Although acne is predominant in adolescence, it is being increasingly seen in adult life, including the perimenopausal and menopausal period, and anytime there is a hormonal imbalance. Adult acne has conventionally been described as acne presenting in patients beyond 25 years of age.
What is Hormonal Imbalance?
Simply put, hormonal imbalances occur when there is too much or too little of a hormone in the blood. Symptoms depend on which hormone is out of balance. Common symptoms include weight changes, lower libido, difficulty sleeping, unwanted hair growth, and acne just to name a few.
What is Menopause?
Menopause is a process that occurs due to a decline in the female reproductive hormones, estrogen and progesterone. Natural menopause is defined as the permanent cessation of menstruation, confirmed after 12 consecutive months of amenorrhea in the absence of any other pathological cause.
What is Perimenopause?
The transition period that leads up to menopause is known as perimenopause is a period of two to eight years leading up to menopause and one year following final menses.
Recent studies have shown an increasing incidence of adult acne in the perimenopausal and postmenopausal age groups. Lower estrogen levels in the menopausal transition can cause the effect of your androgens to become more pronounced. Hormonal acne may occur in response to hormonal changes, and especially a rise in androgens, such as testosterone.
If you are experiencing the onset of acne as an adult and you are ready to say goodbye to acne, our team at Ageless Beauty Rx can help. You may have struggled with acne for years, and tried everything including topical creams, antibiotics, spironolactone, and maybe even Accutane but have not seen the results you desire. Your treatment at Ageless Beauty Rx will be a more holistic approach that includes a prescribed skin care regimen, acne treatments, and recommendations from our naturopathic physician on staff.