Monday, July 23, 2012

Adult Acne

It's more common than you think

Adult acne affects 25% of all adult men and 50% of adult women at some time in their adult lives.

Whether you’ve been dealing with acne since high school or just had your first breakout at age 35, these are some of the common causes:
  • A family history: If your mom or dad had severe scarring acne, you’re more likely to inherit the same problem.
  • Withdrawal from the pill: The birth control pill is an excellent treatment for acne, and going off the pill may trigger breakouts.
  • Stress: The stress response causes the release of cortisol, which can increase oil production and block pores.
  • Rich anti-wrinkle products: Using oily creams can also lead to breakouts.
  • Dairy products: Recent research links dairy intake to acne because many milk products contain hormones.
  • Sugary foods: highly processed carbs and sugary drinks and foods—may boost hormones and insulin—which stimulates oil production and clogs pores.
  • Pregnancy: The hormonal changes of pregnancy may aggravate skin problems.
  • Menstruation: Breakouts are common 2-7 days before their menstrual period starts.
  • Smoking
  • Squeezing or picking at blemishes: Avoid touching your face.

Treatment for Acne at any age is have a good routine. 

Morning: Cleans, toner and moisturize with a sunblock - not more than SPF 35 (it keeps the skin breathing)
Evening: Cleans, toner and moisturize and spot treat with acne cream (benzoyl peroxide)

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