Acne is considered to be a chronic skin condition, which results in intermittent flare-ups, with the same factors that contribute to adolescent acne also affecting adults. While the exact causes of “middle age” acne are still relatively unknown, there are several ways in which you can cut back on the frequency and severity of your flare-ups, and keep your acne under control.
Higher levels of stress during the “middle age” period of life is extremely common, but, when you are stressed, your adrenal gland sends the stress hormone, cortisol, to go shooting around your body in order to deal with the stress. Each time it does so, it also releases a small amount of testosterone, which then stimulates the oil glands to produce more oil, leading to acne. There are several different ways that you can go about managing your stress levels, from physical exercise to yoga to finding a relaxing hobby, so take the time to ensure that you are able to manage your stress on a regular basis.
Your diet can have a huge effect on adult acne, and while the larger studies may have had a difficult time proving which exact foods play a part in this, there is plenty of anecdotal evidence out there. Some may find themselves breaking out after eating chocolate, while others may experience this after eating fried foods, so it may be worth taking a close look at your diet, and seeing if certain foods correlate with your breakouts. However, sugar is one food that is known to lead to an increase in breakouts, as this raises insulin levels which then triggers the oil-producing hormones, so if your diet is filled with plenty of sugar, then now is the time to re-evaluate this.
Acne flare-ups can be quickly brought on by hormonal fluctuations, and while these may be difficult to control, there may be some factors playing into this that you are not aware of. The birth control pill is known for being able to prevent acne, as it regulates the hormones, and if you are only taking this for three weeks out of the month, then you may notice breakouts around the time that you stop taking the pill. To prevent this, it is possible to take your pill continuously throughout the year, although you should speak to your doctor before beginning to do so.
Studies have shown that over 70% of adults will experience acne at some point between the ages of 20 and 50, and that women are much more susceptible to this than men. While this may seem like a frightening statistic, following these tips will help you to keep any acne to a minimum.