My skin is changing…what the heck is going on!?
What are all these pimples all over my chin and forehead? Why am I getting more blackheads… I never had issues with pimples when I was a teenage… so what gives now!? I take care of my skin, wash my face every night, wash it after ever run, use moisturizer, toners… everything you’re supposed to use. I eat a pretty clean diet (chocolate counts as part of a balanced diet, right?), exercise daily and am on a very low dose of birth control. But ever since I entered my late 20s… these zits seem to just loooove to hang out on my face. So, I finally did some research and it turns out it is actually pretty normal to get “adult acne” in your late 20s to early 30s thanks to the wonderful process of aging.
“About a third of women will get adult acne, usually in their early 30s, even if they didn’t have breakouts when they were younger,” says Beverly Hills dermatologist Dr. Stuart Kaplan. “Starting in your late 20s, estrogen levels decline faster than testosterone.” Because testosterone is an androgenic hormone, it increases masculine qualities (hence the new facial hair) and boosts oil production, plugging your pores and causing blemishes. The difference between adult acne and the teenage type? Small red bumps (not painful, cystic pimples) are more common when you’re older, according to Kaplan, and acne along the jawline or around the mouth are a telltale sign that you’re dealing with a hormonal breakout.
I have however found somethings that do help reduce the amount of breakouts or the frequency of the breakouts.. so I decided to share them with you!
I have read that going on the birth-control pill can balance hormone levels and reduce breakouts….but for some people… like me, you will get pimples regardless. There are a lot of less extreme options out there… so here we go!
A lightweight sunscreen that isn’t too oily is key. Sunscreen is essential for preventing skin cancer and slowing down premature aging do to sun exposure. However it is a bit of a double edge sword because it clogs your pores as well as protects your skin. I use Kinesysactive, woman specific sunscreen!
It’s true… in our late 20s and early 30s you are already probably thinking about using an anti-aging cream or something along the lines of one (I didn’t mean for that pun to be there 😉 ). But if you suffer from adult acne… I recommend cutting the heavy creams. I am so guilty of wanting to lather my face in yummy, thick moisturizer but heavy creams can clog your pores and make you more prone to breakouts. Pick a lighter weight cream, preferably with mostly natural ingredients so you aren’t putting chemicals all over your face. I find the more natural the products I use, the better controlled my breaks out.
Spot your products:
It is possible that your whole face doesn’t need moisturizer… If your fore-head is particularly greasy, perhaps be more skimpy with the moisturizer some nights on that particular area. When dealing with a breakout I actually skip the moisturizer all together until it has cleared up.
Try a mask:
I am a huge fan of facial masks but only once a week as it can dry the crap out of your face. But a mask is an amazing way of cleansing out your pours and refreshing your skin. I am a big fan of Aroma flor organic products… http://aromaflor.com/en/
Check your diet:
A diet high in refined sugars and unhealthy fats promotes inflammation in the body… including in the skin and can lead to breakouts. See if there is anything you can easily cut out of your diet.
Lower your stress:
Stress is one of the worst things for you and we are finding out more and more all the ways it can affect our bodies. Your skin is exempt from the effects of stress… stress actually causes fluctuations on your hormones which can lead to an increase in oil production in your skin which can lead to breakouts… try some yoga, essential oils, curling up with a book at night instead of your phone, or taking a vacation. Stress is a silent killer and acne is just one of things it can cause!
I hope these littles tips can help reduce your super fun, teenage reminiscing, zits…!