Why am I getting spots in my 50s?
The changes in your hormones during and round menopause can lead to changes in your skin. For some women, that means skin gets more dry. For others, it might mean they experience oily patches. The result can be skin breakouts or menopausal acne. It’s mostly down to a drop in oestrogen levels or an increase in androgen hormones like testosterone.
How do I stop menopausal acne?
The treatment for menopausal acne is not wildly different to the advice you were given as a teenager (as irony would have it).
- Wash your skin twice daily, don’t use overly stringent products, and some suggest using a cleanser that contains salicylic acid.
- Try not to scratch, pick, touch or generally antagonise spots.
- Avoid tanning or too much sun exposure and wear sunscreen, but make sure you wash it off properly in the evening.
- Wash cosmetics brushes after use and try to use products like concealer by applying them with your finger or a brush rather than directly.
- A healthy diet and exercise should also help.
- Hormonal treatments for menopause can also help.