Menopausal acne usually starts around age 50 but can start as early as your 40's. It occurs when the ovaries slow their production of estrogen and progesterone leading to a hormonal imbalance. Breakouts occur around the chin and jawline, often as painful cysts.
Over 90% of acne treatments in the market use benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid which are unlikely to have the strength to stop menopausal acne.
These ingredients frequently cause dryness and irritation.
So what is more effective?
Looking at the playbook which dermatologists use to treat acne, retinoids are the dermatologist's first choice for treatment followed by AZA.
Combining both retinol + AZA as a pair to attack acne from multiple fronts will help to stop even the most stubborn menopausal acne. It works by simultaneously flattening existing pimples while making it harder for future clogs to form.
These two ingredients working together are more gentle on the skin since they balance each other out.
Retinol - The Gold Standard
Retinol (a gentler variant of retinoids) is a derivative of vitamin A which is common in carrots, eggs and sweet potatoes.
"Retinol is the absolute backbone of an acne treatment since they treat acne by de-clogging pores. They also work to normalize skin cell turnover and act as an anti-inflammatory. Furthermore, have been proven to improve skin discoloration and texture and, therefore, restore the skin from prior outbreaks," - Melissa Levin, MD².
The benefits of retinol are numerous:
1. Perpetually Unclogs Your Pores
Retinol flushes out dead skin and flushes out clogs trapped inside your pores. When your pores are unclogged, pimples and blackheads rarely form.
The gentle exfoliation also leaves your skin fresh and decongested.
2. Reduces the Appearance of Acne Scars
Retinol stimulates new skin cell growth, so it will give your skin a smoother and more even texture. This can make superficial acne marks less obvious.
For red acne marks and inflammation, dermatologists use a combination of retinol + AZA. This powerful combination can flatten existing pimples and reduce future breakouts simultaneously.
3. Reduces Fine Lines & Wrinkles
The benefits of retinol go beyond just acne. It's also a popular anti-aging ingredient.
It stimulates the skins production of collagen to fill in the look of scars, fine lines and wrinkles and makes the complexion brighter and smoother.
If you have menopausal acne, retinol is your primary ingredient to fight acne and to slow the aging process.
AZA - The Unsung Hero?
It’s a mystery why some great skincare ingredients fly under the radar, despite plenty of research proving them worthy of your attention. AZA is one of those ingredients!
AZA is very helpful in flattening existing pimples and diminishing the appearance post-acne marks³.
It also reduces skin sensitivity and improves skin texture⁴. In short, AZA is an ingredient you need.
Meet Clear Out - Effective, Gentle Solution for Clear Skin
Most acne products only have a SINGLE active ingredient. However, to maximize effectiveness and minimize irritation, Clearly Basics spent years formulating Clear Out so that it contains BOTH retinol + AZA.
This unique formulation is a deadly combination that flattens active pimples and reduces future breakouts.
98% of people who use the Clear Out see significant improvements. If you don't see a noticeable improvement after using your first bottle of Clear Out, you can get a full refund through Clearly's moneyback guarantee.