Five Causes of Adult Acne

People might have thought that once they are done being a teenager, they will automatically get clear skin – but it doesn’t always happen because of adult acne. Don’t fret however, as adult acne is a common occurrence, but it’s very much different than the type of acne got during your teenage years.

Adult acne has been studied by skincare experts for years, and these five things may be the core causes of acne breakouts during your adult years:

1. Fluctuating Hormones – Before a woman’s menstrual cycle begins, her hormones tend to fluctuate. Testosterone levels (usually a male hormone) go up to an all-time high, manifesting in the form of acne around the back, the chin or the neck. Your hormones can also raise your skin’s oil production levels, causing your skin cells to be more slick and can lead to clogged pores and acne breakouts.

2. Stress Levels – When you are stressed, your adrenal gland produces this hormone called cortisol to help deal with the stress. However, as a side effect of this, testosterone also gets produced and as stated above, it can lead to mild to severe acne breakouts in adults.

3. Exposure to Pollution – Driving to work or being outside all day exposes your skin to the pollution all over. Your skin tends to absorb a lot of dirt scattered around the air outside, causing your pores to become clogged and result in inflammation. This is why it’s important to cleanse your skin when you get home to remove the dirt that your skin accumulated throughout the day.

4. Wrong Skincare Products – You may be using the wrong skincare products. Sometimes when the skincare product and your skin are incompatible with each other, the result may be the opposite of what you are aiming for. Products that may be too oily for your skin can clog up your pores, or other products may irritate the outer layers of your skin. The first rule of skincare is that you need to know what type of skin you have to properly identify what skincare products YOU SHOULD BE USING. Your dermatologist can help you with this.

5. Too Much Sugar – Eating too much sugar can raise your insulin levels, resulting in skin that is more prone to breakouts and inflammation. Insulin is proven by studies to boost oil-triggering testosterone. Try to avoid eating foods with too much sugar – like sweets, soft drinks, milk and milk products. Instead, stick to foods with complex carbs like whole grains, as complex carbs are broken down by your body at a slower rate and causes less spikes in your insulin level.

If you are suffering from adult acne, call us at (727) 528-0321 for a consultation today and get your treatment started.

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