Let's face it. Adult acne is VERY frustrating. What's worse is that it pops up out of nowhere. You have went through your entire teen years without a problem, then BAM this happens. You are not alone. There are many people trying to understand the whys and hows. Let's go through some of the causes of acne together.
"Fluctuation in hormones, such as before one's menstrual cycle, is the main cause," explains dermatologist Julia Tzu, M.D., of Wall Street Dermatology. Specifically, androgens (male hormones) like testosterone. This usually rears its ugly head in the form of deep (painful) cystic acne around the chin, neck, and back, says dermatologist Rebeca Kazin, M.D. F.A.A.D., of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery and the Johns Hopkins Department of Dermatology.
2. Environmental Pollution
"Environmental pollution just puts this layer of crap on your face," Dr. Schultz says. Especially if you live in a city. Go walk around outside for a half hour, he suggests. When you come home, wipe your face with a toner pad or face wipe, and see what color it is. Warning: You're not going to like what you see.
3. Are You Using The Right Products
4. You may be using the wrong products.
If you have oily or combination skin and are prone to breakouts, you should be using skin-care products labeled "oil-free," "non-comedogenic," or "water-based," Dr. Schultz says. Just one of these will ensure that the lotion you're slathering on isn't going to clog your pores and make matters worse. Try our Acne Wash that has a Raw African Soap & Aloe Vera https://sorefreshed.com/collections/clay-collection/products/acne-wash
5. Too Much Sugar
Another potential skin saboteur is sugar, because it raises your insulin level. More and more evidence shows that insulin may boost those oil-triggering male hormones, Dr. Schultz explains. Stick to low-glycemic foods—ones that have complex carbs like whole grains, which break down slower in the body and cause less of an insulin spike.
6. Some Foods Don't Agree With You
We've all heard that some foods allegedly cause acne. Too much of anything is a bad idea. Processed foods, fried foods, dairy sometimes do not agree with your skin. The one food Dr. Schultz does recommend to avoid is iodine. "Iodine causes acne in everyone if you eat enough," he says. You can find it in shellfish, like lobster, shrimp, crab, and some greens like kelp and spinach. The different between iodine and those other "acne-causing foods" is that iodine builds up over weeks and months before it starts to affect skin.
7. Do Not Over Cleanse
When cleansing your face more than twice per day can cause your skin to become dry and cause acne. Your skin then over produces oil when it becomes dry. Dr. Schultz seconds that: "Anything that rubs skin will, to a small extent, promote acne."
Acne Treatment - What can you do about it?
1. Make sure your cleanser is rich in antioxidants that help calm down irritation, and helps repair damaged skin cells.
2. Cleanse no more than twice per day
3. Exfoliate twice per week
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