Unclog your pores once and for all and let your beautiful skin glow.
Grown-up women are not only fending off wrinkles: Studies show they’re battling zits too. But you don’t have to feel as if you’re 30 going on 13! A savvy skin-care regimen—and a few simple lifestyle tricks—will smooth the way.
It’s easy to associate a pimply face with backpacks, braces, and Bieber fans—but things can get spotty later on too. Research from the University of Pennsylvania has found that low-grade, persistent acne is common among women in their twenties, thirties, and forties (yep, that magical time when wrinkles start to appear). While acne may be nonexistent or dormant for years, certain factors—like stress, hormones, and diet—can eventually cause it to surface, with frustrating emotional side effects. “I’ve seen patients shy away from certain situations—they’ve canceled dates and rescheduled meetings at work—because they’re ashamed of their breakouts,” says Joshua Zeichner, M.D., director of cosmetic and clinical research in the department of dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. Because no woman should have to endure extra bumps in the road (or on her face), here’s a simple zit-erasing plan.
When dirt, excess oil, and dead skin cells mingle, they plug the openings of your pores. This allows an army of Propionibacteria living in your sebaceous glands to set up camp, multiply, and create trouble for your skin. Although this pore-clogging process is the same whether you’re 13 or 35, adult acne pops up in different places than the teen kind: “It typically appears on the jawline, chin, and neck, as opposed to the forehead, cheeks, and nose,” says Zeichner.
Studies have traced the cause of acne to one thing: hormonal fluctuations. Whether brought on by lifestyle (stress, diet), PMS, pregnancy, or polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), the result is the same—an increase in cortisol (also known as the stress hormone), which gets broken down into testosterone, a male hormone that pumps excess oil through your pores. “When your hormones are out of whack, your skin’s oil production may go into overdrive, causing an acne flare-up,” says Zeichner.
And it doesn’t take a midlife crisis for it to happen. “Even a moderate amount of daily stress—like balancing a career and a social life, or coming home from work and having to cook dinner for your family—is enough to trigger a breakout,” says Ava Shamban, M.D., assistant clinical professor of dermatology at UCLA and author of Heal Your Skin. Smoking can also spark a breakout: A study in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology showed an association between lighting up and adult acne (specifically, whiteheads and blackheads) in women.
Given that the origin of acne goes deeper than your dermis,experts say to nix blemishes, keeping your hormones in check is just as important as following the right skin-care regimen.
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You can live without Acne
The good news is there is a lot you can do to prevent adult breakouts. By using products specially designed for treating acne such as PoreInfusion Acne Care and getting professional treatments from an acne specialist. You are able to beat the battle with acne and enjoy clear acne free skin.
Envision Acne Center has and will provide great success in helping women overcome adult acne by following a safe and simple step-by-step Acne Free Skin Program™.
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