If you are someone who has suffered from acne or spots as an adult, then you are not alone. Despite common belief, acne isn’t reserved for only the hormonal teenage years. Dealing with breakouts as a fully functioning adult in the real world comes with its challenges. As if the spots weren’t bad enough, it can also hamper your self-confidence at home or at work. Here’s a guide to help you navigate through these tricky bumps.
What Is Adult Acne, And Is It Common?
“Breakouts on your skin as an adult over 25 years of age is called adult acne. It’s increasingly common and can occur in 30 per cent of adults,” says Dr Kiran Kaur Sethi, MD and founder of Isya Aesthetics. It can happen to all genders due to a multitude of factors.
What Are The Causes Of Breakouts?
This condition is more prevalent in people with a genetic predisposition for a hormonal imbalance like polycystic ovarian syndrome or, more often, due to estrogen fluctuation during the menstrual cycle and pregnancy. However, there are other internal and external factors to blame as well.
“Stress is the underlying cause of a majority of skin conditions, and adult acne is no different. When your cortisol levels rise, sebaceous glands secrete more oil which can clog the pores and cause spots,” says Dr Jaishree Sharad, dermatologist and author of Skin Rules.
If you are consuming sugary foods like cupcakes to feed your midnight cravings or high amounts of dairy and alcohol, sadly, you are more susceptible to adult acne.
How Is Adult Acne Different From Teen Acne?
Since everyone goes through puberty, teen acne is considered more normal universally as opposed to adult acne due to rollercoaster fluctuations in hormones.
“Adult acne is also usually more painful due to its various types like cysts, nodules, whiteheads, blackheads etc. Typically these occur along the jawline, chin, cheeks and forehead,” says Dr Sharad.
How Can We Prevent It?
Other than reducing your stress levels, adapt to these do’s and don’ts in your daily routine to avoid and heal these red angry bumps.
– Check your fridge! “Cut out foods high in glycemic index like pasta, rice, potatoes, chips etc.,” says Dr Sethi.
– “Identify labels for ingredients like salycic acid, lactic acid, glycolic acid, grape seed extract, retinol and tea tree oil as they control excess sebum production,” says Dr Sharad.
– “Opt for a skincare routine without any face oil or oil-based cosmetic products. Try non-comedogenic and water-based formulas,” says Dr Sharad.
– Incorporate exercises like yoga, meditation and walking or running to lead a healthy lifestyle.
– Drink lots of water. It’s an unsung hero for adult acne.
– Consider prescription medication if you suffer from chronic hormonal imbalance.
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