Acne Awareness Month: Menopausal Acne

June is Acne Awareness Month. Menopausal acne is incredibly common, but not discussed as widely as teenage acne. Let’s find out more.

believe in skincare: menopausal acne

June is Acne Awareness Month. While teenage acne is always a topic, hormonal acne as a teenager is part of growing up. The bad news is breakouts during perimenopause is also incredibly common. This can be a very hard thing to come to terms with as a grown woman!

What Causes Menopausal Acne?

Menopausal acne is seen in around 25% of women in their 40s, and (at a slightly lower rate) around 15% of women in their 50s. As oestrogen levels drop during peri-menopause, testosterone levels remain consistent.  So they are higher than oestrogen levels for the first time. This imbalance in hormone levels results in increased sebum production which can clog pores and cause acne.


Menopausal acne often appears as deep bumps around the jawline and lower face. This is because this is where the greatest number of androgen receptors are. Other menopause symptoms can also increase the chances of acne developing. Symptoms can be quite stressful and stress can exacerbate the development of acne. It can also be more challenging to treat due to the skin’s age and ability to regenerate. Skin texture changes anyway during menopause – it can be prone to dryness or irritation. 

Lifestyle & Diet

To maintain healthy skin when experiencing menopausal acne, it is important to manage stress. Consider techniques like exercise (yoga is great) and meditation. You should also eat clean (avoid processed food) – and aim to reduce sugar and dairy intake. There are also effective skin treatments to help menopausal acne breakouts. 


SkinBase Microdermabrasion is an excellent treatment choice for menopausal acne. The reduction in oestrogen levels that happens during menopause results in a reduction in cell turnover. This leftover dead skin can contribute to acne. 

MD is the perfect treatment to tackle menopausal acne and a course is the best option for long-lasting results. MD unclogs pores and exfoliates the dead skin away to reveal fresh, healthy skin… so you can kiss goodbye to menopausal acne once and for all.