A popular myth about acne is that it only affects adolescents and teens; in actuality, acne is quite common in adults as well. If you have adult acne, you may have tried a variety of so-called solutions that only seem to worsen the state of your skin. To properly manage adult acne, work with a dermatologist and avoid these bad habits and triggers:
- Washing Excessively: While you should wash your face every day to rid it of buildup and debris, dirt is not a direct cause of acne. When washing your face, avoid scrubbing too hard or washing too much, as these practices can further irritate your skin and lead to more breakouts. Instead, use a non-comedogenic cleanser and clean hands to gently wash the face.
- Eating a Poor Diet: Although it’s also a myth that eating junk food is a direct cause of acne, the foods you eat do have an impact on your skin’s health. Choosing the right foods like citrus fruits; dark, leafy greens; and omega-3-rich fish will help to balance your skin and prevent an overproduction of sebum, which clogs the pores. A nutritious diet will also help to keep your hormones in check so that breakouts occur less frequently.
- Holding onto Stress: Everyone faces stress stemming from work, family, and personal matters, and these stresses could be harming your skin as much as your overall wellbeing. Stress has a wide range of negative health effects on the body, including acne, so make time for stress relief every week. Getting a massage or facial, taking a long walk, and having a hot bath are all ways to eliminate stress. Find an activity that works for you and indulge frequently to manage stress levels.
For more information about managing adult acne, contact the dermatologists at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery today. Immediate appointments are available at one of our Tampa offices. To locate an office or doctor near you, please visit Advanced Dermatology online or call us today at (866) 400-3376.