What Triggers Acne?

First, many of thought acne and breakouts will only happen during our teen years. That was somewhat of a good news for many. But then, experts unfortunately announced it also happens to menopausal women. Now, new studies show that this problem occurs even to women in their 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s. WHAT???!!!

CONCLUSION: There seems to be no escaping acne.

Are you done groaning? (If not, groan if you have to. You have all the right!) If yes, let’s try to move on and deal with things we can no longer change. How? By understanding what causes acne. This knowledge will arm us with the necessary tool to prevent acne breakouts in the future. Hormonal factors are often to blame for this unsightly problem so read on to know what you can do to prevent triggering a breakout.

The Common Triggers of Acne

Excess Production of Oil
Acne occurs when our hormones trigger our oil glands to produce more oil. While we can’t do much to influence hormonal changes, what we can do is prevent our oil glands from producing excess oil on days that our hormones are not giving us problems. How? By regularly moisturizing. If our skin is dry, our oil glands try to compensate for the lack of moisture and produce more oil. So please, don’t give your glands a reason to produce extra oil. This tip is especially helpful for adult women suffering from acne. Mature women are prone to having dry skin so common topical acne treatments that can dry the skin out are no longer advisable.

Skin Inflammation
Skin inflammation occurs when the body’s immune system is trying to get rid of foreign substances or the irritating compounds that these substances produce. When these elements block pores, blackheads, whiteheads and pimples appear. To prevent inflammation, you should include foods in your diet that have anti-inflammatory prowess. Fruits and vegetables are loaded with nutrients having anti-inflammatory properties. The same is true with nuts and fatty fish.

Dead Skin Cells
It’s normal for our skin to remove dead skin cells to make way for new ones. However, if these are not removed properly, they can build up on your skin and block pores. Again, blocked pores often lead to acne formation. Exfoliate regularly to aid in the removal of dead skin. Do this only once or twice a week though so as not to damage the skin from getting over scrubbed.

Hormonal Changes
Our bodies experience hormonal changes often. It can be attributed to age, to stress or to the kinds of food we eat. Oral contraceptives have been found to effectively clear acne in women as these influence the levels and activities of hormones that trigger this problem. However, consulting your doctor is the ideal solution rather than self-medicating.

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