Acne is stressful at any time during your life, though it always seems to appear when you want to see it the least. Teenagers have to struggle with this often, as their hormones are fluctuating quite a lot, and these fluctuations are a common reason behind the condition. However, acne knows no bounds, and adults deal with acne just as much as teenagers do, except that it’s a slightly different variation from them. The symptoms are likely the same across many cases, but what causes acne to happen in the first place is where the difference lies. Figuring out what’s behind your acne can be stressful, but once you understand that, you can practice a good skincare routine that is perfectly tailored to your needs.
You can deal with blackheads, which are hair follicles that have become clogged with excess oil and dead skin. Similarly, you have whiteheads that are caused by the same reason, except they’re closed on the surface and remain white. Papules or pustules are a specific type of acne that breaks out into small red or pink bumps. As this is a type of inflammation, picking it makes it worse. Nodules are a type of acne below the skin that feels firm to touch. You’re likely to deal with different kinds of acne throughout your life, but you can find a treatment. Here are some things to look at to understand why you are breaking out in adult acne.
10Right Step, Wrong Product
Don’t compromise on your skin, Be mature and sensible to choose the right type of skinAcne is caused by many issues that go deeper than the surface. If that’s the case, it’s best to get it formally checked out before trying to fix anything yourself. If you have already gotten a diagnosis, you might have already bought a facewash that looks good for the job. With a skincare and beauty industry that’s worth $445 billion dollars, you certainly have plenty of options to pick from. That’s where many people tend to take a step in the right direction, but with the wrong product. It’s easy to understand why all products are not created equal. If you’re buying a skincare product for your adult acne, it may be helpful, but only on the surface. As some acne is based on broader issues, it can only do so much. You may be treating the appearance of your acne, but the main problem is still going strong beneath the surface. How can you tackle an issue like this?
Acne is very involved in the sense that it may take more than one type of treatment to erase it. If you’re using a good face wash for your skin, you’re likely doing at least one thing right. The underlying issues need to be taken care of with your doctor. Your doctor can prescribe a medication to zap the zits before they even form. This way, you can have a two-way approach to handling acne. Your prescribed medicine takes care of the root cause, and your facewash can handle the acne and scars that are already there.
As you get older, you may develop certain conditions that you didn’t have to deal with in your youth, for example, lactose intolerance. Many people develop lactose intolerance over time, despite enjoying their fair share of ice cream and cheese as a child. The same goes for acne-related issues. You may be treating a condition with a certain medication, but that medicine may be behind your acne. Special ingredients and medicine types, like lithium or corticosteroids, are known to trigger acne in people. These medicines treat the problem at hand by switching up your inside hormonal system a bit. They either increase or decrease the production of essential hormones. While this is safe for the most part, there are some side effects, like adult acne, that can emerge as a result. Your existing medicines are necessary to handle one problem, but they are inadvertently causing another one to take its place.
Before you quit taking your medicine cold turkey in the name of clear skin, talk to your doctor about your concerns. More often than not, they can switch the dosage or medication altogether, so the chances of an acne breakout are far less. Your doctor may also elect to take a different approach. If your existing medicine needs to stay in your routine without fail or alteration, your doctor may add another prescription to handle the acne instead. This way, you can have the best of both worlds and treat your existing condition along with your newly formed acne.
8You Live in a Big City
How living in a big city does anything to affect your health? The truth of the matter is that big city life may be more exciting than its counterparts, with more and more people moving to the city, but it does have its pros and cons, like more pollution. Whether your city is big or small, there’s likely public transport by bus or train, and don’t forget the added pollution of factories. These can all add up and take a toll on your skin. Heavily polluted or crowded areas have a way of keeping the dirt moving through the air through smoke or wind. Even if you don’t work outside extensively, simply walking from your apartment to your car and then to work is enough to do some serious damage. While you probably don’t want to move out of the city just for some clear skin, there are less intrusive methods for your adult acne caused by pollution.
This goes back to finding a product that works for you. You may not be able to change the pollution levels around you, but you can change how you deal with them. Focus on finding a daily cleanser that has some form of a scrubbing bead in it. These products are usually light enough to be used every day, without being overly intense for your skin. If you find that your skin feels extra dry with daily use, switch to a gentler product and use the first one every other day.
