Acne has always been a dreaded occurrence in our life. Most of us have carried this burden in our teenage years and after almost seven teenage years we think we are finally home free. Then one morning in your twenty-sixth, twenty-seventh, or even twenty-eighth year of your existence you wake up with a huge zit on your face. And even worse, sometimes it is not just one but two or even three or even four! And they just keep on sprouting like weeds in an inhibited garden! So you wonder, I’m already an adult so why, why, WHY?
Adult acne is more common than we thought. Almost five percent of adults have adult acne mostly in their twenties, thirties, and even forties and beyond. Adult acne can be found in the face and sometimes even on the neck and on the chest and back area. There are many reasons for the occurrence of these devil incarnates, and we will enumerate them here plus ways on how to outsmart them.
Adult Acne Source Number 1: those pesky hormones
And we all thought we are done with having problems caused by them! Apparently, they still have the last attack. Experts still can’t pinpoint the main reason why our oil glands are more prone to breakouts because of hormonal shifts in this age line. Unfortunately, these up and down hormonal shifts are the main culprit in adult acne. But fortunately, there’s an easy cure for these shifts and that is the common birth control pill. But take note that this is not applicable to you if you are pregnant. For stubborn and hard to kill zits, you may also use medication that has the ingredient retinoids that can help unclog those pores. If it still doesn’t work then it’s high time to up your ammunition. Use antibiotics (maybe topical or even oral) to reduce the swelling.
Adult Acne Source Number 2: stress
Stress is also a major source of adult acne. But we can’t help it, can we? Our world is full of the stress-inducing situation and things that it is already a part of our daily lives. We have bills to pay, kids to feed and a house to clean. So much stress we endure in a day that it results in the dreaded adult acne. This happens because stress triggers the body to secrete cortisol that results in the secretion of more hormones thus resulting in zits. So what do we do when the bump pops? Relax! Do some de-stressing. Go on a vacation or just spend a day doing nothing. Eat right, sleep right, and do your exercise routine regularly. If your darn acne is still there after doing these things for a month or two then it is high time to see your dermatologist for some treatment and prescription.
Adult Acne Source Number 3: Daily Grooming Products
It is a fact that as we grow older we tend to become vainer, especially in our twenties to thirties when we are still finding our ideal mate. We tend to use a lot of products to make ourselves more attractive to the opposite sex. Unfortunately, this only results in adult acne as these products tend to block pores which can result in zits erupting like crazy in our pretty little faces. How ironic, isn’t it? We bought and used these products to make ourselves more pretty only to have these little craters embed in our faces. So what to do? Simplify! You don’t need all these products to make yourself pretty. Just use basics like moisturizer, cleanser, and sunblock. Purchase cosmetics that are non-comedogenic and make sure that they are oil-free especially your moisturizer. And always remember your acne 101: do not touch your face or rest your pretty little chin in your grubby little hands!