Adult Acne Can Be Fixed
If you are one of the 40-80% of adults who experience acne, you may be interested to know that there is A LOT you can do to help heal it!
Acne doesn’t only look like the typical red, painful, puss-filed skin of a teenage face- acne can come in many forms, including:
Blackheads | Whiteheads | Papules (Small red or pink bumps that become inflamed) | Pustules (Pimples containing pus) | Fungal acne (Occurs when an excess of yeast develops in the hair follicles. They can become itchy and inflamed) | Nodules (Solid, deep, large and painful pimples) | Cysts (Pus-filled pimples than can cause scars)
Why Do Adults Get Acne?
You may know that teenagers tend to develop acne because of hormonal changes related to growth. Since adults are fully grown, why do so many of us experience acne?
In many ways, adult acne is still related to hormonal changes. However, these hormonal changes are mostly brought on by food, stress, and menstrual cycle changes, rather than puberty, when it comes to adult acne.
Researchers say foods high in fat, sugar, and dairy ingredients can raise the risk of adult acne. Foods such as milk chocolate, french fries, and sugary drinks are among those that can increase acne risk, and studies have found that those without acne tend to eat more of the good stuff (like vegetables, meat, and dark chocolate- not milk chocolate). Researchers also suggest that the reason comes down to insulin- these types of food all causes a rise in levels of circulating insulin to combat the associated glucose spoke. High levels of insulin promotes inflammation, stimulates cell production and inhibits cell death, which all play into the development of acne. In addition, an increase in insulin levels also encourages the production of hormones that produce sebum, which can cause acne.
Stress often seems unavoidable as an adult. Weather it’s pressure at work, deadlines, family commitments, social-life drama, or the standard existential crisis about the human existence, stress is extremely common! When it comes to our skin, stress produces a range of hormones linked to the development of acne, such as cortisol and androgens. These hormones stimulate the oil glands and hair follicles in the skin, which can lead to acne.
INFLAMMATION AND LYMPHATIC STAGNATION
Inflammation is frequently cited as one of the major causes of acne in adults, which can stem from a range of factors including diet, topical skin products and makeup, pollution, types of clothing, some medications, weather conditions and pollution, and stress. These internal and external factors have all been shown to contribute to inflammation and lymphatic system stagnation, which can compromise our inner filtration process and result in increased toxins and inflammatory by-products begging carried around our blood and lymph, which can end up directly impacting our skin.
4 Tips To Help Fix Adult Acne!
In order to treat adult acne, we must address the factors that contributed to its onset. Here are 4 key tips to help clean up your acne and promote smooth, glowing skin!
1. Clean Up Your Diet
Remove from your diet all of the foods associated with the onset of adult acne (foods high in fat, sugar, and dairy ingredients, including fries, milk-chocolate, and sugary-drinks), and instead nourish yourself with real, whole foods! Eating a balanced, nutritious diet with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables (especially those rich with vitamin C and beta carotene- related to healthy collagen and glowing skin), fresh seafood, plant protein, nuts and seeds, helps to reduce the risk of adult acne by balancing out insulin and sebum levels, reducing inflammation, and supporting collagen health for radiant skin!
2. Get On Top Of Your Stress:
Everyone experiences stress in different ways, and because of different factors in their lives, so it;s important to sit down and take a moment to reflect on your stress. Determine the top causes of your stress and techniques to combat them. Maybe that means setting boundaries, doing some chores in advance, or changing your work routine. We recommend that everyone should have a handful of stress-management practices to help ‘fill up their cup’ every week in order to increase our tolerance to stress. This may involve gardening, cooking, painting, journaling, breathwork, yoga classes, surfing, or anything else that brings you joy!
3. Support Lymphatic Flow!
As explained earlier, a stagnant lymphatic system can cause a build-up of toxins that are moved throughout the blood and lymph directly to our skin. Our lymphatic systems lack an internal pump, therefore, they require some extra support to keep from stagnating!
-Exercise: Continuous muscle contractions are known to help lymphatic flow
-Clean diet: See our tips above- these will also help support healthy lymphatic flow
-Physical touch: specific lymphatic massages, drainage techniques, and dry skin brushing, can all help support healthy lymphatic flow.
-Certain herbal medicines: There are a handful of herbs that are specific for supporting healthy lymphatic flow and reducing inflammation.
4. Clean Up Your Environment:
We mentioned earlier that a range of other factors can influence your levels of inflammation, which can trigger acne. Spend some time going through the different rooms in your home and prioritising natural ingredients and materials. For example: In the kitchen, use only natural cleaning sprays, avoid plastic food wrappings, and avoid food additives and preservatives, and in your bedroom, opt for linen and other natural fabrics for your clothing and bedding (hot tip: polyester is actually made from plastic, which can cross the skin barrier when worn!).