Determine which adult acne causes are affecting you so you can treat it properly, clear your skin, and get on with your life!
Adult acne can be very persistent, and often happens suddenly. Deep pimples and cysts, especially in the chin area are common.
(After reading this page find out the best treatments here)
The acne symptoms (pimples, cysts and breakouts) are inflammation reactions caused by an excess of sebum and dead skin cells (see what is a pimple?), but if it was only that simple certain topical treatments would work perfectly.
But we need to get below this, what is causing the increase in sebum, dead skin cells and inflammation in the first place? Especially those deep blind pimples or cysts that seem to emerge from the depths of your skin?
The answer: hormones.
Below is a perfect description of exactly how important they are:
"Hormones are your body's chemical messengers. They travel in your bloodstream to tissues or organs. They work slowly, over time, and affect many different processes." Quote - Medline
This highlights the direct relationship hormones have with our largest organ, our skin.
"Hormones are powerful. It takes only a tiny amount to cause big changes in cells or even your whole body."
Now it's fairly easy to see why so many teenagers suffer from acne. Their hormones are going crazy and this often manifests in their skin. The male hormone Androgen in particular is responsible for oil production and skin cell turnover.
But what about us adults? Aren't we supposed to be over that?!
Adult hormonal changes are influenced for different reasons. Taking these into consideration makes treatment much more successful.
Adult acne is getting more and more common. You have to wonder if it has to do with our increasingly unnatural and modern lifestyles.
Disrupted sleep patterns, high levels of stress, refined foods and sedentary lifestyles - all disrupt our body's natural equilibrium (hormonal balance):
How do you know if your skin is breaking out due to hormones? Here are a few suggestions:
There are ways to help keep hormones balanced (beyond just 'more sleep' and 'exercise') - see this page for the best treatment options.
If acne is a big problem for you please see your doctor who can perform tests and give you specific guidance.
Below are external reasons you may be suffering from acne. These are definitely worth looking into first as they can at least contribute to the underlying condition and are easier to treat!
External causes can be pinpointed to outside factors, the most common:
Some causes may be obvious to you now. However, while it's extremely beneficial to find out the main cause of your acne condition, it's not essential. Certain treatments, products and lifestyle changes can be all you need without really figuring 'why' you were made to suffer.
But to really know what to attack, try the following very beneficial exercise:
I highly recommend keeping a log or journal for at least 1 week, ideally 1 month. Record:
1) Your daily diet (this can be surprising once it's on paper!)
2) Sleep patterns, tiredness, energy levels
3) Your skin - new breakouts you notice and how long they last. Excess oiliness or dryness etc.
4) Anything you think is significant (alcohol, a stressful time, change in environment etc)
After a month you will definitely see patterns and these become invaluable to you.
After all this, whether you've determined what is most likely causing your acne or not, the most important thing is treating it successfully so you can get clear skin and get on with your life.
You can take principles from the above causes and combine them with proven treatments for the best approach.
That's exactly what this next article is about: