Skin Changes During Menopause: Exploring Menopausal Acne

What Causes Menopausal Acne and Menopausal Dry Skin?

If you’re a woman between the ages of 45 and 55, you may be experiencing the ups and downs of menopause. Research studies have shown that up to 85% of all women will undergo hormonal symptoms, including menopausal acne and menopausal dry skin, during this period in their lives.

The skin care products we used during our earlier years are no longer sufficient to address the hormonal changes that impact our skin. But there’s no reason to resign yourself to menopause skin breakouts and dryness! Natural skin care ingredients and lifestyle changes may be able to help you  care for your skin as it changes.

Causes and Prevention Tips for Menopausal Acne

The hormonal changes taking place during your 40s and 50s can make your skin go haywire, and the appearance of adult acne can be a frustrating experience. Menopausal acne typically forms on your jawline and the lower part of your cheeks and manifests as pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads.

There are two contributing factors to these menopause-related skin breakouts. The first is biological, and the second is behavioral — which means you have some influence!

Decreased estrogen: Your levels of estrogen decrease significantly during menopause. This decrease upsets the balance between your hormones, which can result in adult acne.

Stress and Lifestyle: While we can’t stop the decrease of estrogen, we can reduce stress levels and make lifestyle choices to keep our skin healthy.

  • Learn to reduce stress through practices such as yoga and meditation
  • Get 8 hours of quality sleep
  • Stay hydrated by drinking water and herbal teas
  • Eat a well-balanced, plant-centric diet
  • Use sunscreen and wear a hat outside
  • Keep your skin moisturized — trade in harsh ingredients for natural ones

Reveal Exfoliating Foam Facial Wash with water droplets

If you’re looking to incorporate more natural ingredients into your skin care routine for acne-prone skin, Ayr Skin Care may be able to help. All of our skin care products are formulated with vegan, cruelty-free ingredients that are gentle on mature, sensitive, or dry skin. Some of our favorites for acne prevention include:

  • Calm Facial Bar — This vegan bar soap can be used all over your face and body to help purify, tone, and firm your skin. The lather works into your pores, clearing away that could potentially lead to breakouts and acne flare-ups.
  • Reveal Gentle Exfoliating Foam Facial Wash— If bar soap isn’t really your thing, this gentle cleanser also works to unclog pores and remove toxins, all while providing a light exfoliating effect. To avoid over-exfoliating (especially for those of us with dry skin), we recommend using it only twice a week for best results.

Causes and Prevention Tips for Menopausal Dry Skin

During menopause, your skin loses the ability to retain water and can become dry. Chronically dry skin can result in an over-activating the oil glands, which can contribute to buildup and potential breakouts

You may be able to reduce the appearance of dry skin by:

  • Washing with a mild facial cleanser
  • Applying moisturizer immediately after bathing and whenever your skin feels tight or dry
  • Using essential oils like our Serenity Blue Tansy Facial Oil, which is designed to balance sebum production, boost collagen production, and enhance hydration without clogging pores
  • Locking in moisture using a night cream — our Restore Replenishing Night Cream, in particular, uses a 72-hour hydration system to keep moisture where it’s needed for longer

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As Life Changes, So Should Your Skin Care Routine

Ayr Skin Care was created with mature skin in mind, and we work tirelessly to develop products that keep mature, menopausal skin healthy and nourished. All of our products are made without harsh ingredients such as alcohol, parabens, or synthetics, and our vegan formulations avoid soy, gluten, and artificial perfumes or colors.

Need help developing a skin care routine for your menopausal skin*? Reach out today for personalized guidance. We’ll be happy to help!

Kirsten, xx

*Please note that the content of this blog, and any advice contained herein, are for general informational purposes only and are not intended to be a substitute for medical advice. Information in this blog has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration, and it is always recommended to consult your healthcare provider before starting a new skin care routine.

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