Adult Acne - What Causes It?
popular belief, acne is not a problem just for teens and young adults. It can
affect us at any time in our life. And, as adults, women are unfortunately more
likely to be affected than men.
But what causes
adult acne? The primary causes include:
The primary cause
of periodic acne in adult women is fluctuations in hormones, especially
testosterone, before your menstrual cycle.
In women, the
release of testosterone encourages oil glands to produce more oil which can
lead to acne and breakouts.
in hormones can lead to acne in the chin, neck and back area.
Stress has so many
negative impacts on our body that it should come as no surprise that stress can
When you’re stressed
your body acts as if it is in fight or flight mode and releases the stress
hormone, cortisol, to counteract and deal with the stress (or perceived danger).
But along with the
release of cortisol comes the release of a small amount of the male hormone, testosterone.
As mentioned above, this can lead to acne and breakouts.
often will dry out your skin. When your skin is dry, your body may release additional
oil to compensate for the dryness. And as excess oil is excreted, breakouts and
acne may arise.
Everyone’s skin is
different and everyone’s lifestyle (e.g. how much pollution they are exposed to
daily) is different so it is impossible to advise what is and is not considered
over-cleansing. As a general rule, cleansing more than twice a day would be
considered too much. I recommend cleansing once a day if you are out and about,
and less if you feel your skin isn’t exposed to pollutants and free radicals as
Also, ensure you
use a gentle cleanser on your face. Try to avoid drying soap or products which
contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS). Rather choose products which contain some
oil and have a gentle foam.
And when it comes
to weekly exfoliation, choose a product that is gentle and non-scrubby on your
face such as one that contains fruit seeds. Avoid products containing salts and
sugars as these are too aggressive for your face.
Breakouts and acne
can be caused by dirt getting into your pores and clogging them. When you’re
out and about, especially if you live in a city, your skin is exposed to free
radicals, pollution and dirt that cling to your skin and clog your pores.
When pores become
clogged your skin is no longer able to breathe thus hindering the natural flow
of oxygen and carbon dioxide, and dirt can get become trapped and no longer be
excreted. And this can cause breakouts and acne.
A Sugary Diet
When you eat food
that is high in sugar, the insulin levels in your body spike. There is a
growing belief that when your insulin rises, it can trigger a rise in the
release of hormones which encourage oil-production.
When your body excretes
excess oils, your pores can become clogged. And clogged pores can lead to
breakouts and acne.