Why do I get acne? What can cause my acne? Red Lotus in Portland, Oregon talks about acne and why it may be affecting you.Read Now
Two reasons for acne are often overlooked: menopause and stress. Both are unavoidable unfortunately but stress can be managed. Apart from the loss of monthly menstruation, a woman at menopause can also experience changes which are mainly due to hormonal imbalances. Progesterone and estrogen hormones are vital for the development of women and therefore a loss of these hormones can mean a gradual change in the body which include menopausal acne or adult female acne. Acne can be caused by hormone swings, which occur extensively in menopause. It is hard for women to regress back to their teenage years of worrying about pimples whilst also struggling to deal with the other symptoms of menopause.
Stress and Acne
Stress is a major cause of the spot epidemic. "Acne is caused by hormonal changes normally onset by puberty," says Prof Chu, "but it's now seen in adults who lead more stressful lives.'' Pharmacist Shabir Daya from online pharmacy Victoria Health agrees. ''Stress stimulates the production of male hormones. The major culprit is dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which increases the production of the skin's natural oil, sebum, clogging the pores.'' The bacteria associated causes acne to thrive in these conditions, feeding on the sebum and irritating the glands, which leads to spots.
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