While people often assume that getting breakouts is something that doesn’t affect adult women, it is becoming evident that adult acne is a problem that affects a growing number of individuals, especially recently. In fact, dermatologist Whitney Bowe has noted that, compared to a few years ago, the number of women battling this issue has been steadily rising from “significant” to being a problem of most of them today.
Adult acne is different from adolescent acne in various aspects: adult acne most often occurs in the “surgical mask area” of the face (the lower third, chin and jaws), and pimples may take much longer to heal due to the reduced collagen in the aging skin. These different needs have, of course, prompted many beauty companies to come up with a slew of products targeted at adult women suffering from acne: handy acne patches that suck out excess fluid and reduce the redness of the pimple being one of them. However, to solve a problem like this, you have to know its cause so that you can treat it accordingly. Here are some of the most common causes of adult acne and what you can do about it.
Too much stress
Stress is often linked to breakouts due to the production of the hormone cortisol during stressful times. This can cause increased oil production and breakouts, not to mention all the other negative health effects of stress. If you notice that your breakouts tend to worsen when something stressful is coming up, the two things might be linked. While stress is not something you can just cut out of your life, there are some stress-management techniques you can try to alleviate this problem.
The negative effects of unhealthy eating are often discussed, including the potential to expose you to acne. Foods with a high glycemic index all contribute to breakouts or their worsening – this has been scientifically proven. Such foods include, for example, refined carbohydrates and sugary foods, such as sodas. If you consume a lot of these foods, your best bet is changing your diet as soon as possible, as it might just be the root of your problem. In addition, clear skin is just one of the benefits of a healthy diet. Any good cardiologist will tell you how the quality of the food you eat influences every aspect of your health, including your heart. They advise you to avoid foods like processed snacks and candy bars, which should help you have both a healthier heart and a glowing complexion.
Another cause for adult acne could be hormones. Experts point out birth control pills as a possible culprit. Due to the fact that today they are prescribed very early on, the person’s skin doesn’t have a chance to experience cyclical hormonal changes. That happens only after they stop taking them, later in their adulthood. This, then, leads to something similar as puberty and increased oil production. Hormonal acne is best treated with medication, so you should see your doctor if your acne is severe, but there are a few natural remedies too that you can try, such as tea tree oil and green tea.
Nowadays everyone uses a multitude of skincare products, and, surprisingly, they might be to blame for your acne. Too many products piled on one another might not only cause each other to be ineffective, but using the wrong thing can cause inflammation and, consequently, acne too. Experts suggest that a simpler skincare routine is preferred to those with numerous steps, and three or four steps (including cleansing) should be more than enough in the morning and before bed. Moreover, the very anti-acne products you are using could only make your skin worse: ingredients such as salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide could be too harsh for your sensitive, acne-prone skin and cause further inflammation. So, be careful with these products if your skin is sensitive!
Adult acne is a problem of many – it seems like age is not a determining factor when it comes to pimples. However, solutions do exist, but you first have to find the root of the problem. Try to be mindful of the aforementioned aspects of your lifestyle and you might be able to see some results!