Acne is a painful disease of the skin that is caused by blocked glands and pores. While it is one of the most common skin diseases, the general misconception is that it only affects teenagers, according to Dr. Julie Harper – an associate professor of dermatology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham who recently conducted a research study to determine how common acne is among adult men and women. The study was published online in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.
In short she said – “Our findings demonstrate that acne is a persistent problem for people of all ages, but clearly women seem to be affected by this medical condition more than men when we examined the 20 plus age groups.” She goes on to state that “Research examining the role hormones play in the development of acne may hold the key to explaining why more adult women are affected by acne and could lead to future treatments to control this condition.”
For now, further investigation is needed to verify the role of hormones and acne in adult women. In the meantime, follow these guidelines to maintain healthy skin.
- Stay away from Sugar (consumption) – Sugar aggravates acne because it increases* hormones that stimulate sebum production and skin cell growth which in turn causes acne.
- Look for products such as skin creams and supplements that contain alpha-lipoic acid – It’s a naturally occurring antioxidant that has a unique property of water and fat solubility which can shrink pimples and correct bags and sags of the facial skin.
- Watch out for SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate) – Unfortunately this chemical agent is found in many personal hygiene products and cosmetics but it can break out your skin.
- Be careful of botanicals such as citrus (lemon, lime) mint or peppermint, cinnamon, balsam, wintergreen and witch hazel which can irritate the skin.
- Oral contraceptives are an option but beware that it can take up to 3-4 months for a new contraceptive to show results in your acne.
Acne is a seriously annoying, painful, frustrating condition that requires precise care. Make sure you know your ingredients, read the labels, before using just any acne skin care product. The general recommendation for ingredients that are intended for use in the treatment and prevention of acne include salicylic acid, sulfur or benzoyl peroxide.
If you’re really battling with your skin, consider getting professional acne facial. A professional knows how to properly prepare your skin for extractions without causing irritation, skin damage and/or further breakouts.
Don’t forget how stressed you are. Or rather, try to forget – do some yoga or simple meditation practice. Acne loves stress which is triggered by hormone release in the immune and nervous systems. Whatever you do, try to relax.
Pay attention to your menstrual cycle. This can help you better prepare for acne that is bound to occur.
Use quality, professional grade products like Zeroblem which includes key ingredients such as colloidal sulfur, zinc oxide and salicylic acid in optimal doses. This highly concentrated treatment accelerates healing of blemishes by dissolving excessive oils on your skin and inside plugged or blocked pores.
This revolutionary serum is applied in the evening (recommended just before bedtime) after cleansing the skin. Simply dip a clean cotton swab into the bottle, softly dab the serum onto affected areas and when you wake in the morning, see the magical results.
Some other tips to care for your acne –
- Do NOT pick, pop, squeeze or touch your pimples to prevent scarring.
- Wash your face, twice daily using mild soap and warm water. Don’t scrub because this can irritate your skin and make acne worse.
- Look for ‘noncomedogenic’ cosmetics and toiletries. It’s better for your pores.
- Use oil free cosmetics and lotions
- Alcohol based astringents can strip your skin of natural moisture. Try to avoid them.
- Keep your hair out of your face and/or wash/shampoo daily to avoid oils contacting your skin.
This struggle is real. If you cannot achieve results with over the counter applications, creams or otherwise, it may be time to have a discussion with your doctor. Generally speaking, as these studies indicate, hormones are at play (in women).
Guys, you can follow the same advice, but if you’re struggling with adult acne, you should definitely speak with your doctor. It could be your hormones too, but more likely a sign of some other symptom that needs addressed.
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