At some point in our lives, the idea of acne was thought to be a part of puberty and would be out of our lives as soon as we became adults. Wrong.
Sometimes, it’s a hormonal thing and you can’t do much about it apart from using products, even medicated, to manage it. But more often than not, you get breakouts because of things that you’re putting on your skin, your diet or surroundings. The good news is, those flare-ups can be easily avoided if you know what’s causing them. These are some of the common causes of acne in adults and how you can avoid them.
Using The Wrong Products
Granted, skin products are designed to make your skin better, not worse. But some of them do just that if you’re not using them right. Certain moisturizers that contain mineral oil can cause real problems. While mineral oil is a great moisturizing agent, it can also clog your pores, especially if you’re using too much. Some people are fine with it but others will get regular breakouts when they’re using those products. Silicone is another ingredient found in a lot of products that could cause flare-ups. If you’re struggling with acne, the first thing you should do is try changing your skin products. Look for anything that is labeled as non-comedogenic; that’s just a fancy way of saying that it’s been specifically designed to not clog up your pores. You might notice a huge decrease in the number of breakouts you’re having once you switch. If that still doesn’t help, there’s probably something else going on.
Too Many Spot Treatments
The logical thing to do when you’ve got randoms is to use a spot treatment on them. That’s fine, but if you go overboard you can actually make the problem worse. Those creams can be harsh on the skin and dry it out a lot which will, again, cause it to start producing more oils, just like it does when you’re dehydrated. That will cause more spots to come up after the others go down. Some of them also contain quite harsh chemicals which can burn the top layer of the skin, making the spots look a lot redder than they normally would so they’re a lot harder to conceal. It’s fine to use a little bit of spot cream but often you just have to just wait until they go down naturally and use the other methods on this list to stop more coming up in future.
People often know to look at the products they’re using on their skin because they might be the cause of the acne, but one thing people usually forget is hair products. You’re not applying them directly to your face so most people don’t think they have that much effect, but they do. When you shampoo your hair, it’s still running down over your face and if there is something in there that your skin doesn’t like, it can cause breakouts. You can try changing your hair products but most of them are fairly harsh on the delicate skin on your face so that doesn’t usually work. When you shower, try to lean over to the side so you don’t get too much on your face and always wash your face last so any residue that does get on there is washed away before it can do any damage.
Drinking enough water each day and making sure that you aren’t hydrated is important for so many different reasons, but not a lot of people realize that dehydration plays havoc with your skin. When you haven’t had enough water, your skin will start to dry out. As a way to make up for that lack of moisture, your skin then starts producing more oils. It’s those oils in the skin that get into pores and cause acne. That’s why it’s important that you’re drinking plenty of water every day and using a good moisturizer. If you struggle with drinking the recommended 7 or 8 glasses a day, try switching to fruit infused water instead. It's a great benefit and taste for those who don't like water and it won’t seem like as much of a chore to drink all of those glasses each day. When it comes to moisturizing, it’s best to apply it just after you’ve had a shower, when the skin is still slightly damp.
Eating The Wrong Foods
There are certain foods that you might react badly to and that can cause an outbreak of acne. Spicy foods that contain a lot of tomatoes and peppers are particularly bad because they contain high levels of something called acidic lycopene which is irritating to a lot of people. Beyond that, you might have an allergy to bread or dairy that you didn’t know about. If you’ve tried everything and you just can’t get rid of those spots, it might be worth speaking to your doctor and getting some tests to see if there is anything that you are allergic to.
If you’re struggling with acne and you’ve tried all of the spot treatments out there, you’re probably just making it worse. Try some of these tips instead and you should see an improvement.
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