How to Get Rid of Adult Cyclical Acne
If your pimples appear like clockwork every month, you're not alone--acne frequently occurs in cycles, at least for women. Acne is caused by the normal hormonal fluctuations that occur before menstruation and during pregnancy. There are, however, some steps you can take to put a stop to the seemingly endless cycle.
Wash the problem areas twice a day with a mild cleanser. Don't scrub, as this can worsen acne, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Apply cosmetics and sunscreens that are labeled "oil-free" or "noncomedogenic," as these will not clog pores and cause pimples.
Avoid dairy products. A study published in 2005 in the "Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology" by Clement A. Adebamowo, Donna Spiegelman, William Danby, Lindsay Frazier, Walter C. Willett, and Michelle D. Holmes found that teenagers who eat more dairy products tend to suffer more serious acne. The authors speculate that "the association with milk may be because of the presence of hormones and bioactive molecules in milk."
The link between dairy and acne may hold true for adults, too, according to the book "The Clear Skin Diet" by Harvard Medical School doctor Alan C. Logan and nutritionist Valori Treloar. The authors argue that milk from pregnant cows contains hormones that the body converts into testosterone. Testosterone is a hormone that increases the production of oil-like sebum inside the skin's hair follicles, increasing the risk that the follicle will clog and create a pimple.
Avoid foods that are high in sugar and simple starches. According to "The Clear Skin Diet," foods with a low glycemic index boost the body's production of insulin, a hormone that can rev up the body's production of testosterone.
Apply over-the-counter acne creams that contain benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, or sulfur and resorcinol (the latter two typically appear in combination), which are all ingredients that effectively control acne, according to the Mayo Clinic. Apply the cream to a clean face before you go to bed.
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