Adult Acne Prevention
One way acne develops is when pores get clogged by dead skin cells. Acne also develops when the sebaceous glands produce too much sebum, or oil, resulting in whiteheads or blackheads. Women are at a higher risk of developing cyclical acne prior to menstruation. Testosterone can cause chronic acne in males. Medications, legal and illicit, are also responsible for breakouts. he top cause of acne is puberty. But if you're past your teens and still suffering from breakouts, there are ways to treat acne before lesions even appear.
The first step to combating breakouts is a comprehensive cleansing and prevention plan. Wash your face twice daily, in the morning and evening, with a cleanser containing salicylic acid. Two or three times a week use an exfoliant scrub to clear pores. These scrubs can be abrasive and typically contain salicylic acid, which is why they should be used sparingly. A spot treatment with benzoyl peroxide won't clear existing pimples, but it will prevent acne from forming. It does, however, dry out skin. So applying benzoyl peroxide to a blackhead or whitehead could help eliminate built-up sebum.
The most important part of a cleansing regiment is to keep it up between breakouts. It will work better to prevent acne from forming rather than eliminating new and developed lesions.
There is a clear connection between stress and acne. When a person is under stress their body produces hormones, including corticoliberin, in the sebaceous glands, which causes the oil-producing glands to become overactive. Unfortunately, you can't just pop a pill to derail stress-related breakouts because some antidepressants also cause acne.
If you believe your acne is stress-related, try some proven anti-stress techniques such as yoga or meditation. Cognitive behavioral therapy is also a proven method for minimizing stress and depression.
The link between diet and acne is a hotly debated subject. But a February 2005 study in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology (JAAD) showed a connection between dairy intake and acne. Lead study author Clement A. Adebamowo looked at more than 47,000 women with severe acne. Those who consumed products such as milk, instant breakfast drinks, sherbet, cottage cheese and cream cheese had a positive association with acne. In December 2007, the Boston Globe published a comprehensive article linking acne to different foods. The dermatologists interviewed for the article, including a spokesperson for the American Academy of Dermatology, reported seeing very impressive results in patients who stopped eating dairy and minimized intake of foods high in sugar and caffeine.
Many medications are known to have acne-causing side effects. Barbiturates, once commonly prescribed for stress and anxiety, androgens, a type of steroid prescribed for a variety of conditions and illness including cancers, and seizure medication can cause breakouts. In many cases your doctor many not be able to substitute your medication, but if you discuss your acne problem with her she may be able to suggest another prevention tool.
Drugs can wreak havoc with cortisol, testosterone and estrogen levels. Marijuana, cocaine and Ecstasy use affects the endocrine (hormone-producing) system, which can cause acne. Anabolic steroids, often abused by bodybuilders, stimulate the sebaceous glands and cause severe acne on the back, chest and shoulders. The obvious solution is to stop using drugs.
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