Acne Is Not Exclusive To Teenagers

midlife acne

If you were one of the lucky teenagers that never had to deal with acne and the multitude of products on the market that (supposedly) helped fight its symptoms, that does not necessarily mean that you will be equally as lucky in your 40s. Midlife acne is real and affects 12% of females between the ages of 50 and 40 years old, and 26% of women between the ages of 40 and 31 years old.

What starts out as a couple of sensitive areas on your neck and chin can soon become a full-blown acne breakout. Before you know it, you’re spending excessive amounts of time, energy, and money doing everything in your power to prevent more breakouts and deal with current ones. Making sure that your skin is as clean as possible will help, but we need to take a closer look at exactly what’s going on here and how to fight midlife acne.

Breakouts During Menopause Or After Childbirth

Once again, not having suffered acne as a teenager does not mean that you will be safe from the effects of midlife acne. Women “of a certain age” or women after childbirth seem to be more prone to this condition. Sadly, not all doctors take this condition seriously so that if you do decide to refer to a physician about your new skin affliction, find one who is familiar with midlife acne and knows how to treat it. Dealing with aging skin was already hard enough without now having to worry about acne, but the reality is that you may well be included in the increasing number of women affected by midlife acne breakouts.

What Does Hormonal Imbalance Have To Do with This Skin Condition?

As is the case with teenagers who are going through all sorts of hormonal changes and imbalances, this kind of acne may be affected by the hormonal imbalances suffered by many middle-aged women. Even with the research that has been done, and aside from genetic predisposition, there aren’t a lot of satisfactory answers as to why midlife acne sufferers are on the rise – though fluctuating hormones do seem to have everything to do with it.

One possible influence may be from the use of a contraceptive that is progesterone-releasing. But other contraceptive methods, which tend to leave skin clearer, may come with increased risk of blood clot or stroke. This doesn’t leave a lot of options.

Then there is the stress that comes along with middle age. An inflammatory stress hormone known as cortisol can wreak havoc on the production of oil in your skin. And excessive oil can mean active breakouts.

What Can Be Done to Cure Midlife Acne?

As mentioned earlier, making sure that your skin is as clean as possible is a big step in the right direction. And since certain types of contraception are detrimental to your skin condition, check with your dermatologist and/or gynecologist to see what some skin-healthy options might be. There are many topical creams on the market which are available without a prescription – check online for reviews to see which have had the most success. Of course watching your diet certainly never hurt – and that applies to a multitude of things.

Speaking of diet, there are some supplements on the market that may be useful as well. For better skin quality in general and possibly even helpful in the fight against acne are vitamins E and A and Zinc.

In addition to keeping your face clean, keep things that come in contact with your face clean as well. Wiping down the surface of your phone will help keep germs off of your face. Keep your dirty hands away from your face as much as possible, too.

Even the hardest fought battle against midlife acne won’t always be a winning one. Inevitably, some scarring is likely to occur, albeit (hopefully) only temporary. To lessen scarring, try not to bother breakouts by popping pimples or touching blemishes – particularly if the skin breaks. When it comes to dealing with scars left behind by acne, Skintrium has a multitude of products that lighten skin and can help reduce spots, blemishes, and scars.