Rosacea usually begins from age 30-60, but hormone fluctuations around perimenopause and menopause can cause a variety of skin irritations and flushing.
If you have hot flashes or night flushing you will be more likely to aggravate any rosacea you do have.
Emotional stress triggered by the hormonal shifts of menopause can also lead to worsening of mild cases of rosacea. Actually using the SSRIs and SNRIs for hot flashes and emotional swings in menopause has been associated with decreased rosacea. So don’t let mood disorders go untreated.
Since the ovaries do produce some prostaglandins the secretion of these compounds can affect blood flow and lead to dilation of any of the vessels on the cheeks.
Hormone therapy in menopause may actually reduce the odds of ever getting rosacea.
Proper diet, sleep, exercise and hormonal balance are all ways to decrease rosacea. Seeing your health care provider for an accurate diagnosis is important, we are accepting new clients at Women’s Health Practice.