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I’m not a teenager – why do I still have acne?

Acne is most common among teenagers, though it affects people of all ages.

These factors can trigger or aggravate acne: Hormones. Androgens are hormones that cause the sebaceous glands to enlarge and make more sebum. Hormonal changes related to pregnancy and the use of oral contraceptives also can affect sebum production.

Stress can also be a factor in adult acne, as stress can cause havoc with your hormones too.

Pollution can be another factor, so keep your skin scrupulously clean. Midday, if it is difficult to wash, use a cotton pad and some gentle floral water or witch-hazel.  However, don’t over-cleanse by scrubbing or using harsh products that dry the skin.  This will only make the skin produce more sebum to compensate.

Using a cleansing brush is good and better than your fingertips.

The correct diet can definitely help. A high sugar and/or high fat diet can increase sebum production, one of the main causes of acne.  However, Probiotics help.  So do leafy green vegetables, plenty of fruit (or do some juicing) and ‘clean’ proteins such as fish, walnuts and flaxseed.  Basically you want to eat Omega 3 proteins and avoid Omega 6.

Avoid cow’s milk, sugar, junk and fast food.  Also avoid High-glycaemic foods: These are foods that break down quickly in the body, triggering an insulin spike and raising blood sugar levels. They trigger hormonal fluctuations and inflammation—both of which encourage acne. We’re talking foods like white bread, processed breakfast cereals, white rice, pretzels, potato chips, cookies and cakes, etc. Choose low glycaemic-index foods instead, like vegetables, whole grains, sweet potatoes, and most fruits.

Finally, make sure you are using the right products.  Always tone after cleansing.  Toners help to close the pores and prevent open pores, which are common with oily skin and cane prone skin.

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