ADULT ACNE : CAUSES & TYPES
Here’s Why You Have Adult Acne—And Exactly How To Get Rid Of It
From hormonal changes to stress, there are numerous things that can cause acne. Here, the best ways to get
clear skin in your 40s, 50s, and beyond.
Experts say stress can lead to acne by signaling the release of cortisol, a hormone that tells your body to produce more pore-clogging oil.
Fight back: Fight back against oil the second you feel it on your face with STACéA Acne and Dark Spots Solution Made with a pimple-fighting tea treaa oil solution, it will freshen skin and help ward off pimples in a flash. You may also want to keep spot treatments handy. We like our Clarifying cream because it’s free of benzoyl peroxide, a drying ingredient that’s not ideal for aging skin. Just dab it on your stress-induced blemish the second you feel it rearing its ugly head to kill the bacteria and reduce redness.
Another great way to fight stress? Get up and move! just two minutes of exercise is enough to send feel-good hormones like dopamine and serotonin through the body and improve mood. It doesn’t matter what you do, so long as you elevate your heart rate. Jumping jacks and squats are two examples of heart-thumping moves that are easy to do just about anywhere.
Health issues with a hormonal component, such as high testosterone levels or polycystic ovarian syndrome, are oft-overlooked causes of acne. “PCOS affects 5 to 10% of women, and many of them suffer for years without realizing they have it,” says Mitch Chasin, MD, the medical director of Reflections Center for Skin & Body in Livingston, New Jersey. If your acne is accompanied by excessive hair growth or irregular periods, it’s worth making an appointment to see your doctor.
Fight back: If your doctor thinks you may have PCOS, he or she may order a blood test or perform an ultrasound. If you do, the condition—and other types of hormone imbalances—can often be treated with a medication such as an oral contraceptive or anti-androgen.
In the meantime, try clearing your skin with STACéA Acne and Dark Spots Solution Thanks to its salicylic acid content, this organic product reduces swelling and redness, unplugs pores, and can help fight hormonal blemishes. The best part is its impossible for it not to work.
When hormone levels change, oil production typically increases. This can cause clogged pores where acne bacteria grows, leading to inflammation and pimples. Hormone changes tend to occur more frequently during perimenopause, but it can also happen just before your period and after giving birth. (Women over the age of 33 are more likely to get premenstrual pimples than younger women are, according to one study.)
Fight back: Use an oil-fighting product that contains salicylic acid and is free of moisture-zapping benzoyl peroxide. We like our STACéA Acne and Dark Spots Solution because it has salicylic acid to help clear pimples, along with anti-aging retinol that reduces the appearance of fine lines. It also heals breakouts with salicylic acid and forms an invisible protective film over pimples, making it a great product to apply under makeup.
You know stress, sun damage, and smoking aren’t great for your skin, but what you may not realize is that over time these things can actually break down collagen and skin structures, causing the pores to stretch open. This allows more oil to seep through and get clogged, which can cause pimples. (Psst!
Fight back: Retinol-based products can help restore collagen, the protein that keeps skin looking young. Not only does this help reduce the appearance of fine lines, but it also tightens pores so that they create and emit less oil. Even skin docs swear by the stuff: These vitamin A relatives stimulate collagen production, keeping the skin strong and supple and more resistant to wrinkling,” says Joshua Zeichner, MD, director of cosmetic & clinical research at Mount Sinai Hospital. STACéA Acne and Dark Spots Solution has vitamin A in 0.6% qty which is perfect for all skin types.
Greasy food doesn’t cause a greasy face, but certain foods may exacerbate an already-brewing condition. For example, several studies have found a link between things like milk, cheese, and yogurt, and pimples. In one 2006 Harvard report, girls who drank two or more glasses of milk daily were found to have a 20% higher risk of acne than those who had less than a glass a week. Experts hypothesize that the hormones present in these foods may be to blame.
Fight back: When we consume foods that mess with our hormones, our oil glands go into overdrive, our pores enlarge, and blemishes emerge. Using a retinol can help tighten pores so dirt can’t get trapped and cause blemishes. Buying organic dairy can also help. Many traditional dairy products come from hormone-fed animals, so they often have more hormones than their organic counterparts. You might also want to consider giving up dairy to see if that will help. If you decide to go that route, be sure to stock up on other sources of calcium and vitamins to keep your bones strong. Since many people get the bulk of their vitamin D from fortified dairy products, you might benefit from adding a supplement to your diet example vitamin c.