Menopause and Your Skin

9 common change-of-life changes, and how to deal with them (11 Photos)

Stacey Colino on Jul 19, 2012 at 10:49PM

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Menopause and Your Skin

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Breakouts are common during menopause, and can even strike women who managed to avoid them as teenagers. At this stage of life, pimples are particularly likely to pop up along the chin and lower part of the face, or even the chest. What to do? You can treat breakouts like you would regular acne and use antibacterial agents such as salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. The trick is to use them in lower concentrations—such as 0.5 percent or 1 percent—than you would have when you were younger, as these ingredients can be drying. Even better: "Retinoids and retinols are especially helpful because they also have anti-aging properties," says Dr. Day.

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