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Is Acne Normal Around Menopause?

Menopausal Acne: Is It a Common Concern?
October 19, 2023

Yes, acne is not only an occurrence in teenage and adolescence, but can also be a common occurrence during menopause. 

Our body maintains a balance between male and female hormones which tips more towards the female side before menopause. But as the female hormone estrogen decreases towards menopause, it causes an apparent increase in the male hormones, or androgens such as testosterone. Androgens can stimulate the sebaceous glands in the skin, leading to increased oil production. The excess oil can clog the pores, which may contribute to the development of acne or the worsening of preexisting acne.

Additionally, menopausal women may experience other skin changes such as dryness and thinning. These changes, combined with hormonal fluctuations, can make the skin more vulnerable to breakouts and other skin issues.

If you're experiencing acne during menopause, it's advisable to consult a dermatologist or healthcare professional who can provide personalised advice and treatment options. They can help you manage your acne and address any other concerns related to your skin health during this stage of life.