3 Common Triggers for Adult Acne

By editor
January 15, 2016

Pimples and other hormonal imbalances are just par for the course in teenage years. But if you’re an adult who is still dealing with acne, it can feel like you’re in a time warp. For many adults, acne is a condition which can last way beyond your formative years. If you’re suffering from adult acne, here is a list of things that may be causing the breakouts:

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  • Diet. What you eat can bring on acne flare-ups. Unfortunately (but perhaps not surprisingly), chocolate can exacerbate acne when consumed in large quantities. Dairy has a direct correlation to adult acne, as well. This is most likely because of the hormones that are found in dairy foods. Traditional dairy foods generally come from animals that are hormone-fed, so it may be a good idea to buy organic instead, as organic dairy products tend to have less hormones. Also, to prevent breakouts, try to avoid or limit foods that contain simple carbs and sugar (like sweets, bread and pasta), which can cause your skin to become inflamed.
  • Hormones. A sudden increase in the hormone testosterone produces oil that can clog your pores and lead to breakouts. This kind of hormonal acne usually feels painful where the pimple resides even if you’re not touching it, and it’s likely to leave a scar if you try to pop it. Testosterone spikes can also bring on excessive hair growth and irregular periods. If you experience either of these conditions, talk to your doctor.
  • Stress. When you get stressed, your body releases a hormone called cortisol. When this occurs, your body produces oil that can clog your pores and cause acne. In addition, these hormone fluxuations can affect blood pressure and weight. To keep stress-induced acne to a minimum, try engaging in stress-management techniques like deep breathing and meditation.

For more information about treating adult acne or any of the other patient services we offer, contact Dr. Goldman. We are located in New York City and can be reached here or by calling 212.962.1115. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

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