Just this past week I walked into a treatment room to hear my patient exclaim, “IT’s here!” The ‘IT’ she was talking about is an ’IT’ most women dread as they enter into their golden years – menopause. So what exactly is menopause and why do so many women fear it? More importantly, what are the affects it has on your face?
Menopause is a time of change. In short, it is the time when a woman changes from being in a reproductive stage to a non-reproductive stage. The average age that women start menopause in the U.S. is about 51, but can range from 40-55. During menopause a woman’s ovaries stop producing the high hormone levels that they once were during her reproductive years. Ovulation stops and levels of estrogen and progesterone plummet to all time lows which generally cause the skin problems that plague menopausal women.
“I had acne in high school, and now 40 years later I start breaking out again? How can life be this cruel?” you may ask yourself. But worry not my lovelies – in my opinion women are like fine wine, they get better with age, and this secondary acne breakout is certainly not your first rodeo. The good news is that menopausal acne can be treated the same way adolescent acne is, the better news is that now in the year 2013 we have laser treatments to help kill active bacteria and eliminate the blemishes.