Menopause means a lot of changes for most women. It means changes in the menstrual cycle, body temperature, weight, and hair. Many women also see changes in the appearance and quality of their skin, too. All of these changes are brought on by fluctuating and declining hormones, but when it comes to differences in skin quality, depleted estrogen is the root cause.
When estrogen declines, testosterone becomes dominant. When this occurs, the body produces more sebum; an oily, waxy substance that is made in the sebaceous glands, which are responsible for lubricated the skin and hair. This overproduction gives the skin an oily appearance, and in many women causes blemishes and acne. According to the American Association of Dermatology, 54 percent of menopausal women struggle with the onset of acne during middle age. Acne causes many women to feel self-conscious, and some individuals even avoid social situations or relationships because of the condition of their skin.
Increased facial hair is another consequence of testosterone dominance. During menopause, many women experience thicker, darker facial hair that develops around the chin area and along the jaw line. Increased facial hair often evokes feelings of embarrassment and self-consciousness, and is a source of frustration for many women.