It’s largely recognised that hormones are one of the prevailing factors which can affect acne, and although most of us associate acne with teenages and the changes in hormones which happen around puberty, a lot of people don’t realise that the hormone changes associated with menopause can have a similar effect. Dealing with adult acne can be difficult, so we thought we’d take a look at some of the products you should be using to take back control of your skin.
If your skin is congested and you’re dealing with a particularly bad breakout, it can make you feel as though you want to go into hibernation. However, using this overnight treatment can banish blemishes, stop more spots from forming before they’ve even appeared and actually kill the bacteria responsible for spots. It’s perfect for acne-prone skin and even helps the skin to speed up the healing process.
One of the reasons that menopausal skin becomes prone to spots is that the depletion of hormones can make it much more sensitive and susceptible to irritation, which promotes bacteria build-up in the follicles. This cream from Elemis was specifially designed to calm sensitised skin, reduce redness and limit the appearance of blemishes.
Many menopausal women find that their skin suddenly becomes much more oily, which can be unfortunate if your skin has also started to thin as the combination can be very ageing. Using this lotion from Dermalogica helps to control oil production because of the microsponges which literally mop up the oil as fast as your skin can produce it. It also helps to limit oil production from overactive sebum glands.
We often hear menopausal women describing their body as being “out of balance” – things which used to happen now don’t and this is even true of the skin because of the effect of hormone imbalance. This mask from Elemis repairs the skin and maintains balance using calming lavender to soothe areas of irritation and decongest and heal blemished skin.
Clay is an amazing ingredient for purifying the skin, and it’s especially good for oily or spot prone skin because it will literally soak up excess sebum. Salicylic acid exfoliates dead skin cells and clears congested follicles to minimise development of future comedones and breakouts, while kaolin and bentonite clays absorb excess oil.