Do you have Adult Acne, is it still a teenage problem?
I am constantly reminded how many of us(me too), are struggling with adult acne. It used to be a teenage problem but most of the people I see and talk to are mostly in the age range of 25-50. Why is this? I believe there are several reasons.
1) Understanding Acne: It’s not caused in sole by chocolate or eating pizza on it’s own but it’s an inherited condition of the pores. Unless you are a lazy teenage boy more than likely it’s not from the lack of keeping your skin clean. Another way to say it is a dead skin cell problem. Your skin stacks skin cells on one another and done quickly while pores have all of the things that can get trapped like oil, makeup,sweat or other debris and not allowed to release can cause a clogged pores. There are different types of acne: inflamed, non inflamed, combination, folliculitis, and rosacea with different grades from 1-4. Not all acne is created equal so not just one product will solve your problems. Have you tried proactive or been on antibiotics for your acne and doesn’t work, there’s a reason. Not all acne has bacteria and not all respond to ingredients the same. Inflamed tends to respond differently by healing a lot faster than stubborn non inflamed. Having the access to the right home care and treatments most acne responds within 3 months! Then what happens after it clears? There’s the post inflammatory hyperpigmentation(some call “scars”) that is left behind especially for darker skin from the picking and possibly the years of having inflamed, cystic lesions.
2) Hormones, hormones, hormones: yes when we were going thru puberty we pretty much expected it along with all of the other changes are bodies were going thru but now in my 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, & 50’s? We are bombard with stressful feeling of the need to tackle on the world between building careers, having a family, being socially active, staying fit, you name it and it takes a toll on us. We CAN do it all but let’s give ourselves a break from time to time. Slow down, breath, and appreciate the things you have accomplished during the day. Plus, especially as women, we are fluctuating between too much estrogen then not enough, then too much progesterone, like a teeter totter. Hormone fluctuation goes up then oil production goes up=breakouts. Learn to love yourself and embrace your body’s changes.
3) Diet: We hear about this pretty much everyday, eat more of this eat less of that. When we get in a hurry or don’t get enough sleep then we reach for junk foods. You truly are what you eat. Reducing iodines, dairy, and soy plus increasing fruits, veggies, and lean meats as well as supplementation are all big factors to how quickly you will recover from your acne. Eat small amounts, eat healthy(the colors of the rainbow), and eat often with plenty of water throughout your day. how much is enough, take your weight divide by 2 = amount of ounces per day. Allow yourself some guilty pleasures of course but in moderation.
4) Too many medications: Find an awesome doctor that shares your personal health philosophies and discuss it with them first. Too many of us are on so many medications that the side effects are endless. Besides that when we do get off our medications we’re usually not told how to clear our bodies of what’s left over with different detoxifications, probiotics, etc. Don’t trash all your meds right away but just consider that it may not be necessary to take all of them. Nature has provided us with so many amazing herbs and healing foods that can help us feel better and tackle our adult acne, naturally.
5) Using the Wrong Products: There are a lot of different products out there that claim to help control our break outs , smooth fine lines, cover blemishes but it can be just too much for our precious skin. Fragrances, parabens, animal bi products, it’s all so overwhelming to know which is right for you. If your skin is unbalanced and has pimples something you are doing isn’t working for you. Knowing what to use and how to use ingredients properly, this is why setting up a consultation with a licensed pro is essential.
If I sound passionate about this that’s great because I am. I myself struggle with adult acne and I see people everyday that are struggling as well. That is why I am so moved by the success stories and how much the quality of life can be improved when you have clear skin. I am the ONLY skin wellness professional certified acne specialist in Orlando and love to help those struggling. Remember this, our skin is a window to our health. If it’s upset, then you’ve got a great built in communication system. It’s alerting you that something is off track. Find a knowledgeable esthetician, nutritionist, herbalist, acupuncturist, therapist, or an endocrinologist to start helping you and your skin become vibrant, clear, and healthy.