Taking Care Of Your Skin During Menopause
Posted On: - 2009-04-23 03:38:58
Menopause is a time of hot flashes and terrible mood swings. And to top it all, there are other problems like adult acne and Rosacea to deal with. It is a time when your hormones are highly imbalanced and you need to put in extra efforts to take care of your skin.
Acne during Menopause
Acne is a very common skin concern during menopausal times. This is because of two prime reasons – Excessive oil production and Cell regeneration.
Excessive Oil Production – Menopause is characterized by hormone fluctuations and decreasing estrogen levels. This causes the skin to become thin and lose its intrinsic elasticity. In addition, the testosterone levels increase which further causes the sebaceous glands to produce more oil. As a result of these excess oil particles, the skin becomes acne prone.
Slow Cell Regeneration – During menopause, the cell regeneration process slows down and as a result, the dead skin cells get accumulated on the surface. These dead skin cells combine with the oil particles and clog the skin pores and can lead to acne.
Acne Care during Menopause
Follow an Anti Acne Skin Care Program
You must already be following a regular skin care regimen but this is the time when you need to concentrate on the acne issues of your skin. Apart from the regular cleanser, toner and moisturizer, include acne skin care products that comprise of powerful acne fighting ingredients like benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid and glycolic acid.
iS Clinical Active Serum
This is a highly concentrated serum that controls acne, corrects pigmentation issues and improves the skins texture. It is ideal for women surviving menopause because of its anti-aging and anti-acne benefits. It not only reduces the wrinkles and fine lines but also corrects hyperpigmentation. You can feel a cool tingling sensation immediately after application as the serum begins to work. It is suitable for normal as well as oily skin but not for sensitive skin.
iS Clinical Pro-Heal Serum
It is a breakthrough formula that comprises of Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Vitamin A along with potent antioxidants and olive leaf extracts. It controls acne inflammations and breakouts and improves the skin integrity in addition to enhancing skin texture. It also protects against the UV radiation of the sun. It also has 0.5% kojic acid that corrects skin pigmentation and zinc sulfate to help reduce inflammations.
Use Retinoid & Retinol Based Skin Care Products
Retinoids are derivatives of Vitamin A that reduce the appearance of aging signs like wrinkles and fine lines and treat adult acne. Tretinoin or Tazarotene are two popular forms of retinoids that can are used in skin care products.
Retinol is another powerful anti-aging ingredient that helps to treat the various signs of aging and stimulate collagen synthesis. Since it is gentler than retinoids, women with sensitive skin should use retinol products before they try using retinoids.
The iS Clinical Pro Heal Serum contains retinol and works wonderfully against acne as well as combating the signs of aging.
Use Non-Comedogenic & Non-Acneic Products
Always make sure that the skin care products that you use are labeled 'non-comedogenic' and 'non-acneic'. Non-comedogenic skin care products are the ones that do not clog the skin pores while the non-acneic products are those that don't acne breakouts and inflammations.
Don't Touch you Pimples
Acne pimples get aggravated when you touch them. This is because you end up transferring the dirt of your fingers to the inflammations and deteriorate the condition further. Also, if you attempt to squeeze your blemishes you can end up pushing the bacteria further inside the skin and cause scarring and infections.
Protect the Skin against the Sun
Acne skin care products generally contain ingredients that increase the skin sensitivity towards sun exposure and cause sunburns. Therefore, it is very important to protect your skin against sunlight when you are out. Use a broad spectrum sunscreen that protects the skin against UVA as well as UVB rays of the sun.
Innovative Skincare SPF 25 Treatent Sunscreen
This sunscreen provides broad-spectrum protection against the UVA and UVB rays of the sun and repairs sun damage thereby reducing skin redness and painful inflammation. It is suitable for all skin types including oily, acneic, and Rosacea.
Obagi C-Sunguard SPF 30
This is a special sunscreen formulation that contains ultra-sheer Z-Cote, an effective barrier that provides superior protection against the UVA as well as the UVB rays of the sun that are responsible for premature aging of the skin.
Dr. Marilynn Syrett is a graduate from Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine Of The Pacific and has a keen understanding of skin care products and acne treatments, their work process and effectiveness. She has affiliations with The Collaborative on Health and the Environment and the Teleosis Institute – Health Professionals in Service of the Global Environment