Most people think that it’s only teens that are afflicted with acne. However, many people develop acne in later years, because of health and hormonal changes. Since acne can occur at any time, it helps to have a few strategies that can help you regain your blemish-free skin, regardless of your age.
Start by consulting with a dermatologist. You may find that your acne is caused by a build-up of dead skin cells, and that a simple exfoliating face wash can help resolve the problem. Additionally, your dermatologist may ask you about your sleeping habits and the type of bedding you use. If you get too warm during the night, and use bedding fabrics that do not handle moisture well, your bedding could be causing blocked pores and excess oil that triggers acne.
Become more familiar with your skin type. Sometimes, skin types change as we grow older, and oily skin may need a different kind of treatment to get rid of acne. A teen that has very oily skin is probably used to using strong, oil-removing products. These are not appropriate for older skin, and in fact, can cause rebound oiliness regardless of how old you are.
Get into the habit of washing your hands more often. Because your hands come into contact with many different surfaces during the day, you may be picking up dirt or bacteria, and then inadvertently transferring it to your facial skin. This is not a large cause of acne, but it could contribute. Additionally, more frequent hand-washing is recommended in general by doctors as a way to prevent illnesses from spreading.
Adjust the foods you eat and see if you notice changes. If you have a wheat or gluten allergy, for example, foods with these ingredients can trigger an inflammatory response in your digestive system. Over time, the lining of your stomach breaks down, and food particles escape into your system. Your skin is one of your largest excretory organs, and poor digestion can lead to acne breakouts.
Add regular exercise to your routine. When you work up a sweat, you cause your skin to excrete toxins, dirt, oil and anything else that could be blocking your pores and causing acne. Make sure to cleanse your skin afterward.
Keep your stress levels down to avoid acne breakouts. Stress can lead to digestive problems, and your body uses up much larger amounts of vitamins and nutrients while you are stressed. If you become deficient in certain types of nutrients, this can trigger acne.
Sometimes, even the best diet, lifestyle and stress control cannot fight off a blemish. In this case, learn how to conceal a blemish so that it does not become a focal point on your face. This includes treatments to reduce the inflammation, astringents such as witch hazel to reduce redness and tighten skin, and creams formulated especially to kill any bacteria and help resolve the blemish quickly. Additionally, a camouflage make-up in your natural skin tone can help in an emergency.
Although you may be embarrassed to face the world with acne on your facial skin, remember that no one is immune, and millions of people live with it every day. By trying some of the above tips, you might just find that you have found the answer to clear, nice-looking skin and more confidence in your appearance.
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