As adolescents, we expect to endure acne. For a pubescent teenager, a few mild to moderate break outs are mortifying, but usually anticipated. Hormones are hormones after all, and topical medications can only do so much when your body is growing and changing at lightning speed. The only thing that pulled us through those tumultuous days of early adolescence was the ray of hope that, one glorious day, we would become adults and the years of attempted zit hiding would come to an end.
For a lucky few, the bouts of black heads, pimples and unsightly blemishes ended right around high school graduation. However, for many of us, the battle rages on. Eventually, it becomes a two-front war as we fight both wrinkles and acne simultaneously. The good news is that the melee does not have to last forever. If you’re one of the millions of people suffering from adult acne, consider a few of the following tips:
Relax. One of the most common causes of acne is stress – and these days it seems people are more stressed than ever. From work to school, finances to family, stressors are all around us. As we stress, our adrenal glands begin working overtime, and this leads to zigzagging hormone levels. An increase in hormone production leads to an increase in oil production, and this cases acne. However, by exercising regularly, meditating or utilizing other stress coping techniques, you can improve your health as well as reduce acne breakouts.
Change Your Skin Care. If you experience regular acne breakouts, you may want to consider investing in a different skin care line. Not all age-appropriate skin care systems tackle every issue, and you may need something with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide to fight those pesky blemishes. Additionally, if you under- or over-moisturize your skin, then you’re messing with natural oil production which is another common cause of acne.
Speak with a Doctor. Painful cystic acne (the kind which develops deep below the skin’s surface) is a common concern for many adults, and may not be treatable with over the counter or topical medications. Speak with a dermatologist about other options, such as a prescription drug. Additionally, what you think is acne may actually be another issue that your healthcare professional could quickly identify, diagnose and treat.
Above all, don’t lose hope. Suffering from adult acne can be uncomfortable and embarrassing, but you’re certainly not alone. By trying the above tips, you may be able to kick your zits once and for all.