Adult acne can be an exasperating thing, but the truth is that breakouts can happen at any age. In fact, as skin ages, it can actually become more prone to breakouts. As cell turnover slows and wrinkles create slight ridges in the skin, dead skin cells can build up and get trapped in pores. For this reason, the treatment of adult acne requires a slightly different approach than that of adolescent acne.
When insulin and blood sugar levels elevate, our bodies experience a significant increase in cellular inflammation. This causes acne and other inflammatory diseases to worsen.
Stress, a poor diet, and hormonal fluctuation also aggravate adult acne. Cortisol can stimulate the sebaceous glands to increase oil production and result in breakouts.
When we follow an anti-inflammatory diet, we will see acne decrease in a short period. It is also imperative to eliminate stress as much as possible.
Simple Strategies to Reduce Adult Acne
- Get plenty of sleep. Most adults do not get enough.
- Don’t drink large amounts of coffee.
- Consider learning some simple yoga exercises. Yoga is an outstanding stress reducer, which lowers cortisol levels.
- Drink plenty of water. Make sure you hydrate your skin from the inside out.
- Take Omega 3 and Omega 6 essential fatty acids, as they are rich in linoleic acid and reduce levels of stress chemicals. Raw walnuts and almonds are a great snack full of these essential acids.
- Take targeted nutritional supplements: alpha lipoic acid, DMAE, zinc, pantothenic acid.
- Detox with a watercress salad.
- Add fiber to your diet for an efficient colon. Watercress is a great way to detox your body. Add an apple and some walnuts to your salad for the extra fiber. Delicious!
- Consume plenty of probiotics, such as kefir.
- Add chia seeds to fruit and yogurt for fiber and an Omega 3 punch.
- Eat a can of wild salmon for lunch.
- The real culprit behind adult acne is hormones, and the more abrasively you scrub your skin, the more irritated it will get. Wash your face gently with a mild cleanser.
- Don’t strip your skin of all oils – they are essential to healthy skin. Some oils are good for the skin, such as almond oil.
- Reduce your sugar intake. Glucose breaks down collagen, which makes the skin less supple and imbalanced. This, in turn, increases oil production.
- Dab tea tree oil on the blemish before you go to bed.
Medical Approaches to Adult Acne
If you desire a better complexion fast, both chemical peels and ultraviolet light treatments help diminish the effects of acne and also wrinkles. These treatments can erase fine lines, shrink pores, and reduce oil.
If you want more information on services for a radiant complexion, contact Illuminari MedSpa. We serve clients in Agoura Hills and the surrounding areas.