Can menopause affect my skin? I seem to be breaking out for the first time since I was a teenager.

 Can menopause affect my skin?

Madelyn Fernstrom, Ph.D.

Madelyn Fernstrom, Ph.D.

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The answer is a resounding "Yes"!

During perimenopause (the roughly 5 – 7 years prior to the end of periods for one year, which is called menopause), many women experience breaks outs. With major hormonal shifts – at the start of the childbearing years (puberty) and the end of the childbearing years (perimenopause) – blemishes return. Remain patient. When your hormone levels stabilize, the breaks outs should clear up.