Acne may not be restricted just to your teens. It is quite common for adults to be faced with acne even in their 30s and 40s. Generally it affects more women than men.
Why do adults get acne?
It could be a whole lot of factors, but generally these are the primary reasons you get acne as an adult:
1. Hormonal imbalances
Women can be susceptible to many hormonal fluctuations in their life, like their periods, pregnancy, menopause, while using birth control, and many women also have PCOD (Polycystic Ovarian Disease).
In today’s busy world, whether you are working or are mostly at home, life situations can get too much to handle at times, causing you stress. This can increase your androgen and testosterone levels, driving more oil production in your body, causing you acne.
Acne could also be a genetic problem. So if any of your close relatives suffer from it, you could also be prone to it.
4. Using the wrong products
Women often tend to use a lot of skincare products, and it could be that either one of them is not suiting you properly, or that a few of them in combination are not working well.
5. Other factors
There could be other conditions in your body or environment which is causing prolonged acne in you. If none of the above factors hold true for you, and you have had acne for quite some time, it might be worth visiting a doctor and getting a full medical check-up to identify the roof of the problem.
What treatments can you do to cure adult acne?
1. Hormonal therapy
If indeed hormones are the cause of your acne, you can ask your doctor for medicines or other treatments that may help. For instance, for PCOD, birth pills can provide the much-needed relief from acne and other discomfort.
2. Use water-based skincare products
Water and gel based products don’t close your pores and thus the toxins from the skin can be released more easily, keeping it clean.
3. Keep your skin clean
If you step outside, or go for a workout, or come back home from after office after a long day, just clean your face softly with water, a mild cleanser, or a face wipe. But be careful of the next point.
4. Cleanse regularly but not too frequently
Washing your acne too often can make it extremely dry, leading your skin to produce more oil to make up for the loss of the natural moisture. Try to avoid washing your face intensely more than 2 times day. Use gentle cleansers and avoid heavy scrubs.
5. Eat right
Try to avoid foods high in saturated fat, refined carbohydrates, and sugar. For e.g. fast food, fried food, candy, white rice and pasts. Insulin can increase production of testosterone, so try to stick to whole grain foods.
Another ingredient that can cause acne is iodine, present in a lot of seafood. If nothing else is working for you, you can also minimise the consumption of such food and see if that helps.
Remember, don’t squeeze and burst acne.
You may have heard this already, but don’t try to force the acne away. They will just become aggravated, and even if you manage to make them pop, they will just leave a scar.