black from the exposure to melanin.
During the early stages of menopause, estrogen levels increase. This then converts into testosterone, meaning now the glands can produce even more oil that can cause even more breakouts.
So now we know the reasons why menopausal acne occurs, what can be done to treat it?
Quite a lot actually and here is my top six remedies:
- Practice relaxation techniques. May seem strange but acne can be extremely upsetting, especially at a time when your confidence and self-esteem may be low anyhow. Fortunately, by taking action to sort out your hormone levels and by reducing stress and anxiety, you will be able to manage breakouts more effectively.
- Ensure that your diet has adequate quantities of calcium and fibrr and also keep the amount of fat and sugar to a sensible level. Carbohydrates convert into insulin, which in turn produce androgens that increase the skin’s oil production.
- Make sure you drink plenty of still water.
- Exfoliate twice a week using a gentle exfoliator. This way you can help slough off the dead skin cells and oil that are notorious for encouraging acne. Be careful that you don`t scrub too vigorously or you may end up over stimulating the oil glands and that will just exacerbate the problem. Acne is not caused by poor hygiene and cleansing your skin more than twice daily will not be of any benefit. Finish off with a gentle toner and moisturiser.
- If you try all of the above and you are still suffering from menopausal acne, you may wish to try a product that contains retinol to help unblock clogged pores.