7You Need Better Circulation
Your body is what it is through the functions of your heart and circulatory system. These two are always working to pump blood and keep the oxygen flowing. You already know that your body needs a good supply of oxygen to do everyday tasks. The blood that travels to your lungs and back needs to be oxygenated to provide the necessary nutrients and energy. Not only does good circulation help you perform better, but it also helps your skin. When your facial skin gets the blood it needs, it has a better cell turnover rate, meaning your skin switches out faster. New skin cells are formed more quickly, pushing out the damaged ones. As your body’s natural cell turnover rate slows down with age, your adult acne could be resolved by getting better circulation.
There are several different ways to get good circulation into your skin. Start by incorporating more exercise into your routine. Exercise that makes you break out in a sweat is good because it gets your heart rate up, and a higher rate means more blood circulating around your body. You can also increase your circulation in your face specifically by using facewashes with invigorating beads. These beads help push off the dead skin from your face and encourage new skin cells to form. Finally, you can try getting facial massages that work on increasing blood flow and reducing dead facial skin. Not only do these massages help your skin look better, but they feel great too!
6Fun in the Sun
Beach trips are always fun, no matter how old you get. Fun times in the sun involve good memories and maybe even a nice tan afterward. Not only does sunlight feel good, but it’s one of the only two ways your body can get the vitamin D it needs. Food alone isn’t enough to reach the required daily amount. So, you might think that that’s a free pass to spend as much time in the sun as possible, but that’s setting you up for another problem. Too much time in the sun can lead to more acne-causing situations and even skin cancer. Although sunlight is necessary for a healthy body, too much can cause sunburns and raw skin. When your skin is in this stage, it’s more likely to break out in infection to protect itself from outside bacteria. This is more common in adults than children, as well, because of the associated higher chance for skin problems.
A safe time limit to keep when out and about in sunny weather is around 30 minutes. Even that should be done with the protection of sunscreen with good SPF. It also helps if you keep your body covered in areas that experience the most sun, like your forehead, arms, and legs. When it comes to protecting your skin against the sun, you likely need to use a combination of all three of these tips to get it right. Relying too much on just sunscreen or a time limit may be insufficient to prevent against sun-related acne.
5Fire through Friction
As we get older, your skin may not be able to handle a particular lotion anymore because it’s not hydrating enough, or you may need to wear a different sunscreen. Many people turn to different anti-aging products in an attempt to treat their skin problems all around. However, while these reasons can cause irritation, sometimes the solution is not in the product, but in the environment, specifically through friction. Friction can irritate your skin just as much as using the wrong product can. Many people think of friction as rubbing your skin against something extremely rough, like sandpaper. But even light forms of resistance, like wearing a helmet every day or driving to work can cause irritation. Irritation and sweat buildup are surefire ways to get acne growth, regardless of how old you are.
Taking forms of friction out of routine can be difficult, especially when you get it from commuting to and from work. One way to solve this is by trying to take a break in the middle of that time. For example, you can lean forward as you drive to let air on to your back. Resistance can even be caused by tight clothing or materials that don’t let the air circulate around your body. If you can, wear clothing that’s loose and breathable to avoid sticky sweat situations in the first place. You can also keep wet wipes on you to wipe and clean away any sweat before it builds up on your skin.
4 You Need to Go Natural
The cosmetic industry is booming like never before, with an expected increase to 675 billion dollars by 2020. This means that more women and men are buying makeup, some using several products on a daily basis. Makeup is like any other product you put on your skin; the wrong one can cause skin problems. This is especially true for things like foundation and concealer. As these products are put directly on the skin and blended into pores for a smooth look, they’re likely to cause breakouts if not removed correctly. The makeup can build up in the pores over time and cause acne to form. On a similar note, your skin may be breaking out because your makeup is old or expired. Different products have longer or shorter lifespans, and over using a product past its date is like tempting bacteria.
If you think you are breaking out in adult acne because of your makeup, you can solve this in a few ways. For starters, you could go natural and not use makeup at all, or at least reduce the amount you wear on a daily basis. Secondly, you can check to make sure all of your products are well within their expiration dates. If it’s not, throw it out! Lastly, you can break out in acne due to your makeup tools as well. Sponges and brushes used for applying makeup need to be cleaned routinely to avoid applying old makeup along with the new, further encouraging acne growth.
