Can menopause cause acne? Today, we will talk about the skin changes in menopause that can contribute to acne.
When you go through the change of life, and your hormones start to decline, you may notice some changes in your skin.
Besides wrinkles, you may notice a flare-up of menopausal acne, which might involve pimples, blackheads, or pustules. As estrogen declines in menopause, testosterone becomes more unbound and is free to feed acne vulgaris bacteria on the skin. The acne vulgaris bacteria is what causes the pustules, pimples, redness, and inflammation.
If you are already prone to acne, you’re more likely to have some breakouts during menopause.
This is more common in the perimenopausal period than in the postmenopausal period. Also, as you move through menopause, you’ll start to notice your pores getting wider. As your pores become more pronounced, they collect debris more easily, and dead skin, dirt, and oil can build up. This leads to blackheads. Your pores widen for the same reason that you get wrinkles. Your estrogen is falling, so collagen and elastin are being produced in lesser amounts, affecting the tightness of your pores.
On the other hand, some women notice less acne by the time they’re in menopause because low levels of estrogen can dry out your skin. If you were prone to acne when you were younger, you may notice that your skin actually is better in menopause than it was during your reproductive years.
I get a lot of questions about the symptoms of menopause, especially the more uncommon symptoms. Symptoms such as these changes in your skin.
I address all of these symptoms in our hormone support group. If you’re interested in joining us, please sign up for our Hormone Reboot Training. This is the best way to get your questions answered about what’s going on in menopause.
If you choose to support your hypothalamus with Genesis Gold®, you’ll find that your skin is a lot healthier, more supple, and with far less breakouts.
Research Reference: Menopause and the Human Hypothalamus: Evidence for the Role of Kisspeptin/Neurokinin B Neurons in the Regulation of Estrogen Negative Feedback, Hypothalamic regulation of pituitary secretion of luteinizing hormone—II feedback control of gonadotropin secretion.