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From freckles to stretch marks to vitiligo, society is on the rise to make these skin appearances a celebration of individuality and character; something that people are becoming proud to “own.”
Then why is acne any different? Is it not a skin appearance like those mentioned above? People are still hung up on acne being a problem for the unhealthy and unwashed. This day in age has got to change that; let’s understand the causes of adult acne.
Acne positivity is an incentive for society to become more open about this skin condition, whether their own or the person next door. It is a drive to bring these concerns into normalcy.
Causes of Adult Acne
The fear of acne not going away and spending big bucks on medications and topicals is anxiety of its own. Understanding and coming to terms with the fact that acne is a slow recovery and requires lots of patience can alleviate half of the worry.
Understanding the causes of adult acne is a great place to start. Rumors are that foods like chocolate and anything spicy will cause acne. Although not exactly true, diet does play a role. We all know foods that are highly processed or deep-fried aren’t the best for our health, but is it a surprise that when we think of “health,” we don’t exactly think of skin health?
Processed and sugary foods cause internal inflammation and are harder on the body than whole foods such as vegetables and fruits. These “less healthy” foods exit the body in many ways, one being through sweat…aka, through the skin! Basically, toxins may leave the body through sweat glands which in turn, can cause breakouts!
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Whether it’s a woman’s menstrual cycle or just an imbalance in hormones in the body, they can still be causes of adult acne. Usually, these causes of adult acne are temporary and can be alleviated with medications, oral or topical. Fun fact: some birth control medications are prescribed for the sole purpose of decreasing acne.
Stress can also influence oil production. Cortisol is commonly known as the body’s main stress hormone. Often times, a direct response to rising cortisol levels is acne. In this case, the best thing anyone can do is reduce the cause of the acne, aka…the stress!
Ways to reduce stress
- Working out
- Going for a brisk walk outdoors
- Quality time with a loved one
- Quality sleep
- Nutritious diet
- Watching a comedy movie
Cosmetics play a big part in adult life. Heck, it starts in early adolescence nowadays! They are also a factor in the causes of adult acne. Whether it’s skincare products, makeup, or even hair products, understanding the ingredients in these products is vital to skin health. Yes, even hair products matter because they will touch the scalp at some point! Unhealthy ingredients can clog pores on the skin, which could cause acne.
Not all causes of acne are within our control but there are a few ways of reducing your breakouts when it comes to cosmetic use:
- Always wash makeup off the face before going to sleep.
- Invest in as much natural skincare and makeup as you can, as opposed to synthetic/chemical products.
- Always check labels. Look for terms such as “oil-free” and “non-comedogenic.”
- Rain or shine, always wear sunscreen with SPF 30+. This is key in preventing the darkening of acne spots.
Leave It Alone!
Some of the best advice given by an acne pro to an acne rookie is to “leave it alone.” This means, don’t pick at it! As humans, we naturally touch our face a lot throughout the day, usually unknowingly. Our fingers also touch virtually everything on this Earth throughout the day. The last thing anyone should do is touch the face with these dirty fingers. If there is an active open pimple, or it opens up by picking at it, there is a high chance of the skin becoming infected by the bacteria on the fingers. This can cause further pimples, infection in the body, and inflammation of the face.
Additionally, picking at acne can leave battle scars…aka uneven, indented, textured scars; better known as atrophic scars. Atrophic scars develop when the skin is unable to regenerate tissue. These types of scars are usually too stubborn to disappear on their own, even with time. People tend to spend big bucks on medical-grade treatments, such as Fraxel laser, to rid these indentations in the skin.
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The most important part of the acne struggle is the attitude towards it. Acne can really hinder one’s day-to-day life if not looked at in a positive light. Understanding and incorporating the practice of positive affirmations to boost self-esteem is crucial in any situation, let alone the journey with acne. This goes hand-in-hand with The Law of Attraction, where thoughts become things. It is a powerful mental exercise and can shift one’s mindset if practiced regularly.
Steps For Positive Affirmations
- Choose your affirmations.
- First, repeat your affirmations loudly, then quietly and slowly until the voice becomes a soft whisper.
- Next, close your eyes and state them mentally only, without moving the lips. This helps attain a deep concentration and a powerful meditation.
- “With every breath, my skin gets clearer.”
- “I love my skin and treat it with respect.”
- “My skin is clean and clear.”
- “I am grateful for my healthy and clear skin.”
- “My skin is smooth, soft and healthy.”
It is so important to own the skin you are in and wear it proudly. Equally important is having a healthy and positive mindset towards the acne journey because the outside can change with treatments and time. But a strong mentality inside can take you further in life, through any situation. Let’s encourage acne positivity and motivate society to be more accepting of this skin condition and treat it like any other skin imperfection.
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