Are you suffering from adult acne? You’re not alone! Although adult acne can be an embarrassing problem, know that it can be treated with gentle kindness. The skin is a delicate organ designed to protect us from the elements. Your skin’s natural bacterial shield strengthens your immune system and helps defend you against annoying problems like acne. An imbalanced skin biome however will cause breakouts. Here are seven factors that can throw off your biome and cause acne.
Much as we’d all love to have radiantly clear skin, some of us are simply more likely to suffer from spots and blemishes than others. Additionally, hormonal changes, changes to your diet and lifestyle, antibacterial treatments, or products such as makeup, can also have an impact on your natural bacterial shield: the skin biome.
7 reasons why you might be suffering from adult acne
As your skin’s natural bacterial shield protects you from acne, an imbalanced skin biome will cause acne breakouts. These seven factors can throw off your biome and cause flare-ups. Some of them you can’t control, but most of them you can.
Did you ever wonder why your acne always flares up right before your period? Or why women post-menopause don’t suffer from acne? It’s all about hormones. Hormone fluctuations occur naturally around your period, during pregnancy or menopause. Women going through the menopause are more prone to adult acne, as female hormones drop and the effect of male hormones (androgens such as testosterone) increases. This hormonal imbalance can cause the oil glands to go into overdrive and over-produce sebum.
You and I know that modern life can be challenging. Stressful situations can also cause a hormonal imbalance, triggering your body to produce more androgens. Again the oil glands will be stimulated to produce more sebum, leading to blocked pores and acne. Dealing with everyday life can stress you out, making acne an ongoing problem.
If you have a close blood relative who suffers from adult acne, your genetics will contribute to acne. Don’t worry, having acne genes doesn’t mean you will automatically get acne. They just make your skin more likely to develop it. As there are many factors that contribute to acne development, you can treat acne even if you have the genes for it.
Acne can be an unwanted side effect of some medicines. If you are taking drugs that affect your hormone levels by increasing androgens, your skin is more prone to breakouts and flare-ups.
5. Beauty products
You don’t want to clog your pores or cause breakouts by using too many cosmetics and skin care products. Avoid thick, overly creamy textures, as they are more likely to clog your pores. If you have an oily skin don’t use oily products. They don’t actually clog your pores but they will make your skin even greasier. Gels, light serums or thin lotions are the way to go. Overall, use gentle skin products in your daily skin care routine that won’t strip your skin from its protective layer.
6. Daily skin care
As for your daily skin care routine, cleanse your skin but don’t exaggerate as over-cleansing and scrubbing too often can make your acne worse. Facial scrubs and exfoliating can harm and dry out your skin, making it more sensitive to external factors. Try to resist squeezing your spots, because it can further inflame your acne. And last but not least, moisturisers are essential for every skin type, even for acne-prone skin.
Why does your acne get worse when you eat a lot of chocolate or junk food? As for chocolate and dairy products, it may actually be the (additional) hormones in cow milk that cause your oil glands to overproduce sebum. As for eating junk food, which is high-glycaemic, your insulin levels will jump causing acne for the same reasons as when your hormonal level changes. Try to maintain a healthy diet with organic products to keep your skin clear.
Teen acne vs. adult acne
Although teen acne and adult acne look the same, there is a difference. Where teenagers have relatively thick skin, adult skin becomes thinner with age. Your mature skin is more sensitive and can’t handle skin care products for teens, which are too harsh. Also, the older your skin gets, the less sebum it will produce. As your mature skin is drier than young skin, it needs daily skin care that is moisturising and gentle. In order to keep your natural protective barrier intact and active, you will have to adjust your skin care regime to the needs of your mature skin.
Rebalance your skin’s biome
Breakout prone skin can easily become more inflamed when the friendly bacteria that protect us are thrown off balance. Thankfully there are lots of things you can do to rebalance your skin’s biome.
From regularly cleaning your makeup brushes and changing razors before the become blunt, to adopting a more varied diet and active lifestyle, your bacteria will thank and love you. A strong and varied bacterial biodiversity is the key to clean and clear skin.
Natural shield of bacteria
The more friendly bacteria in your biome, the stronger your natural resistance to the harmful bacteria that cause spots and breakouts. It’s important therefore to find ways in which you can boost the friendly and battle the bad.
YUN Probiotherapy adds lots of friendly lactobacillus to your microbiome, restoring and maintaining a healthy biome that can fight off daily pollutants in a more natural way. Its topical application means that spot-fighting bacteria are delivered right to the place where they are needed.