Menopausal acne is a common concern, triggered by the natural decline in oestrogen levels.
‘When oestrogen levels drop, our ovaries and adrenals will produce more androgen (the male hormone), which is responsible for hormonal acne,’ explains Pam Marshall, clinical aesthetician and co-founder of skincare clinic Mortar & Milk.
The good news is that hormonal acne tends to make itself scarce when you reach the other side of the menopause, but there are plenty of products to help keep it at bay until then. Gone are the astringent washes of our teens – the approach here is more ‘softly, softly’, combining hard-working actives with gentle, fuss-free washes and moisturisers.
WHAT TO TRY
Curél’s Foaming Facial Wash, £12.50, is rich and creamy and leaves skin comfortable, not tight. Follow your cleanser with a night-time dose of Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant, £28. Laced with a potent beta hydroxy acid called salicylic acid, it works on the surface level of your skin as well as deep inside the pores, dissolving dead skin cells to rid skin of bumps and blemishes. For a targeted treatment, Dermalogica Age Bright Spot Fader, £40.50, is the ultimate 2-in-1. Also harnessing salicylic acid to clear breakouts, this goes a step further by using niacinamide (vitamin B3) to even out skin tone and fade marks left behind by breakouts.
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