Acne. It’s one of those unfortunate side effects of being a teenager. However, we typically think that when we get older it will go away. Think again. Studies have shown that acne is the most common skin concern in the U.S., affecting 40-50 MILLION adults. In fact, research shows that 35% of women in their 30s, 26%of women in their 40s an 15% age 50+ battle breakouts. So know that if this is you, you aren’t alone!
Here are three common triggers of adult acne…and skin care treatments that can help!
- Hormonal changes.
Whenever your body experiences a spike in hormones like testosterone, oil production increases…and this can cause clogged pores where bacteria can grow. This eventually can lead to an increase in pimples. This increase in hormones occurs more frequency during pregnancy, premenopause, or just before a woman’s period.
Your mind probably went straight to greasy foods. However, this isn’t necessarily the case! Sugar and simple carbs like pasta, both of which cause a spike in blood sugar, can provoke breakouts. There has also been a link between dairy products and pimples, possibly because of the hormones present in those foods. There has also been a correlation found between the amount of chocolate consume and the number of pimples.
This is a big one for many people! Stress can lead to acne by triggering the body to release cortisol, a hormone that tells your body to produce more pore-clogging oil. Cortisol has also been linked to an increase in belly fat. So it’s no good all around!
If you’re suffering from adult acne you’re probably looking for a way to combat it. Fortunately there are treatments available!
For treatment, we highly recommend Obagi CLENZIderm M.D. This system is clinically proven to penetrate more effectively than leading prescription benzoyl peroxide products.* As a result, this Rx-strength treatment instantly penetrates the pores and begins reducing acne below the skin’s surface, providing a clearer complexion in as early as 2 weeks.
The Obagi Nu-Derm System® also may be a good option for you. The Obagi® Nu-Derm System, a physician-prescribed skin care system, accelerates the cellular turnover. This System penetrates deep to improve damage in layers of the skin. It boosts functions of the skin at the cellular level to improve skin’s cellular function to help it look and act younger and healthier.
To learn more about either of these products or talk to someone about which one may be best for you, contact us today!