Menopausal Acne

When you hear the word acne, does the image of a teenager instantly come to mind? Breakouts can occur at any age especially when our hormones are thrown off balance. Menopausal acne (or hormonal acne) is an unfortunate result of our unpredictable hormones. As the name indicates, this type of acne occurs during a womans menopausal years (typically between the ages of 45- and 60-years-old).

To understand menopausal acne, we must first understand what essentially happens under our skin. We all know that when new skin cells grow, old ones must die. Unfortunately some hormones - including testosterone and DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) - cause the oil glands to produce an excess quantity of sebum. Menopausal and post-menopausal women experience a dramatic decrease in estrogen levels, and an increase in testosterone. This causes the skin glands to produce more oil than they usually do, and as a result, more acne breakouts occur.

Menopause is a stage of rapid changing in a womans life. In addition to all the uncomfortable emotions caused by menopause, the sudden appearance of acne can add to your frustration.

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