9 Facts You Need to Know to Treat Adult Acne
Hidden Causes of Adult AcneYour smartphone can give you pimples.
According to a recent study, 95 percent of health-care workers' phones contained germs, some of which are known to cause infections. And bacteria plus friction can make you break out. When your phone rubs against your jawline, it can irritate pores, creating inflammation, a cause of acne. Clean your phone with a disinfecting wipe a few times a week. "Better yet, use an adapter or earpiece if you plan on chatting for a while," suggests Francesca Fusco, MD, a dermatologist in New York City.Your hair products may be causing zits.
Acne along the hairline can pop up when heavy ingredients settle into the skin on your forehead. "Hair products are created to coat strands, so on your face they can clog pores and cause nasty breakouts," says Ranella Hirsch, MD, a dermatologist in Boston. Always rinse your face after washing out conditioner, and if you are breakout prone, apply a thin barrier of skin moisturizer along your forehead before styling your tresses.Gaining weight can make you break out.
Your family medical history can have a huge impact on your chances of being plagued with adult acne, but it's not the only contributing factor, Dr. Fusco says. Losing or gaining weight can throw off your levels of hormones, like cortisol and androgen, triggering pimples. "When one hormone increases or decreases, other hormone levels will also change, leading to increased oil production," she explains.Sweat doesn't cause acne.
Working out is actually good for your skin. Exercise boosts your circulation, which can calm skin inflammation. "It's a myth that sweat itself causes acne, but it can create a bacteria buildup that can lead to breakouts," says Howard Sobel, MD, a dermatologist in New York City. To prevent this, remove all makeup before exercising and, if you're prone to body acne, wear cotton rather than lycra or nylon, which can trap blemish-triggering moisture, Dr. Sobel says. Within 30 minutes of finishing a workout, shower with a wash containing hydrating lipids, such as St. Ives Triple Butters Creamy Coconut Hydrating Body Wash ($3, drugstores), which will clean skin without stripping it.
Originally published in FITNESS magazine, May 2011.
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