As a full-grown woman, pimples are supposed to be a problem of the past. Isn’t acne synonymous with adolescence? Unfortunately, adult acne is a lot more common than many of us think it is. Pimples and wrinkles can actually go hand in hand. Who knew?!
So, why does this happen? Why does acne follow us into adulthood?
In 2018, our stress levels are higher than ever. Our lives are so fast paced that sometimes our bodies don’t have time to catch up. When we’re stressed, our adrenal gland goes into overdrive, and can produce more oil, and as we all know, oily skin is more prone to breakouts. It’s crucial to find ways to manage our stress for not only our mental health, but our skin’s health as well.
Not only are our stress levels higher than ever, so are our pollution levels. Air quality in cities will never be as clean as rural areas, so pollution could be another reason for your breakouts. Skincare that is rich in antioxidants can help fight damage and irritation from the free radicals in our natural environment. Try incorporating an antioxidant face mask into your skincare regimen or a serum containing vitamin C. If you’re a city slicker, develop a cleansing routine, and go makeup free when possible.
I’m sure you’ve heard the stats on how many women wear the wrong bra size; the same can be said for skincare products. Many of us are using the wrong products that are harming our skin more than helping. Too many products or overuse can cause skin to flare up. Are the products you’re using working against your skin instead of with it? Lose the harsh chemicals, check the ingredient list and consult a professional if need be.
Similarly, you’ve probably heard that most of us over wash our hair, and that we really only need to wash our hair a couple times a week versus daily. Washing your hair too frequently can create more oils, and the same goes for your skin. If you wash your face too often, you can strip your skin, causing it to produce more oils in an attempt to compensate. Morning and nightly cleansing should be your daily max.
You Are What You Eat
Although it’s near impossible to pin any specific food to pimples, it is important to know your body and understand that everything you put into your body has an impact on it's performance. Diets that are high in sugar and refined carbohydrates (high-glycemic) tend to cause inflammation and provoke acne. See how your body (and skin) reacts to certain food groups, and adapt your diet as required.
The reality is that you can’t always control outside factors, such as pollution and stress, but what you can control is how you manage it. Adult acne is a reality that many of us face, and none of us have time for. Taking care of the skin you’re in by using quality, natural products, managing your stress and toxic intake, and listening to your body will help keep those pesky pimples at bay no matter your age. If your acne is persistent seeking treatment from a qualified integrative dermatologist is an option.