Overcoming Adult Acne

by | Jun 1, 2020 | General, Hormone Health, PCOS | 0 comments

Overcoming Adult Acne

 

Do you suffer from adult acne?

Adult acne can be indicative of many different things. But above all else, it’s just plain frustrating. Do you wake up and stare in the mirror, trying to figure out how to cover it up? And, ultimately feeling hopeless not wanting to leave the house.

So what does this mean?

If you have adult acne as a female, please understand there can be many different causes. Hormone imbalance and diet are two areas I see all the time in my clinic. So there are definitely solutions!

Today, I am going to provide you with a complete skin care toolkit to help you better understand what approach might be best!

Please remember, not every tool may be appropriate for you. It’s always best to work with a healthcare provider if you have questions about what is right for you. 

So let’s get into this! Let’s further discuss some of the main causes of adult acne. 

Causes of Acne

-PCOS

-Excess stress

-Hormone imbalance

-Pregnancy-related hormone changes

-Medications

-Environmental toxins that get trapped in the skin

-Diet 

-Vitamin A deficiency

-Poor skin hygiene 

-Beauty products and skin care products 

This is a long list, so take your time and really observe your day to day life to see if any conditions or environments could be impacting you. 

Now it’s time to check out this toolkit. If you’ve been able to learn more about what your root cause of acne could be, then check out these helpful tips below!

Toolkit for Acne 

Anti-Androgenic Approaches: Spearmint tea has been shown to reduce androgen activity and can help with excessive hair growth and acne breakouts. Oftentimes, in women with PCOS, acne is caused by excess testosterone. This excess testosterone causes sebum to be produced. Excessive sebum production can lead to acne breakouts. 

Proper Skin Care: Tea tree oil facial products have become a popular option for acne. It has antimicrobial benefits and helps to reduce acne and  inflamed lesions.

Proper cleaning, products and make up are all important to look into as well. 

I am no skin specialist, but I’ve had my round of acne and learned a lot about the products that I was using on my skin. It might be helpful to meet with a skin care specialist to learn more about what products are right for your skin. 

Vitamin A Supplementation: Supplementing with vitamin A has been shown to help treat acne. It’s important to note that not everyone should go supplementing with vitamin A. In my clinic, I specifically test for this to see if there is a deficiency. I’ve seen vitamin A deficiencies in clients with acne. This is just another tool to be mindful of. 

Anti-Inflammatory Diet: This word is getting so overused, so just hang in there. Really, anti-inflammatory can look different for everyone. Typically though, when giving up gluten, sugar, dairy, corn and soy – some people may see improvement in acne. Along with added in superfoods like turmeric, berries, leafy greens, nuts and seeds. 

Experimenting with eliminating foods for 30 days to 3 months may be a good indication if diet is playing a role in your acne breakouts. 

Balance Hormonal Swings: Hormonal swings for women with PCOS or during menstrual cycles can lead to acne production. Including foods that support hormonal balance can be helpful. In general, meals should be focused around balancing the blood sugar and insulin. This means protein and high quality fats at every single meal. 

If you need help with diet and hormone regulation, please schedule your complimentary call with me right here!

In addition, here are some specific foods that can help support hormone balance below. 

-Cruciferous vegetables: broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussel sprouts 

-Maca powder

-Flaxseeds 

Stress management: The severity of stress has a direct impact on acne breakouts. Managing stress is easier said than done. However, you can work on reducing stress a little bit each day. I typically recommend deep breathing exercises 3 times a day.That way you are consistently working on regulating the nervous system. It can be as little as 2-3 minutes each time.

Written by Eleni Ottalagana

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