Acne can occur later in life. Some adults continue to get acne well into their 30s, 40s, and even 50s. It is even possible to get acne for the first time as an adult. Dermatologists and Estheticians call this “adult-onset acne"? It is most common among women going through menopause.
While acne may be nonexistent or dormant for years, certain factors like diet, stress, and hormones can eventually cause it to surface, with frustrating emotional side effects. Which can lead to significant negative outcomes; scarring of the skin and post inflammatory hyper-pigmentation that can translate into low self-esteem for many.
The stress hormone cortisol aggravates acne as it sits on the androgen receptors which trigger an acne cascade.
Avoid Starchy Foods
A high-glycemic diet raises blood sugar and insulin levels that may lead to breakouts. A healthy GI tract is important for optimal health and a trim waste line.
Taking a Low-dose estrogen oral contraceptive like Ortho Tri-Cyclen can help normalize hormonal surges and regulate monthly cycles and is FDA approved for treating acne.
Know your Pore Clogging Ingredients
The term non-comedogenic isn’t regulated by the FDA. Do not ever put anything on your skin or your hair without checking the ingredients first, even if it says “won’t clog pores"? or “noncomedogenic"? on the bottle.
And remember to always wear a light weight sunscreen designed for acne prone skin. The sun's UV rays break down collagen, causing fine lines and wrinkles. The sun also dries out your skin, which prompts the sebaceous glands to overcompensate by pumping out more pore-clogging oils and causing breakouts.
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