All You Need To Know About Adult Acne
All You Need To Know About Adult Acne
There’s nothing more disappointing than waiting until your 20s to finally have clear skin, and then learning the hard way that bad breakouts don’t necessarily end when your teenage years do. Coming to terms with adult acne is difficult—but be rest assured, you’re not the only grown woman dealing with zits.
Put it this way: It is so common that pimples are meeting wrinkles, dermatologist tells, For the last 10 to 20 years, adult acne has been increasing. It can even go into your 50s, right to menopause. If you had acne as a teen, chances are, you’ve got oily skin that’s prone to breakouts. But even if you didn’t, it’s still possible you’ll end up with adult acne.
Even though the outlook seems scary, knowing what’s causing your complexion woes can help you clear up your skin and keep breakouts at bay.
1. Your hormones may be to blame.
Fluctuation in hormones, such as before one’s menstrual cycle, is the main cause, explains dermatologist. Specifically, androgens (male hormones) like testosterone. This usually rears its ugly head in the form of deep (painful) cystic acne around the chin, neck, and back.
2. Stress can be an extra (and very influential) driving force.
Another source of hormonal changes: Stress. Whether you work full time, are a full-time mom, or juggle both, chances are, your stress levels are high. When you’re stressed, you have an organ called the adrenal gland that makes the stress hormone cortisol, and puts it out into the body to help the body deal with stress. Unfortunately, a tiny bit of testosterone leaks out with it. For a woman, this male hormone can drive the oil glands to produce more oil—the root cause of breakouts.
3. Pollution isn’t helping your case either.
Air pollution just puts this layer of crap on your face. Especially if you live in a city. Go walk around outside for a half hour, When you come home, wipe your face with a toner pad or face wipe, and see what color it is. Warning: You’re not going to like what you see.
4. You may be using the wrong products.
If you have oily or combination skin and are prone to breakouts, you should be using skin-care products labeled “oil-free,” “non-comedogenic,” or “water-based. Just one of these will ensure that the lotion you’re slathering on isn’t going to clog your pores and make matters worse. Try a gel-based moisturizer.
5. You’re cleansing too frequently and intensely.
Over washing your face can make acne worse, cleansing more than twice a day is too much and can just dry out skin, which can cause [it] to produce more oil to overcompensate. Your Clarisonic addiction may not be helping either. It helps remove all makeup and helps your cleanser work better, but I worry about the coarse ones. It’s almost like giving yourself microdermabrasion twice a day, which can cause a breakout, anything that rubs skin will, to a small extent, promote acne. That includes a grainy or gritty cleanser, too.
6. Specific foods may or may not have an effect—
We’ve all heard the foods that allegedly cause acne—chocolate, processed foods, fried foods, pizza, caffeine, nuts and sugary foods. Same with diary, which again, has been shown in many cases to have an effect but no concrete cause-and-effect relationship exists.
7. Your sweet tooth is causing a skin problem.
Another potential skin saboteur is sugar, because it raises your insulin level. More and more evidence show that insulin may boost those oil-triggering male hormones, try Stick to low-glycemic foods—ones that have complex carbs like whole grains, which break down slower in the body and cause less of an insulin spike.
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