When you became an adult and started having kids of your own, you probably thought you would never have to deal with acne again. Right? Wrong! Many adults develop acne later in life, for a variety of reasons. Here is why you might have acne and what to do about it.
The key to preventing and treating acne is to understand what it is. Acne breaks out on your face in the form of pimples, white heads, and black heads. Regardless of underlying causes of higher amounts of sebum, these natural oils combined with bacteria and debris provide the perfect storm for acne of all types to develop. Therefore, it stands to reason that decreasing the amount of oil on the skin is the most prudent course of action.
Perimenopause, menopause, and andropause
Both women and men undergo certain hormonal changes as they get older. As women near the end of their childbearing years, they enter a phase called perimenopause, during which hormones fluctuate wildly and cycles become irregular and further and farther between. When there has been no cycle in 12 months, a woman is considered to be menopausal.
But these hormonal changes aren’t limited to women. Men can also experience decreases in testosterone that can cause big issues. In either case, someone with fluctuating hormonal levels is bound to have more sebum production, so you’ll need to up your game to combat oily skin and keep pores clean.
There are certain medications that can cause changes in hormones, and therefore changes in skin and the formation of acne. Most of these medications are ones that people don’t think twice about, such as birth control pills or patches. Other medications that can affect hormones, such as psychiatric medications, can also cause acne.
Diet and exercise
While a poor diet and lack of exercise aren’t going to be responsible for acne, they can contribute to the problem significantly if you are already prone to the condition. Some people have recurring acne throughout their lives, regardless of their place in the cycle of their lifespan. And, in some of these cases, it cannot be fully explained. However, improving diet and exercise has been shown to decrease stress, which also decreases the risk of developing acne.
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