You may have thought acne was a thing of the past; a phase to be forgotten along with middle school crushes and teenage drama. If acne has made a comeback during your menopausal years, your hormones may be to blame, once again.
When menopause hits, it can play games with your hormones, causing you to produce too much of one or not enough of another. Female menopausal acne can be the result of too little estrogen, too much testosterone, or a mixture of the two. If you've decided that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is not for you, there are natural ways to fight this menopausal symptom. Keep reading to find out how.
Wash your face often. This may sound like common sense, but it's so important that it's still worth mentioning. Other menopausal symptoms like hot flashes can cause you to sweat more than usual and add to the buildup of oil and bacteria that your glands secrete anyway. Wash your face at least twice a day, maybe even more if you sweat a lot or have oily skin. Use a gentle facial cleanser instead of a harsh soap.
Use a toner. This will give your skin extra help in fighting bacteria. A good natural toner is witch hazel; simply apply some to a cotton ball and massage your face with it. Make sure to avoid the eye area.
Moisturize. One of the biggest mistakes women with acne make is to assume they don't have to moisturize. Even if you have naturally oily or combination skin, you should still moisturize with a skin cream or lotion. If you skip this step, your pores will try to overcompensate for the dryness by excreting excess oil. After washing your face and cleansing with toner, be sure to use an oil-free moisturizer.
Eat organic. There are hormones in the pesticides that farmers use to grow produce and raise cattle. If you eat a diet that includes organic fruits and vegetables and hormone-free meats you will help bring your body's hormones back into balance.
Limit your intake of dairy. The milk yielded from pregnant cows contains substances that are precursors to testosterone. This means that when you eat or drink dairy products, your body alters these substances to produce the androgen. This could result in higher than normal levels of testosterone in your body.
Avoid the sun. Along with its many other damaging effects, tanning can cause your skin to produce more oil, which can contribute to acne. Make sure to use a gentle sunscreen with SPF 15, at least.
Too much testosterone can cause problems like acne and hair loss, but this hormone, in reasonable amounts, is essential for female function. Click on the following link to find out the role and effects of testosterone.