Women’s Health Week: 4 Common Skin Concerns

During Women’s Health Week, learn about common skin concerns that women face. From acne to pigmentation, explore causes and solutions.

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Women’s Health Week takes place between May 12th and May 18th in 2024. Let’s take a look at 4 common skin concerns that women face. 

Women’s Health Week: Adult Acne

Studies suggest women in all age groups above 20 are more likely to have adult acne than men due to hormonal disturbances. Potential causes are the menstrual cycle, pregnancy, and contraceptives. It is also particularly common in peri-menopausal women. 

During Women’s Health Week, it is useful to discuss acne mapping and potential causes of acne. Hormonal acne commonly occurs around the jawline, chin and upper neck – particularly during menstruation or pregnancy. Acne on the cheeks is often due to external factors. It could be a dirty pillowcase, a mobile phone screen or even a pair of glasses. Acne along the hairline can be caused by oily hair products and makeup collecting in the hair.  

Find out more about acne types, causes and treatments in the Acne Hub.

Rosacea

Rosacea is more common in women than men, so it is a great topic to delve into during Women’s Health Week. This skin condition is particularly common in women over 30 with a family history of rosacea. Symptoms may show up on the skin as blushing across the nose, cheeks and/or forehead. It also causes a warm feeling across the face, and burning or stinging when using water or skincare. The cause of rosacea is unknown, but potential triggers include: 

  • Extreme temperatures (sunshine or wind)
  • Hot food and drinks, spicy foods & alcohol
  • Emotional stress, exercise and some cosmetics products. 

Find out more about rosacea types, causes and treatments in the Rosacea Hub.

Women’s Health Week: Pigmentation

Melasma is a common form of pigmentation, which often occurs during pregnancy. As a result, it is also known as ‘the mask of pregnancy. Melasma may appear as irregular patches of brown and brown-grey pigmentation. It looks similar to freckles or large blotches and is usually found on the forehead and upper lip. 50-70% of women experience melasma during pregnancy, and it usually begins during the 2nd or 3rd trimester. Most cases of melasma fade after delivery – and it can be treated with SkinBase Microdermabrasion if not. 

Find out more about rosacea types, causes and treatments in the Pigmentation Skin Concerns Hub.

Stretch Marks

Stretch marks are also a common skin complaint for women, particularly during or after pregnancy. These marks appear as indented streaks, often on the stomach, arms and upper thighs. They can be pink, red, black, blue or purple. Stretch marks are harmless and often fade over time to a silvery appearance. They don’t need treatment unless you want to speed up the process. 

Find out more about the causes of stretch marks and potential treatments in the Stretch Marks Hub