If you think acne plagues only teenagers, think again. Recent statistics show that adult acne is on the rise among women and men in their 20s – 40s and beyond.
What is Acne?
Acne is a common skin condition characterized by blackheads, whiteheads, inflamed red pustules, and painful, puss-filled cysts. Acne results when pores become clogged with dead cells due to an overproduction of skin oil (sebum), which traps dead skin in our pores. This creates an environment in pores that is ideal for the growth of bacteria, causing inflammation and outbreaks.
Why the dramatic rise in adult acne?
Hormonal changes are a big factor, particularly the changes that come with pregnancy, menopause, hormone therapy, or going on and off birth control pills. All cause oil glands to enlarge and produce more sebum.
Rising stress levels is a very significant contributing factor, as anxiety can lead to hormonal changes that jumpstart oil production.
Additionally, as we get older, our skin becomes more sensitive and our pores enlarge. This makes skin tissue less able to tolerate cosmetics and skincare products that clog pores.
Finally, as we age, we also become less able to tolerate certain foods known to spike sebum-producing hormones.
Foods to avoid:
- Coffee, Caffeinated Energy Drinks & Caffeinated Soft Drinks
- Peanuts and Peanut Oil
- Processed Meats
Foods to embrace:
- Whole, Unprocessed Foods
- Natural, Lean Meats
- Fresh Fish
- Fresh Fruits & Vegetables
- Healthy Fats
- Gluten-Free Grains
How to treat adult acne and acne scars?
Schedule a consultation with one of Danik’s licensed Skincare Specialists. He or she will develop a customized treatment plan for addressing active acne or resurfacing skin blemished by old acne outbreaks.