While teenagers are most commonly affected by acne, adults can get it too. But we’ve got good news for you: with proper lifestyle changes and professional treatment of acne, you can say hello to healthier skin!
Acne comes in various forms such as blackheads, whiteheads, papules, pustules, cysts, and nodules. They don’t just appear on the face but on the back, chest, neck, shoulders, upper arms, and buttocks as well. And as mentioned above, anyone can get it. Anyone.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, a clogged pore in the skin causes the appearance of acne. The clog begins with dead skin cells that rise to the surface of the pore. The body produces sebum, which is oil that keeps the skin from drying out. Dead skin cells then stick together inside the pore and can be trapped inside. Bacteria, which thrive on the skin, can get inside the pore – the perfect environment for them to multiply quickly. This results in the skin being red and swollen. If the inflammation gets deeper, an acne cyst or nodule appears. The good news is that this can all be nipped in the bud by following some of these simple lifestyle changes:
Certain food can cause a spike in blood sugar, boosting insulin. The overproduction of insulin in the bloodstream allows for changes that can lead to the growth of pore-clogging cells. Stick to whole grains, beans, and vegetables, and cut down on carbohydrates such as pasta, white rice, white bread, and sugar.
Stress is definitely one of the main causes of acne outbreaks! Good thing there’s exercise to help cut down on stress. Not only are you burning off unwanted fat, exercise can also increase blood circulation, which sends oxygen to your skin cells and carries waste away. Of course, remember to always take a nice shower after a workout as sweat can irritate skin – and lead to breakouts.
Leukotriene B4 is a molecule that can increase sebum and cause inflammatory acne. Good ol’ Omega-3 fatty acids can control its production; so make an effort to include this in your diet. Omega-3 fatty acids can be found in food such as walnuts, avocados, flaxseed oil, and salmon.
Daily exposure to makeup, sweat, smog, dust, and dirt clogs the pores. If you don’t wash properly, these build up on your skin and fill pores, resulting in unsightly blackheads and pimples. Double cleanse your face thoroughly with a cleansing oil and gentle cleanser twice a day.
Each bodily process depends on how hydrated you are. Water cleanses the liver and kidneys letting the body efficiently excrete hormones, so always drink the recommended eight glasses of water per day. Better hydration, better skin. It’s a win-win.