Acne can be difficult to manage as an adolescent, and even more so for those unfortunate to have it as adults too. There are a number of causes that could be contributing to troublesome skin – read more about them below and find out what you can do to improve your complexion.
Hormones – Your hormones fluctuate, especially for women before menstrual cycles, which can lead to breakouts. There’s not much that can be done about this – it’s a natural way of life – but you can monitor it so you know when to expect potential acne breakouts.
Stress – There are so many factors that can contribute to stress levels, and this can start to show signs in your skin when your body produces the stress hormone cortisol. This leads to the release of testosterone too, which causes your skin to produce more oil, resulting in problem skin!
Pollution – Air pollution creates a layer of dirt on the surface of your skin, especially if you live in a city. Take care to cleanse your skin carefully at the beginning and importantly, end of each day.
Appropriate products – We’ve mentioned previously about some of the problem ingredients contained within many off-the-shelf products. It is important to use the appropriate product for your skin type, age and condition. Book a free consultation with our specialist nurse to find out the best treatment and products for your skin.
What you’re eating – Many of the things we eat could also be adding to your skin woes. There are the obvious culprits, like sugar and fried foods, and others that should be avoided in large quantities, such as too much dairy, foods containing iodine, such as shellfish and spinach.
Cleansing too frequently or intensely – Over cleansing your face can make your skin worse rather than better, as cleansing more than twice a day will lead to the over production of oil as your skin tries to compensate for feeling dry. Similarly, avoid exfoliating or using abrasive products that may not be suitable for your skin type and condition.
Keep things simple, and get in touch if you have any questions. Our nurse specialist is always happy to help and answer any questions you may have about how to adjust your approach to skincare to achieve the best results!