5. Touching your Face
This habit can be a problem for all age groups. Individuals in their 40’s, however, may find themselves touching their face frequently in some unique situations. This tends to happen when we are stressed or bored. It is easy to absentmindedly touch your face when you are sitting at work in an office or waiting in the carpool line. This not only increases the secretion of oils, but brings bacteria to the surface of your skin. Bacteria is present on most surfaces. Our skin is the major defense against unhealthy invaders. It acts as a barrier against the rest of the world.
It is a good idea to make a conscious effort to avoid touching your face. Resting the face on the hands is a common position that people assume when deep in conversation. When these gestures are repeated daily, a breakout may be noticeable in one certain spot on the face. To get control of this issue, you may need to track this activity over several days or weeks. This may help you to better recognize the times in which you are giving in to this behavior.
Adults in their 40’s may have to deal with other things that irritate the face by touch, as well. Young children often like to touch their parent’s faces. Pets also like to be close to their humans, often licking their faces. Certain professions require that a mask be worn. Even glasses sitting on the face can contribute to acne in the nose area, and under the eyes. If you need to use these types of items, be sure to wash your face regularly to remove excess oils. Rice paper can also be used to soak up oils throughout the day.
The sun is another contributor to acne that is often an issue at many different life stages. When you reach your 40’s, however, there may be an increased sensitivity to the sun for several reasons. Medications for illnesses often make our bodies respond more to the sun. Various acne medications and topical creams can also make you more likely to get a sunburn. Once you are burned, it may seem that your skin looks clearer. This is only an illusion, however. Once the inflammation and color from the sunburn subside, acne often makes an appearance.
It is often difficult to discern how to handle the sun when you suffer from acne. Some sunblock creams can make the condition worse by clogging the pores. It is best to find a sunblock product that is made especially for the face. These are designed to keep from irritating acne prone or delicate skin. Other options aimed at protecting you from the sun are the use of a hat or clothing that covers better.
When you are out in the sun, it is also common to sweat. This is your body’s way of keeping cool. While sweat itself may not cause acne, this leads to some other issues. You must touch your face to remove the sweat, exposing yourself to more issues. Use a clean towel to blot sweat from your face so you do not add any more contaminants. When the sunny weather is exceptionally humid, the moisture in the air causes your skin to become extremely oily. This can bring on breakouts.
Inflammation is your body’s way of telling you there is something wrong. If you have ever broken a bone, you know how swollen the area around it can get. Acne causes inflammation on your face. Bacteria become trapped in the oils on your skin. The lack of oxygen and no way to exit, contributes to the inflammation. Some acne is non-inflammatory. These are the smaller pimples that are closer to the surface. Cystic acne, however, causes severe redness and inflammation. This starts well beneath the skin.
Inflammation that is already present, or chronic, can also cause acne. Inflammation in the pores on your face is not the only contributor to acne. As we age, more health problems emerge. Things like arthritis cause chronic inflammation. Inflammation from any health complication can contribute to acne. Inflammation wreaks havoc on your body. Symptoms of fatigue and pain are often present, as well.
You can help your body fight inflammation by staying on a healthy diet, staying hydrated, and working to resolve health issues. Inflammation can go on for years without ever being diagnosed. Many people in their 440 just thinkthat the aches and pains are a normal part of aging, in many cases. This delays treatment and recovery.