1o Surprising Causes Of Adult Acne
If you’ve ever suffered from acne or even a bad breakout – you know the physical and emotional effects of acne can be strenuous. There’s nothing more disheartening than waiting until your twenties to finally have a clear complexion, only to discover that acne doesn’t necessarily end when your teenage years do!
Therefore, educating yourself on what is causing your breakouts can be life-changing in order to find the best treatment solutions for your particular skin condition.
1. Hormones: Menstrual cycle or Imbalances
Many women experience a surge of blemishes at the start of their monthly cycle. The excess of progesterone in the skin causes water retention, which results in a puffier appearance. When this occurs, it puts pressure on the pores and creates a narrower pore lining. Additionally, oil can get thicker during this time because of an imbalance of hormones and an increase of testosterone during the pre-period hormonal shift. When thicker oil tries to get through a narrower opening, this creates an ideal environment for breakouts.
2. Birth controls such as an IUD
Although a popular form of birth control, acne is listed as a side effect of IUD’s containing progesterone. The IUD releases progestin into the body which is then converted into progesterone, and then into various types of testosterone. These hormones can overstimulate oil glands, and when oil mixes with dead cells in the pore lining, it can trigger the formulation of acne.
3. Stress & Sleep Patterns
Stress and poor sleep patterns don’t just affect acne flare-ups; they can worsen the overall condition of the skin. When the adrenal glands overproduce cortisol (a steroid that makes sebaceous glands produce more oil), it can result in the skin becoming extra oily, resulting in the production painful, inflamed papules.
4. Not removing make-up or washing your skin every evening
Everyone knows that sleeping with your makeup on is bad for your skin, but think about the oil, dirt and bacteria that builds-up on the skin throughout the day. A combination of these can trigger acne, which is why washing your face every morning and evening is one habit that you must practice if you want a clear complexion!
5. Using the incorrect skin products for your skin condition
When you introduce new products into your routine, you might experience some initial blemishes. This is especially true if the products are exfoliating your skin more than it’s used to. This is actually a good thing because exfoliants restructure the skin’s natural cell turnover process. However, if this continues for more than 4 weeks, it could be an indication that the products you’re using may not be a good fit for your skin. It’s important to have an expert assess your skin and determine the best course of treatment and products for your particular needs.
6. Diet – specifically Dairy
Developing cystic acne (the hard, painful, underground bumps that like to stick around for weeks) on the chin and neck area, might be a sign that you’re consuming more dairy than your body can tolerate. Your skin acts as an excretory system to get rid of things which your body doesn’t agree with. Since dairy is naturally more difficult to digest, it could possibly cause cystic blemishes to appear. Try cutting dairy out of your diet for a period of time and see how your skin responds.
7. Touching your face
Subconsciously touching your face throughout the day makes it quickly become the dirtiest part of your body. While it’s important to wash your skin every night, it’s much more effective to not touch your face unnecessarily at all. Touching your face adds bacteria to the skin which can lead to breakouts.
An airplane cabin has extremely low humidity, which can cause the skin to become dehydrated. When an oily-prone skin type becomes dehydrated, the skin tries to repair itself by producing even more oil. Since oil breeds bacteria and bacteria leads to breakouts, flying can be responsible for acne if you travel regularly.
9. Fluctuating weather temperature
A change of seasons that causes the weather to be warm one day and cool down the next, can leave your skin confused. Therefore, unbalanced skin and pH levels can lead to blemishes. It’s important to update your skincare routine as the seasons change in order to avoid unnecessary breakouts.
10. Smoking & Alcohol
Smoking, as well as the consumption of alcohol, can affect your hormones. As mentioned previously, hormones are the number one cause for adult acne! Try cutting out alcohol and avoid smoking to prevent any disruption to the normal functioning of hormones.