Acne can make us lose some self-esteem. You survived your school years, you survived your teenage life and probably thought you survived all the acne you were going to have. But too bad, nothing as such! Acne can hit you even in adulthood. Adult acne is defined as acne that occurs continuously, or develops after the age of 25.
Acne occurring during adulthood can be due to a variety of factors. Although acne is not similar to acne in your teenage times, the onset of adult acne can take place anywhere on the face.
More often, acne in adults tends to be at specific spots on the lower face area such as on the jawline. Adult acne is usually due to hormonal imbalance and it is more commonly seen in women. Nodulocystic or cystic acne is the hormonal acne that develops with a large, inflamed cyst on the adult face. This acne is undeniably painful. Close to that time of the month for women, hormone regulators produce excess oil in the skin, combined together with the dirt from the environment and wallah – here comes the spots! Unfortunately, women with PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) or women who have no regular menstrual cycles experience adult acne more frequently, due to the hormonal imbalance.
Acne can appear on many areas of the face. Each part of the face corresponds to a different internal system in your body that needs to be looked at. So, by paying attention to this mapping, you can look at what needs help which eventually will assist with improving your complexion.
Face Acne Spot Map
Acne on the forehead could be an indicator to look into your digestive system, or it could also be due to poor stress management and lack of rest.
Between The Eyebrows
This area could be a sign that you might have poor diet management with an excessive oil intake, or ineffective gallbladder functions.
Acne on the nose might be telling you that you have a digestive system that is weak, some constipation and bloating or have a less than ideal fibre intake.
Acne on cheeks are a sign that you might have liver or lung problems, are overeating, or are using dirty makeup brushes or cellphones.
Mouth or Lip Area
This signifies excess of oily foods, high calorie foods and possibly a weak gut.
Worry not! There are ways to soothe your acne
Our skin obviously becomes more sensitive when we have acne. We want to treat the skin gently so it does not cause additional breakouts and we definitely do not want scarring. Here are some tips on how to manage your skin naturally when acne hits:
1. Use “at-home” natural ingredients
There are several ingredients in your kitchen that could help to soothe acne. These are natural at-home remedies are believed to combat acne problems, reduce scarring and prevent acne from coming back. Natural ingredients such as apple cider vinegar (ACV) is known for its wide benefits. While it is also antimicrobial, applying ACV to the skin could help to reduce acne in a short time. Additionally, Kelulut Honey, cinnamon, aloe vera, and turmeric also help with your acne.
2. Proper diet
Diet also plays an important role in your skin condition. Eating healthy whole foods such as fruits and vegetables will help to increase your fibre intake and therefore give you less constipation or gut related issues, thus giving your skin a better chance at breathing.
3. Managing stress
Stress could trigger hormones to regulate more oil in the skin. This will clog pores make us break out even more. This is why management of stress is essential.
4. Balanced hormones
Balanced hormones will help you to get closer to healthier skin and reduce your acne outbursts. Signs like heavy irregular and painful periods, hot flashes, night sweats, indigestion are symptoms that could mean hormonal imbalance. If you are concerned about this, go to your doctor and suggest a blood test. Typically doctors will do a test to check on your hormones levels by testing for things like thyroid, oestrogen, testosterone and cortisol levels.
Acne in adults is more common than we think and it can be very stressful. But with correct management, diagnosis and correct lifestyle it is however possible to prevent acne from getting worse and eventually reduce future outbreaks.
This article has been republished with permission from PurelyB