The Art of Keeping Adult Acne Under Control

CAUSES OF ADULT ACNE

In order to keep adult acne under control you need to firstly understand the causes of adult acne and then apply the appropriate remedy/ies. Acne is most common in adolescents as it is a time of significant hormonal change which can cause an increase in the bodies producing of sebum; however it can affect people of all ages and sadly for those adults suffering from acne there is a stigma that it should only affect the young, or that an adult who suffers from it must be unhygienic and unclean!
Adult Acne

Furthest from the truth, adult acne is not because of being unhygienic or unclean, it’s because of various factors:

Genetics – this theory is supported by studies examining the rates of acne among twins and first-degree relatives.

Hormones – women’s hormones that can play havoc with your skin include levels of progesterone, oestrogen, testosterone, DHEA, cortisol and thyroid hormones. Before menstruation and before menopause can cause acne to flare up. For men testosterone, DHEA, high levels of growth hormone (GH) and Insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1), also called somatomedin C, the latter two being the worse of the acne conditions, particularly seen in men.

Stress – although the jury is still out on this one, it seems that high levels of stress are found to upset the hormonal balance in some individuals thus bringing the onset of acne in some adults.

Diet – There is a wide acceptance in the community that milk consumption is positively associated with a higher frequency and severity of acne due to the proteins and hormones that it contains. These compounds affect the level of insulin in your body which can increase the production of androgen hormones and sebum, thereby promoting the formation of acne. Other contributing dietary factors are high levels of sugar and salt.

Medication – consult your doctor to ensure that certain medication you are taking (e.g. the contraceptive pill, steroids) or certain vitamins (e.g. vitamin B12) are not impacting on your acne.

Poor quality make-up and skin care routine – greasy and poor quality make-up can clog your pores and exacerbate your acne problems. Not removing your make-up with a daily and appropriate cleansing routine can only add to your acne problems…it’s a no brainer!

The environment/bacteria – the YouTube video below explains this one!

THE ART OF CONTROLING ACNE

1. Stick to a strict skin care regimen…..please go to my post “Best Skin Care Regimen For Aging Skin” for more information

2. Over the Counter Products – in particular glycolic, retinol or Vitamin A which have an exfoliating, slightly antibacterial effect on the skin….please refer to my post “Use of Vitamins, Retinol and Food to Protect Your Skin”. There is also Benzoyl Peroxide which can assist for mild and moderate acne and is not so harsh on the skin. I have found that Benzoyl Peroxide at 10% has been far more effective on my facial acne but can cause irritation to others so firstly try a lower dose of say 5% before moving to 10%.

3. Antibiotics and hormonal agents – I was on so many different antibiotic treatments spanning some 10 years of my life which really impacted on my stomach and resistance to them! Hence, not all antibiotics are effective if at all in treating acne, so these days doctors will tend to combine the contraceptive pill with antibiotics for women and be improved with the use of any combined birth control pill. These decrease the production of androgen hormones by the ovaries, resulting in lower skin production of sebum, and consequently reduce acne severity in women. For men Accutane (isotretinoin), an oral medication, has been a stand out for my brother who had very severe acne and proven very effective for many.
4. Consult your beauty professional – Find the right treatment for your skin as there are so many to choose from. Dermabrasion, laser resurfacing or microdermabrasion, chemical peels, microneedling and much more…..

5. Find a Dermatologist – If you’ve made a concerted effort with over-the-counter regimens and/or diet and still aren’t seeing results, a dermatologist is absolutely worth it.

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BEST OF HEALTH TO YOU ALL

Gina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE ART OF CONTROLING ACNE

1. Stick to a balanced diet and strict skin care regimen…..please go to my post “Best Skin Care Regimen For Aging Skin” for more information.

2. Over the Counter Products – in particular glycolic, retinol or Vitamin A which have an exfoliating, slightly antibacterial effect on the skin….please refer to my post “Use of Vitamins, Retinol and Food to Protect Your Skin”.

There is also Benzoyl Peroxide which can assist for mild and moderate acne and is not so harsh on the skin. I have found that Benzoyl Peroxide at 10% has been far more effective on my facial acne but can cause irritation to others so firstly try a lower dose of say 5% before moving to 10%.

3. Antibiotics and hormonal agents – I was on so many different antibiotic treatments spanning some 10 years of my life which really impacted on my stomach and resistance to them! Hence, not all antibiotics are effective if at all in treating acne, so these days doctors will tend to combine the contraceptive pill with antibiotics for women to improve the condition of acne on the skin.

These combos decrease the production of androgen hormones by the ovaries, resulting in lower skin production of sebum, and consequently reduce acne severity in women. For men Accutane (isotretinoin), an oral medication, has been a stand out for my brother who had very severe acne and proven very effective for many. Ofcourse Accutane is also used on women but not when pregnant or looking to conceive as it has been known to cause birth defects.

4. Consult your beauty professional – Find the right treatment for your skin as there are so many to choose from and your beauty specialists will help you. Things to consider are dermabrasion, laser resurfacing or microdermabrasion, chemical peels, microneedling and much, much more…..

5. Find a Dermatologist – If you’ve made a concerted effort with over-the-counter regimens and/or diet and still aren’t seeing results, a dermatologist is absolutely worth it.

PLEASE SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCES SO THAT WE CAN HELP OTHERS BY LEAVING A COMMENT BELOW

BEST OF HEALTH TO YOU ALL



2 thoughts on “The Art of Keeping Adult Acne Under Control”

  • Hi Gina,
    Although I don’t have much of acne problem, once in a while it does pop out. It is usually due to stress and poor diet. Consuming too much fatty and oily food. A good diet is important. Coupled with increase of water consumption to flush toxin out of the body helps.
    It is good that you pointed out the factors that cause acne. Prevention is better than cure.

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