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Tips for Adult Acne and Why Is Adult Acne on the Rise? Increasing numbers of women are dismayed to discover they didn’t leave acne behind when they finished high school. Yes, it might seem like a cruel joke, but it’s possible to have pimples and wrinkles at the same time. In fact, 54 percent of women over 25 experience some acne. And the numbers are expected to increase, with some skin care experts calling the increase in outbreaks in adult women “an epidemic.”

What’s behind the rise in problem pimples?

Although we tend to associate acne with the angst-ridden adolescent years, in actuality many of the factors that contribute to teenage acne are still at play in older women’s lives. In particular, stress and hormonal fluctuations can wreak havoc on our skin – and many women these days do experience that magical combination of hormonal changes and lifestyle stress.

Stress and acne: a vicious cycle

The relationship between stress and breakouts can quickly become a vicious cycle. When our bodies feel stress, our adrenal glands respond by producing more of the stress hormone cortisol, as well as small amounts of testosterone. These can cause the oil glands in the skin to produce more sebum, which can raise the risk of skin infections and pimples. Of course, when we notice pimples appearing, we feel more stress. Add to that the fact that many of us can’t resist the temptation to pick and spread any bacteria present, and you have the formula for ongoing acne outbreaks.

The emotional and financial burden of adult acne

Finding a solution for adult acne can feel like a quest for the impossible. Consider this: Acne costs Americans an astounding $15 billion a year in related products and services. Perhaps ironically, we seem to be surrounded by skin care marketing that promises to clear up all skin issues and restore a flawless, youthful glow. But many of these products can actually worsen inflammation.

It all adds up to frustration. It’s no wonder that 95 percent of people with acne say the skin condition has affected their lives, with 63 percent citing lower self-confidence.

How can you treat adult acne?

The simple truth is that treatment has to start from within. Instead of seeking a “magic bullet” skin cream, it’s often best to start with a bit of self-reflection. For example, try tracking outbreaks to see if they coincide with your hormonal cycle, with other symptoms, with specific foods, or with stressful periods in your life.

Reduce stress to tackle breakouts

Think of ways you can reduce the stressors around you. Yoga and meditation have been proven to reduce stress, and ayurvedic tradition holds that many yoga poses can help with acne.

In addition, don’t forget one of the most essential parts of stress management: adequate sleep! To keep your skin extra fresh while you sleep, make sure your pillow cases are always clean.Adult Acne

The food you eat affects your skin

Much research remains to be done on the impact of diet on acne, but it’s been confirmed that the quality of the food we eat is reflected in our skin. Ultimately, you’re the best test study for which foods affect your complexion, since people can react differently to various foods. Keeping a food diary and reviewing it with your healthcare practitioner is a good starting point.

A sensible approach is to eat a healthy, whole-foods based diet, opting for antioxidant-rich foods whenever possible. Yes, that can include dark chocolate! Antioxidants can reduce inflammation and destroy harmful free radicals.

In addition, studies have shown the following nutrients may have a positive effect on the health of your skin:
• Zinc: The anti-inflammatory properties of zinc can help relieve the irritation of acne. Some research shows that taking a zinc supplement can even reduce acne scars. Zinc can also be applied topically, but it usually won’t be as effective. When it comes to your diet, zinc rich foods include beef and shellfish, especially oysters, and vegetarian sources like hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, beans, nuts, and whole grains.
• Omega-3 Fats. Not only do omega-3 fats soothe inflamed skin thanks to their antioxidant properties, they can also help regulate hormones. Omega-3 fats can be found in nuts, flax, hemp seeds, and many types of fish. Supplements containing fish oil or a vegan blend are also an excellent way to benefit from the acne-fighting powers of Omega-3. It might seem as if oil will make acne worse, but remember that the goal is to tackle hormonal imbalance, and healthy fats are vital building blocks for hormones.
• High fiber foods. Eating food with a lot of fiber can help control your blood sugar by slowing down sugar absorption and keeping you fuller longer. This helps to curb acne breakouts since healthy blood sugar levels can influence cortisol production. Aim for plenty of green veggies with each meal!
• Stay Hydrated. You may have noticed that your skin loses some luster when you’re dehydrated – It’s important to drink plenty of water to keep your skin cells healthy and nourished.
• Green Tea. In addition to water, don’t hesitate to pour yourself a cup of green tea. Studies show green tea can decrease sebum production. Plus, this delicious beverage is high in antioxidants!

Acne creams that work

A more natural approach to moisturizing and nourishing your skin may be helpful, as many people react to the chemicals, perfumes and preservatives in skin creams. Natural oils such as Jojoba, which has similar properties to the sebum produced by your skin, may work better to keep your oiliness in check than the drying benzoate creams of your youth.

Be cautious when adding essential oils to your regimen as some can be a little harsh on sensitive skin. Talk to your healthcare provider for guidance if you are having difficulty finding the right skincare solution. A number of effective remedies are available, but you want to make sure to pick a treatment that works for your particular skin.

Hormonal Adult Acne

Treating adult acne at the root cause can help you deal with this often-frustrating issue in a more permanent way, and often the more stubborn cases come down to a hormonal imbalance. Whether you’re in your 20’s or firmly in perimenopause, working with an Integrative medical practitioner or Naturopath can help you look at your full hormonal picture, and find the right plan to bring your hormones, and your skin, back in balance.

What worked in high school for clearing up your pimples might not be as effective as an adult, because as we get older the reasons for breakouts change. So if you see pimples developing, remain calm and take a focused look at the lifestyle factors that could be contributing.

