Menopause and Spots: The Link
Menopause and spots can go hand-in-hand for many women, but why? Surely acne breakouts are more of a teenage concern?
Not necessarily - they can also affect women in midlife, around the time of the menopause, and particularly at the start of perimenopause, which is when symptoms first begin to occur.
Is adult-onset acne always the result of menopause or can lifestyle factors be behind it too? Let’s find out.
Why Can the Menopause Cause Spots?
Breakouts of spots are typically associated with teenagers because they go through such significant hormonal changes, which can have a big impact on their skin.
Similarly, the changes in hormonal balance that you go through around the time of menopause can affect your skin, potentially making it more oily and prone to breakouts of spots. Even if you didn’t have acne as a teen, you could experience menopausal acne.
If you’re struggling with your metabolism in menopause and are eating more fatty foods to try to fill yourself up, this could be having an effect on your skin, making spots more likely too.
For the majority of women with menopausal acne, it’s most probable that the decline in their oestrogen levels that makes levels of androgens in their body - such as testosterone - more dominant is causing their greasier skin.
Not all menopausal women will experience oilier skin, as some actually find theirs becoming more dry, thin and wrinkly as their oestrogen levels drop, as this can affect natural collagen production.
This can make skin more sensitive to the sun and consequently another type of spots - age spots. Therefore, it’s essential to take extra precautions against sun damage at this time of life.
For some women, other common menopause symptoms, such as increased feelings of stress and anxiety, can lead to a breakout of spots, with this menopausal acne most likely to appear on the face, chest and back.
Additionally, if you’re taking HRT to try to manage your symptoms, spots could be an unwelcome side effect, so you may want to try a more natural alternative, like the menopause supplements that we stock, instead.
How to Treat Menopausal Acne
Natural skincare products that are designed to exfoliate and cleanse skin are important for helping to keep it clear and free from excess oil, and looking for menopause products that contain natural ingredients could also help you with this.
The Femarelle® supplements that we stock contain DT56a, which is derived from soy and can mimic the effects of your own natural oestrogen supply, addressing your hormonal imbalance. This can help you to get a whole host of symptoms associated with menopause in check, from hot flushes to mood swings and from vaginal dryness to increased feelings of stress.
Assessing your diet to make sure you’re not eating too many fatty foods that could be making your skin extra greasy could also help you with treating menopausal acne, as could taking steps to reduce your stress or anxiety levels, such as practicing mindfulness.
Ultimately, it’s most important to try to rebalance your hormonal levels in a natural way, so you can continue to feel like the best version of yourself.