Skin Blemishes in Adults
Blemishes on the skin are an annoyance in teenage years; however, many adults get skin blemishes and pimples as well. Adult skin blemishes are a real reminder of the feelings you may have had when you were younger and had teenage acne. In theory, anyone can develop skin blemishes as an adult, however, the reality is, that only some adults are prone to developing adult acne.
Numerous scientific studies have revealed that eating bad foods do not alone cause skin blemishes; however, proper nutrients are needed for prime function of all of the organs, and the skin is the largest organ of your body. Therefore, eating a healthy diet can manifest itself in a person's appearance. Understanding the causes of acne is key to controlling it.
There are numerous reasons that a person may continue to get skin blemishes as an adult. It may even be that the skin blemishes occurred for the first time as an adult.
Factors Contributing to Adult Acne
The most common factors contributing to adult acne are the synthetic cosmetics and toiletries that you put on your face which can clog the pores creating unsightly pimples.
These products include:
- Night creams
These types of cosmetics and toiletries are known as comedogenic because they cause blemishes, or blackheads (comedo). When you are buying cosmetics, choose only ‘non-comedogenic' products to help prevent the onset of adult skin blemishes.
For most adults, just taking some basic precautions such as: properly washing your face with a natural face wash or scrub, using a chemical free face cream and eating a healthy diet should help eliminate or prevent most adult onset acne.
Pollution, Stress, Environment and Adult Acne
Pollution in the environment or your workplace can also be responsible for in the occurrence of skin blemishes. The pollution can aggravate blemish prone regions of the skin and then, these skin blemishes can worsen by touching the skin or due to friction from clothing or hair. Since there's not a lot you can do about pollution you need to wash your face two to three times per day with an gentle, organic face wash.
Stress and Skin Blemishes
Stress can cause skin blemishes to develop in both males and females by instigating various hormonal changes. Stress increases various hormones and the hormone androgen can stimulate the sebaceous glands to secrete more acne causing sebum. The sebum is a natural oil of the body that is needed to waterproof the skin and make it soft. However, increased accumulations of sebum in the hair follicles can mix with the normal bacterial flora of the skin, in particular Propionibacterium Acnes, and mix with dead skin cells to clog the pores. These dead cells normally get expelled from the surface of the skin. However, when the pore is filled with stress induced excess sebum the dead cells can not rise to the surface where they are expelled.
Hormonal Changes and Acne
There are also hormonal changes that occur during certain times of a woman's life and are specific to adult females who can develop skin blemishes.
Skin blemishes in adults, which are tied to the above situations, along with the persistent emotional and physiological stress discussed above, can be treated in several ways.
Pimples, such as blackheads and whiteheads that are caused by these hormonal changes sometimes do not respond to OTC (over the counter) topical acne treatments) that usually work on teenagers. Using Sprayology Acne Tonic can help.
To combat adult acne, a doctor may prescribe:
- Oral contraceptives
- Corticosteroids (anti-inflammatory drugs)
- Antiandrogens (reduce androgen productions)
- Natural alternatives
The side effects associated with oral contraceptives include:
- Menstrual spotting
- Weight gain
- Breast tenderness
Side effects linked with oral corticosteroids include; bone thinning and weight gain. Antiandrogens can cause tenderness to the breast and irregular menstruation.
Of course, with all of these medications, there are many more side-effects and risks associated with them. From a philosophical standpoint, taking dangerous medication for acne, just doesn't make sense when a natural alternative remedy for acne is available without a prescription now.