Hands up who thought you’d reach 20 and then never have to buy spot cream again? Well, sadly, that’s a huge myth for an increasing number of adults who struggle with acne. Perfect skin is a pipe dream, life without foundation a fantasy.
In a sense, adult acne can be all the more confusing to treat, too, as there are several factors that could cause a flare-up. Medium to severe acne should always be looked at by a medical professional, but those still bemused by a monthly smattering of spots could find that their skin condition improves if they take certain steps to improve their health and wellbeing.
Here are a number of factors that could be aggravating your skin – and how to counter them.
Poor Sleep And Overtiredness
Not getting enough sleep increases your stress levels, makes it more difficult to maintain a stable mood and can even cause cravings for sugar-filled carbs and caffeine. All of these things reap havoc on troubled skin, so make an effort to get into a regular bedtime routine aiming for seven-to-nine hours a night. Trouble dozing off? Take a bath or shower, do some light exercise, read or listen to sleep meditations.
Diet And Digestion Issues
If you’re getting spots in that troublesome bit of skin between your eyebrows or along your jawline, it may be an indication that the problem lies in your gut. Whether you’ve been drinking excessively, indulging in refined foods, suffer from IBS or even have a slight food allergy, it’s worth exploring. Try adding more soluble fibre to your diet, foods rich in vitamin E like almonds and avocados, and fish rich in omega 3 oils like salmon.
Not Drinking Enough Water
And also slamming too much caffeine and alcohol. You’ve heard the advice over and over, so now its time to pay attention. When your body is dehydrated, your skin becomes limper and drier, and it overproduces oil to counter-act the sudden change in condition. You’ll find this type of acne most readily appears on your forehead, so if this is you, increase your consumption of water and see if it makes a difference.
You’re Hormones Are All Over The Place
Those big, juicy mounds that appear on your chin or around your mouth around your period aren’t there for their own amusement. Hormones, as they did in your teen years, continue to mess with your skin during adulthood. If you think a hormone imbalance may be causing your sudden spate of acne, talk to your GP about the various treatments there could be available to you – and to make a proper assessment.
Your Pillows, Brushes, Phones Are Dirty
Foreign bacteria is a gift to acne, helping to spread infections all over your face. So make sure you keep everything that is in contact with your face as clean as possible. Wipe down dressing table surfaces, change your pillow cases often, clean your make-up brushes and clean your mobile phones.
And while you’re at it…
Improve the quality of the foundation or cover-up you’re using to conceal your acne and improve your skintone. There’s no need to go without make-up if you don’t feel confident enough to do so, but opting for water-based foundations that are non-comedogenic (doesn’t clog pores) and even contain and anti-bacterial treatment is advised.