Most people tend to slowly cut down on exercise as they get older. Only half of adults get the recommended amount of daily exercise they need, and this only gets less as they get older. It may not even be because you’re getting lazy; certain physical ailments associated with old age make it difficult to exercise without injuring yourself. Exercise is one thing, but many people also make poor choices in their diet. The human body needs a balanced amount of food from each of the groups, regardless of age. As you get older, those cheeseburgers and fries may wreak havoc on your bodily health, even though you could down two or three without a problem when you were younger. As your body and metabolism slow down, processed and sugary foods don’t do so well for your system. They increase your body’s glucose levels and end up throwing your natural blood sugar amount out of order. This can, in turn, lead to acne developing because of the rapid change.
While it’s not yet clear if specific foods, like greasy or fatty foods, affect your health, sugary foods certainly do. Reducing the amount of sugar you have in your diet is essential to keep normal sugar levels and your acne at bay. You should also make a meal plan to incorporate as many fresh fruits and vegetables as possible to get the full benefits of whole foods. Making good food choices, when combined with proper exercise habits are great ways to stop breaking out in adult acne.
Part of becoming an adult is getting a job. Everyone has to eat, right? If you’re lucky, you find a job you love that doesn’t take up too many hours of your day. However, working 40 or more hours a week is a common occurrence in the job market. You may find yourself working odd hours or just having trouble sleeping in general. A good amount of sleep is around eight hours of solid shut-eye a night. Sleep deprivation can result in a higher appetite for sweet or salty foods and can raise your chances of obesity up by an astounding 50%. You also increase the risk of dementia, diabetes, and high blood pressure. The main cause of all of these is the fact that you put more stress on your body. Losing sleep forces your body to run on energy it doesn’t have. You may feel fine, but you’re actually weakening your immune system slowly. A weakened immune system coupled with fluctuations hormones due to stress are the perfect combination to get some acne going.
If you think that sleep deprivation is behind why you’re breaking out in adult acne, consult your doctor for a diagnosis. Your doctor can determine why you can’t sleep, whether it’s insomnia or a sleep apnea issue. Then you can follow a treatment plan for that accordingly. Relieving stress from sleep deprivation may take time, as your body has to adjust back to normality. But once you’re on a good sleep schedule again, your acne should clear up in no time.
1Hormonal Adult Acne
Acne is caused by both outwardly issues, like excess oil and dirt, as well as inwardly issues, like stress or a hormonal imbalance. Because most teenagers face these imbalances in their youth, people think that adults don’t really get hormonal issues. But in reality, millions of adults have to deal with acne due to their hormones. Your body runs on a balance of chemicals and hormones to ensure everything is being done correctly with the appropriate amount. Sometimes, this balance is thrown off by stress or some other fluctuation of hormones. If you’ve stopped taking your birth control pill or recently switched to a new one, you may experience adult acne due to hormones. If you’ve recently given birth or are going through menopause, you can also experience adult acne. On the same note, adding new hormones to your body in the form of steroids for muscle mass increase can have the same effect.
When it comes to hormones, your doctor is your best source on how you should tackle regulation. Specialized tests need to be done before concluding how to fix the balance. Your doctor can prescribe medication to increase or decrease specific hormones as needed. Your doctor may also recommend certain lifestyle changes to expedite the regulation process. Regulating your system takes time, and it may be a month or so before you see any results. Being punctual with taking your medicine is important when you are breaking out in adult acne.
Acne is frustrating for everyone. Whether you’ve had it since your teens or you’re just now dealing with it, everyone has a similar, yet different experience. Some people have many different types of acne, both on their face and deep in their skin. Similarly, some people only get acne on their face, while others see it on their back and shoulders as well. The circumstances are different, but what remains constant is the frustration involved in trying to get rid of it. Acne is usually very persistent and requires at least three to four months of treatment to erase it completely. Even then, it could pop up again down the line, and the process would start all over again. The good news is that it can be managed.
Your doctor can help you find the source of your acne through different tests and questions about your life. You can also help yourself find the cause by keeping track of your lifestyle and habits. Making sure to get enough exercise, eating a balanced, healthy diet, and taking time to destress are indirect ways you can reduce your acne. If you do this persistently and combine it with the treatment plan your doctor has for you, you’re likely to see a significant improvement over time. It’s also important to remember that almost everyone is dealing with some form of acne. Even those with ‘perfect’ skin have dealt with it at some point. Trust the process of your treatment and remain optimistic for good results