What Causes Menopausal Acne?

    Menopausal acne is similar to teenage acne in that it is caused by sudden spikes in hormone levels. Menopausal women are most likely to develop acne blemishes on or near the chin, jaw and mouth, but pimples can also appear on the chest and back.


    Essential Care for Menopausal Acne

    Always wash gently twice a day with a mild, foamy cleanser (such as Obagi). Washing gently means NO rubbing, scrubbing, scratching, scraping, or picking; also DO NOT use a wash cloth, loofah, or scrubber, nor should you massage your skin. Rinse well with lukewarm water (not hot or cold), and pat skin dry with a clean, soft towel, mindful that too much friction can worsen acne. Avoid over-washing as this can dry your skin as well as irritate it, both of which can increase oil production. 

    If you use concealer or foundation, use a water-based, oil-free product sparingly, and wash it off thoroughly before going to bed. Choose products, including sun protection, whose main ingredients are zinc and titanium dioxide. Moisturize appropriately as dry skin produces excess oil, and this can clog your pores.


    Best Treatments 

    • Skin Rejuvenation Treatments (SRTs) A deep cleansing of the skin, including extractions (safe when performed by a highly trained Skinovator). An SRT will clear your skin of whiteheads and blackheads, unplug hair follicles, help reduce oil production, speed up skin cell turnover, fight bacterial infection, and reduce redness and inflammation.
    • LED Light Therapy Kills bacteria and helps heal the skin post-treatment.
    • Chemical and Cream-based Peels Treat acne scars and smooth out the skin.
    • Microdermabrasion Both in wet and dry forms to smooth the skin. 
    • Laser Resurfacing Addresses acne scars and improves redness, overall tone, and texture.
    • Micro Color Infusion May be used to help camouflage any acne scars that have become hypo pigmented (turned white) due to extreme tissue damage.