If you have done what you can and are ready for professional analysis and guidance on skin-friendly treatments, come into the office! Together we can look at your diet, coping mechanisms, and other possible contributors. Adult acne doesn’t have to be frustrating.

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Think about it – skin is our largest organ but its health is constantly in danger! Whether we’re talking about exposure to sun/wind/cold, stress, pollution, poor nutrition, or even just the simple reality of aging, our skin is in a constant battle for health and radiance. We all want radiant skin.

So, how does it stand a chance? How can we help our skin remain healthy, even with all these odds stacked against us?

The answer is simple – care about your skin! It deserves your attention, your respect, your consideration. Whether it needs more help in the way of healing acne, limiting the effects of aging, rejuvenating dry areas, limiting oiliness, or managing any of the host of other skin conditions we see everyday, remember – you deserve to take care of your skin!

If you’ve always wanted your skin to be healthy, balanced, and radiant, check out our top 5 tips on how to protect and pamper your fragile, beautiful self!

  1. DIET – Think anti-inflammatory

You may already know that inflammation is the root of many BIG diseases, but did you know it is also at the root of many challenging skin conditions such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis? So reducing your intake of inflammatory foods means increased health all over – inside, as well as on the surface of your skin! Give your body at least 4-8 weeks to adjust and respond to an anti-inflammatory diet; then you should begin to see an improvement in your skin’s health.

  1. WATER – Drink up!

Water has an amazing impact on our body – in fact, our bodies wouldn’t function at all without water! But even being a little deprived can impact the way our bodies work – a good, consistent flow of water helps flush our system and effectively distribute nutrients to all our organs and sub-systems. Particularly if you’re struggling with chronic skin conditions, it’s vital you invest in helping your body stay healthy and rid of toxic residues.

Remember – staying hydrated doesn’t have to mean sipping on a water bottle every moment of the day; there is water in everything you eat and drink! (Juices, and fruits and vegetables are the best if you’re looking for healthy, hydrating menu options.) Make it a habit to appropriately fill your diet with nutrient-dense foods and never making yourself wait when you feel thirsty – listen to your body, respond to your body, support your body.

Now, right about now you may be getting ready to run to the store and pick up a mega-sized water jug (or perhaps pull out that one left in the back of the cupboard from your high school football days?). Before you jump to that extreme, consider this – there is no special quantity of water that is right for everyone to stay hydrated everyday in every circumstance. If you’re looking for a general rule to follow though, the latest research suggests that women can safely consume 2.7 liters (91 ounces) of water in a day (across all foods and drinks), and mean can safely consume 3.7 liters (125 ounces) daily. So say good-bye to the age-old “you should drink 8, 8-ounce glasses of water every day” and learn to respond to your individual body’s needs for water and hydration.

  1. GLUTATHIONE IV – It’s Time to Detox

Glutathione is a super antioxidant that is made by your own body! Consuming amino acids, in combination with special treatments provided by medical professionals, can help boost your Glutathione levels, in turn boosting your body’s ability to flush toxins, and encourage clearer, brighter, more vibrant skin (with no unpleasant side effects!). While topical brighteners may get the job done, they are notorious for inflaming, discolouring, and irritating skin, sometimes even leading to hyperpigmentation and long-lasting damage. Give us a call to discuss how we can work together to heighten your Glutathione levels and give your skin a natural brightening.

  1. ACUPUNCTURE – Your Face Will Thank You

Acupuncture is just for the body, right? Wrong! Contrary to popular understanding, acupuncture is a fabulous treatment for your face (when administered by a medical professional). Facial acupuncture has been proven to relieve facial skin of congestion, and stimulate improved circulation and collagen production.

In addition, facial acupuncture relaxes and smoothes wrinkles in key areas like around the eyes and across the forehead. Saggy skin? A thing of the past. Acupuncture can even help balance out pale or red-ish skin. So pause before you invest in those colour correctors or injectables – try this natural anti-aging, cosmetic treatment first. You won’t be disappointed!

  1. HYALURONIC ACID – Water Loving

A lot of the ways we’ve encouraged you to take care of your skin starts inside – with the things you eat, the beverages you drink, and the ways you flush your system. But there are also important ways you can care for your skin from the outside! Treating your largest organ well, inside and out, is the best way to foster a healthy lifestyle and see real results.

Hyaluronic Acid is a hydrophilic (water-loving) chemical that is built right into our bodies (primarily right in our eyes and joints). It’s like a natural moisturizer – it’s hydrating properties have been used to treat everything from cataracts and arthritis, to dry eyes. So it should be no surprise that we want to encourage you to use Hyaluronic Acid right on your skin, too!

As we age, our skin’s ability to preserve moisture slows down – that’s why we start to notice sagging, wobbling, and limpness in so many areas. Hyaluronic Acid, however, has the ability to hydrate and nourish skin to help it not only look but truly feel softer, smoother, and more radiant. (Already using topical skin-care products or anti-aging creams? Check the labels – we bet you’ll find Hyaluronic Acid on the list!) Combine using Hyaluronic Acid with wearing an appropriate SPF-level sunscreen, and you’ll see some fabulous results as your skin is gradually healed and replenished.

With these 5 tips in mind, let us leave you with just 1 more – enjoy the process! Skin care doesn’t always have immediate results, but it doesn’t have to be a chore. In fact, taking care of your skin should feel rewarding and rejuvenating!  Treat yourself to a little pampering now and your skin will thank you. Ask how we can help you achieve glowing skin from the inside out.