Our troubles and immaturity from our teen years are long gone: we’ve gotten over our insecurities, half of our goals we’ve already reached, and somehow, we are stable financially, emotionally, socially—but for some reason, when you look into the mirror, you are reminded of the breakouts you used to have when you were 16 because they have left several acne scars on your face that are screaming for some treatment. And now that you are older, you know your skin is less able to heal and recover, “Aging causes our skin to be less elastic and weaker. When we were younger, an acne wound can heal in just less than 2 weeks, but now that we are over 30, we need to exert extra effort to help our skin bring back its natural glow,” said Dr. Emma Parsons, a dermatologist who has done several successful acne scar treatment to her patient over the years in Singapore.
You might be wondering, what causes acne in the first place? “Mainly the overproduction of oil; blocked hair follicles that don’t allow the aforementioned oil to leave the pore, which often results in a clogged pore; and the growth of bacteria inside the hair follicles called P. acnes. However, along with the above factors and genetics, which plays a role in how your body reacts to different hormones in your body and can cause acne, there are certain patterns you could be repeating on a daily basis that can cause you to break out or can even exacerbate your already annoying issue,” wrote Carly Cardellino for Cosmoplitan online magazine in the article titled 13 Surprising Reasons You Keep Breaking Out.
There are several reasons for getting acne, whether you are an adult or a teenager. Here are some of them:
- Too much consumption of dairy products: Yes, drinking milk and eating chocolate contribute to those breakouts. Try to eliminate dairy products in your diet for at least 2 weeks and see if any positive changes occur.
- Touching your face often: Our hands get bacteria from holding different things all the time. So touching our face often means transferring those bacterias right on our unsuspecting faces. Refrain from doing so, and expect good results afterwards.
- Lack of sleep: There have been studies showing how one’s inability to get at least 6 hours of sleep regularly can cause those breakouts. Our skin needs enough rest to rejuvenate and be revived—and refusing to give that much needed 8-hour sleep nourishment can take its toll on you. Strive to get have a better sleeping pattern by not staying up late beyond 10 p.m. turning off all gadgets that often keep you from taking a much needed slumber. While some studies show that 6 hours is fine, still, try to make it 8 hours. For sure, you’ll notice some changes.
- Oily skin: Unfortunately, an oily skin can be the culprit to those ugly acne too. Oil in our skin can clog the pores, and oil on our faces can become breeding ground of bacteria that later on causes blemishes to appear. It is very important to wash the face in the morning and before bedtime with non-comedogenic skin care products to regulate the possible clogging. If you are using a particular skin care product, stick to it for a month before using something else to see its full effectiveness. However, if you are getting rashes, stop using it as you may be allergic to the product.
- Stress: If you are already of age and have passed your awkward years, it is likely that the breakout is not caused by some strange puberty-related matters. It might be because your work is too stressful that even your skin is resenting the stress you constantly have to battle with. You might want to dial down on being too much of a workaholic and try to achieve a work-life balance. Do things that relaxes you often like perhaps travelling once in a while, watch some good movie that makes you laugh, and connect more with people you love like family and friends. Stress management is very essential in a lot of aspects of our life.
- Menstrual Cycle: For women, sudden appearance of zits, blackheads, and sometimes a group of pimples taking over the lovely face often is a big signal that it’s that time of the month when red is more than just a color. The breakout during this time is quite normal but still, it can bum you out if it happens all the time. “Taking Vitamin B-6 daily one week prior to your cycle will help regulate hormonal imbalances, which can lead to breakout. Calcium-magnesium supplements can also help when taken during this time. It’s also advisable to use an antibacterial skin care products such as AHA/BHA Cleansing Gel or BHA Clarifying Serum during the time when you know that you’ll get blemishes,” advised the article 11 Common Causes For Acne And Blemishes From Skin Care Expert Renee Rouleau.