Why does acne still torment some women into adulthood, and what causes adult acne?
Some of the factors related to the risk of acne after the age of 25 include a family history of adult acne, high stress levels, and a low intake of fruits and vegetables.
Especially foods which cause blood sugar to surge or foods with a high “glycemic index” can lead to breakouts. Some high-GI foods include rice, white bread, sugary baked goods, chips, and crackers.
Similarly, chronic stress takes a toll on overall health, and that shows up on the skin too.
Most of the teenagers have bouts of acne but they see their skin clear up after age 20. Still, around 20 to 40 percent of adults continue to have breakouts. Adult acne pops up in different places than the teen kind: It usually appears on the chin, jawline, and neck. It is more frequent in women than in man and it is often due to hormonal imbalances or changes in hormone levels.
In women acne may appear before their menstrual period or when they start or stop birth control pills. But it’s not entirely clear why some women continue to have acne, while others don’t.
Certain lifestyle factors are tied to the risk of an acne diagnosis. Women who eat fresh fish, fruits and vegetables, in less than four days a week are more likely to have acne, compared to women who eat these foods more often.
Women’s stress levels along with diet contribute to acne risk. Those women who have “high” stress levels also have three times greater risk of acne, compared with women who are less stressed. Also women whose siblings or parents had adult acne have higher risk for adult acne.
How to get rid of adult acne
- Look for ingredients such as:
Salicylic acid is also called a beta-hydroxy acid. It is the gold standard of acne treatment. Salicylic is gentle enough to use on your whole face. It works by gently exfoliating to unclog pores.
Benzoyl peroxide. While exfoliating the pores it also kills the acne bacteria, at the same time. Use it to spot-treating because it’s not so gentle, and can irritate your skin.
Sulfur has a drying effect because it draws oil out of the skin. So it is another great spot treatment.
Glycolic Acid is an alpha-hydroxy acid. It is an exfoliating ingredient that targets both wrinkles and acne at the same time.
Retinol is a vitamin A derivative, which the skin converts to retinoic acid. One of the most effective treatments for acne are topical retinoids. On the other hand, because of its collagen-building properties, it is highly effective as anti-aging ingredient.
- Always keep a spot treatment on hand.
Spot treatments are crucial for treating a pimple. Just dab it on the trouble spot to kill bacteria and dry it out.
- Exfoliate more regularly.
It is the most important thing for both preventing and treating acne.
- Use products that fight inflammation.
Every time you have a breakout inflammation is also involved in the process. It causes that redness and swelling that we all want to cover up.
- Never try to extract cysts on your own.
If you pick and prod at those big, painful zits it will leave a scar.