The scenario is all too familiar. A young, 20-,30-, even 40- something-woman – starting out in her career, marriage, motherhood role – experiences breakouts. Her skin hasn’t been this congested since she was a teen. Or maybe ever. And she’s perplexed.
Adult acne is different than the T-zone flair-ups traditionally experienced during the teen years. Most often it is linked to ‘adult’ indicators such as high-stress, inflammation, hormonal imbalances (i.e. a drop in estrogen levels) as well as environmental and dietary factors.
A 2012 study, published in the Journal of Women’s Health, reported that 27% of adults had clinical acne, while an additional 29% experienced mild acne.
Tips for healthy-looking, clear skin:
Wash Your Face Daily: Use a gentle, sensitive-skin cleanser morning and night like Clarifying Oil-Control Cleanser.
Moisturize Daily: After gently washing your face, apply Clarifying Oil-Control Serum and a light water-based moisturizer like Clarifying Daily Hydrator for normal, combination and sensitive skin or Mattifying Hydrator for oily, problematic skin. The right facial oil can be the perfect healing treatment. Our USDA Organic Certified Clarifying Lavender Oil is an effective anti-bacterial, and sebum-regulating oil. And if you are on-the-go a lot, our Balanced + Bright Oily Skin Solutions kit might become your next favorite travel companion! It features travel-ready sizes of cleanser, toner, scrub and moisturizer.
Meditate: Take 20 minutes a day to meditate or sit quietly and focus on your breath. There are at least 600 research studies published by over 200 universities in 30 countries that confirm transcendental meditation as a scientifically validated approach to reduce anxiety, stress reduction and disease. Reaching a state of deep relaxation helps keep cortisol levels and breakouts under control while quieting the mind and body.
Disinfect Your Cell Phone: Try keeping it away from your jaw line to avoid chin breakouts too.
Work Out: Exercise is essential to stimulate circulation and help to manage stress which is an important part of a healthy skin program.
Drink lots of pure spring water and enjoy a diet rich in detoxifying greens and green juices.
Keep a Food Diary: Pay attention to foods that may worsen acne such as coffee, dairy, bread, salty foods, sugar and alcohol to name a few. Keep a food diary and when breakouts occur, look back a few days prior to see what may have contributed to the irritation.
Supplement your skin’s needs with essential nutrients like zinc, probiotics, magnesium and essential fatty acids.
Clear skin is definitely possible through all stages of life. Healthy lifestyle shifts and consistent habits are simple, yet important daily practices to embrace.