The teenage years are notorious for causing breakouts and acne, and most women are
happy to know they’ve left those problems behind—or have they? Adult acne
is a common problem in women of all ages. A better understanding of the causes of
acne will help you understand why — and what you can do about it.
“I feel better, and my complexion has improved, too. I used to joke about
having a worse complexion now than when I was a teen”.
Like adolescent acne, adult acne is often caused by hormonal imbalance. Many women
break out every month at the onset of their period, and acne is a common symptom
of PMS. Acne is also associated with
polycystic ovarian syndrome
(PCOS), a hormonal condition that causes irregular or absent menstrual periods due
to ovulation irregularities.
In women over 35, the hormonal fluctuations that orchestrate our periods tend to
become more dramatic and unpredictable as you enter
perimenopause and approach menopause — which can exacerbate hormonal
acne. Many women who haven’t had a breakout since their teens or early twenties
suddenly find themselves battling acne in their 40’s.
Does stress cause acne?
When you’re stressed, your body produces cortisol. Cortisol ramps up the processes
that help us deal with stressors, like converting protein to energy and releasing
glycogen, and suppresses peripheral processes like digestion, cell regeneration
and endocrine regulation. Unfortunately, most women are burdened with chronic, unrelenting
stress, calling on the adrenal glands
to continuously produce cortisol.
When cortisol is chronically elevated, the body doesn’t have the opportunity
to shift its priorities back to its peripheral functions and it gradually deteriorates.
A host of symptoms results, including fatigue, weight gain, depression and acne.
Acne and your diet
It’s a commonly debunked myth that eating certain foods causes breakouts —
but this is not to say that your diet doesn’t matter when it comes to acne.
Diets high in sugar, refined carbohydrates and trans fats, and low in antioxidants,
create systemic inflammation, which manifests itself in your skin in the form of
acne, rosacea, or premature aging.
American diets also tend to be high in pro-inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids, while
low in inflammation-soothing omega-3’s. Righting this imbalance can go a long
way in reducing inflammation and healing your skin.
You can put acne behind you
The good news is, there’s a lot you can do to prevent adult breakouts by solving
the underlying causes of your acne, naturally.
We’ve had great success helping women overcome adult acne by restoring hormonal
balance and optimizing their diet.
Relieve your hormonal
imbalance symptoms today