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Why Can’t I Get Rid of Acne For Good?

If you’re reading this, you’re possibly in your 30’s or 40’s and you’re still suffering from spots, acne, blackheads and other skin-nasties.  Isn’t it bad enough that you’re developing fine lines and wrinkles to also be plagued with other skin problems?  Isn’t it always the case that you get a huge spot or a break out before a special occasion? We bet you’re thinking surely you should have waved goodbye to spots for good by the time you reached adulthood!  Unfortunately, many women (and men) today still suffer what’s known as adult acne – sometimes even into the very early 50’s. The good news is it will go, eventually and there are things you can do to keep it at bay.

Why Do I Get Acne?

Most people (not just women) age between 11 and 30 (the figure stands at 80%) will be plagued with acne at some point in life so you are not alone so breathe a sigh of relief.  It’s so common and appears on the face but also is found on the back and even chest.  Spots can be blackheads, white heads and deep rooted cysts causing hard lumps under the skin – all of which can lead to scarring so don’t squeeze! 

Acne is mostly linked to hormonal changes and affects glands in the skin causing excess oil (sebum) to develop.  Hormones cause the pores to block with this oil and this in turn causes spots.  You might find that you get break outs before your period, when you ovulate or during times of stress.  Pregnancy can clear up acne completely but it can also cause acne – it just depends on how you react to your hormone levels fluctuating. 

If you are reading this and you are in your early twenties, your acne should disappear by your mid- twenties but plenty of women (and men) still get acne well into adult life, approximately 5% of women and 1% of men.  Other reasons you get acne include family history too. If your parents had acne (or just one parent) you are more likely to suffer.  Additionally, some people never have acne until they reach their 30’s or 40’s – this is known as Late-Onset Acne and comes out of nowhere. It is due to hormonal changes.

How Do I Deal With Adult Acne?

There’s no doubt acne is a troublesome problem but it can be discouraged.  Just because you get spots doesn’t mean you aren’t cleaning your skin properly. However if you aren’t following a cleansing routine then you will always encourage spots.  As we know, acne is caused by blocked pores so it’s important to keep skin clean using good quality Naturology skincare products.  It is also down to hormonal changes; so pregnancy, peri-menopause, menopause are all reasons you may experience breakouts. 

There is plenty of evidence today that food intolerances can cause acne too, for example, apparently spots on the chin area can be caused by dairy intolerance.  If you have a clear skin everywhere else it is worth eliminating dairy from your diet for a couple of weeks to see if it makes a difference.  It may be worth visiting an allergist to rule out food intolerance.  However there is no hard and fast evidence that chocolate causes spots but it is now noted that the fat in the chocolate inflames skin – this worsens acne.    Studies show that people with a history of acne in the family are more prone to break outs if they eat a lot of chocolate (mainly due to the fat content in chocolate, hydrogenated fats and trans fats).

Here’s what you can do to deal with your acne:

  • Cut dairy and fatty food from your diet for a period of time and see if this makes a difference
  • Eat well include your RDA of leafy green vegetables, lean meat and fresh fruit
  • Take evening primrose oil, it balances hormones
  • Drink water – lots of it, 2 litres a day. It flushes out toxins and clears skin.  If you do this every day for two weeks you will see a difference
  • Change your birth control pill if you are using one. Contraceptive pills and hormonal coils can attribute to acne
  • Always cleanse, tone and moisturise but choose oil-free products so as not to encourage excess oil in your skin
  • Exfoliate using a natural product once a week
  • Use a gentle face mask once a week to draw out impurities
  • NEVER squeeze spots, no matter how tempting it is – you will scar your skin and 9 times out of 10 make your spot much, much worse!
  • Invest in a good quality blemish stick to cover your spots (get one to match your skin tone). Sometimes too much make up can make spots look worse
  • Visit a reputable make-up counter and get skin make-up to match your skin-tone
  • If your acne is particularly bad see your GP as they can prescribe certain lotions and medicines to clear it up but read the small print as you may not be able to use these if you want to be pregnant, are pregnant or are travelling to the heat
  • Use mineral make up because it won’t clog up your pores and exacerbate spots
  • If you can, have a facial once a month to draw out dirt and banish spots. You might find that facials cause you to break out, this is either the impurities coming out of your skin or your facialist is not using products suitable for your skin

What Products Should I Use?

At Naturology we only advocate natural skincare products.  Obviously if you are suffering severe acne you should go to the doctor and discuss potentially using medication but before you do this try some of our skincare:

  • Vitamin C Serum, age defying and purifying it contains 98% natural ingredients and refreshes and hydrates, combating skin problems and cleansing the skin of excess oil
  • Stem Cell Active Youth Moisturiser is a non-greasy moisturiser containing 94% natural ingredients including plant stem cells, removing excess oil from skin and helping it glow

Your acne will go at some point, almost all adult acne sufferers finally see the back of spots by the age of fifty but in the meantime following the above tips and using natural skincare without chemicals, drugs or additives will ensure you only treat your skin with the respect it deserves.  Your skin probably doesn’t look as bad as you think it does.  We are our own worse critics.  If you know others with spotty skin we bet you don’t think it looks that bad at all.  Nor does yours!

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  • Mark Wallace