October 02, 2018
To understand menopausal acne, we have to better understand hormonal acne so let’s take a closer look at some key fundamentals. Hormonal acne is nothing more than acne that is caused by hormone fluctuations. Hormones, as we all know, can be fierce. This type of acne can strike at any age and is more commonly seen in women. Reasons for this include menstruation and menopause to name a few.
Hormonal acne affects about 25 percent of women ages 40 to 49 and acts differently according to age. For instance, during puberty, this type of acne generally shows up in the T Zone, which includes the forehead, nose and chin. Adults with this type of acne are more likely to be affected in the lower part of the face including the jawline and bottom portion of their cheeks.
Hormone fluctuations may agitate acne issues by increasing overall skin inflammation, oil (sebum) production in the pores and production of acne-causing bacteria which is known medically as Propionibacterium acnes.
Women in their 40s and 50s begin to experience menopause. Menopause is a natural decline in reproductive hormones which ends menstruation. During this time, it is not uncommon for some women to experience acne due to the drop of estrogen or an increase in androgen hormones such as testosterone.
In almost all cases prescription medicine can clear up acne due to menopause. However, we will be taking a closer look at natural remedies that have the ability to clear up many cases.
Green Tea is known for naturally lowering inflammation throughout the body. One might consider drinking a few cups of tea a day in addition to their daily skincare routine. Skincare products containing at least 2 percent green tea extract may be beneficial as well.
It’s all about the tea. Tea Tree Oil is another natural remedy that packs a powerful punch. One study found that 5 percent topical tea tree oil relieved symptoms of mild to moderate acne. Tea tree essential oil can be used as a spot treatment as well.
It is important to note that you should always dilute tea tree essential oil with a carrier oil before using as treatment. Carrier oils include jojoba, olive and coconut. You will want to add about 12 drops of carrier oil to everyone to two drops of essential oil. It’s also wise to do a skin patch test before using the oil to make sure you experience no major irritations.
Aloe Vera is another one of nature’s gifts. This medicinal plant is an antibacterial and anti-inflammation agent that prevents reddening of the skin. Apply affected areas with Aloe Vera gel for about 10 minutes then wash away for best results.
Lemon is one of the most popular fruits used to treat skin. Lemon contains large amounts of powerful Vitamin C which can nourish all skin types. It’s acidic nature allows it to remove dead cells and brighten dull skin. Apply lemon juice acid to pimples and let dry for 15 minutes. Cleanse and moisturize.
In conclusion, there are many ways to treat hormonal and menopausal acne. Both by traditional medicine and natural remedies and both work, however, the traditional route usually touts undesired side effects. With that said, everybody is different. There is no one size fits all solution. Research your options and know what all is out there. Before running to the doctor, you may find that a natural, safer solution is sitting on your countertop.
Healthline. 2017. Hormonal Acne: Traditional Treatments, Natural Remedies, and More. Published April 14, 2017. https://www.healthline.com/health/beauty-skin-care/hormonal-acne#menopausal-acne
Aging Gracefully. 2015. How to Get Rid of Menopausal Acne: 5 Natural Cleansers. Published October 29, 2015. https://www.menopausegoddessblog.com/2015/10/how-to-get-rid-of-menopausal-acne-5-natural-cleansers/
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