When entering menopause, most women are prepared to experience hot flashes, weight gain, or night sweats—not acne. Yet, acne breakouts during menopause occur in about 15.3% of women 50 years old and older.
Acne is frustrating, especially when you thought that breakouts were behind you. Fortunately, you can successfully treat and prevent acne related to menopause.
Why Acne Occurs During Menopause
During menopause, acne is often related to hormonal changes. A woman’s estrogen levels decline, and hormones like testosterone increase. This change in your hormonal balance contributes to changes in the skin, such as increased oil production and larger pores. These changes increase the risk of clogged pores and acne.
Other factors that may contribute to acne later in life include:
- Increased stress
- Products that irritate the skin including cosmetics
- Genetic factors
How to Treat and Prevent Acne During Menopause
You can successfully treat your acne and, ultimately, minimize or prevent future breakouts during menopause. You’ll want an approach that:
- Treats the acne you have using cleansers or topical treatments
- Incorporates supplements to help balance your hormones to prevent future breakouts
Topical Treatments and Cleansers That Treat Your Acne Without Overly Drying Your Skin
When selecting acne-fighting creams or cleansers, it’s essential to choose products that won’t dry out your skin. Many over-the-counter cleansers and topical spot treatments are designed for teens and young adults. These products may be too harsh for your skin, especially since menopause can cause your skin to become drier and thinner.
Look for cleansers and topical ointments that are gentle and designed for dry or sensitive skin, such as creamy cleansers or gentle foaming cleansers. Mild cleansers, like Innate Skin’s Clear Skin AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser, combine vitamins along with acne-fighting ingredients to help clear your skin while improving your skin’s appearance.
Select spot treatment products that contain lower concentrations of active ingredients. Those won’t be as harsh or drying on your skin. Some ingredients to look for include:
- Topical retinoids, which can help reduce inflammation and improve the signs of aging on your skin,
- Salicylic acid, especially if you tend to have blackheads
Benzoyl peroxide is a common ingredient in many acne topical treatments and cleansers. However, adults should use benzoyl peroxide cautiously and only in low strengths, since it can irritate and dry out your skin.
Supplements for Adult Hormonal Acne
Addressing the root of the problem—the hormonal imbalance—can help prevent future acne breakouts. Topical lotions and creams can’t do this, which is why supplements that help with the hormonal imbalance are often recommended.
Since many adults are on medications for health issues, it’s important to find supplements that don’t interfere with other prescriptions. Natural based supplements can be a good option, although you should always talk with your doctor before starting any supplements.
One natural supplement that may help balance the hormonal fluctuations causing menopausal acne is DIM (diindolylmethane). DIM occurs naturally in cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower. It helps balance estrogen receptors, which can help clear and prevent hormonal acne. Many adults notice clearer skin within a few weeks after taking DIM.
By helping to reduce hormone fluctuations, DIM supplements, like Innate Skin’s Acnevites DIM Complex Skin Formula, can also help minimize other common menopause symptoms as well as helping to fight acne.
Natural Solutions Can Help Keep Your Skin Clear During Menopause
Acne at any age is frustrating. Fortunately, some products can help you manage and treat your acne due to menopause without drying out your skin. If your acne is severe, consult your doctor or a specialist for guidance.