There aren’t many people on this planet that can say the have never had a blemish, a pimple or a full blown ready to burst pustule. Puberty is a time in our life we would commonly experience these eruptions on our face. Which is a cruel time as this is when our need to belong and be accepted is most crucial in our life. But puberty is a stage where huge hormonal changes are happening to our body and this will often be highlighted on our face.
The beauty of the commonality of acne is that we all know what it is and can relate to someone experiencing a break out. The problem arises when puberty is well and truly passed and yet these eruptions are still occurring on a regular basis.
So why would acne still occur after once puberty is well and truly over?
The best way to explain this is to understand what actually contributes to an acne flare up.
The skin on our face composes of many small pores and these pores can block from the sebum that is released from the sebaceous glands. These blocked pores are called comedomes, better known as black heads or white heads. The comedomes can have bacteria trapped in them and become infected.
Besides having a great skin care regimen, where you are cleansing, exfoliating and hydrating/nourishing the skin on your face on a daily basis, it is just as important to control the excessive production of sebum from the sebaceous glands through other means.
What steps can I take to slow down the over production of sebum?
There are several ways you can achieve this, but the 3 main steps are outlined here:
Nutrition: There are certain foods that can increase the production of sebum. For example, greasy fatty food, alcohol, refined sugar, little water consumption and excessive amounts of caffeinated beverages. These foods/beverages will upset the balance of oil on the skin and as a result the sebaceous glands react in a way the makes the skin greasier leading to more blocked pores. Eating loads of vegetables, small quantities of low GI carbohydrates and lean meats with copious amounts of water will keep your skin hydrated and revitalised by healthy nutrients feeding your skin.
Emotions: Stress and other negative emotions will increase the sebum production in your skin. This isn’t to say you should live in a bubble or force yourself to be happy all the time, it’s more about incorporating a relaxation technique into your day such as meditation or yoga.
Poorly caring for your skin: Using products or skin care that aren’t suitable for your skin or utilising products incorrectly can lead to dryness of the skin. To combat this, the skin will release sebum to balance the integrity of the skin. Always have your skin assessed and be sure to utilise skin care specifically tailored for your skin health.
Additionally, for women having a regular menstrual cycle indicates your hormones are balanced. If your hormones are irregular (period is irregular), then this can lead to more blemishes on your skin and many other symptoms that can exacerbate the skin such as sugar cravings and mood swings.
I would strongly encourage regulating a menstrual cycle through natural means such as seeking assistance from a Chinese Medicine practitioner as this will rectify your concerns for life. Commonly discussing these concerns with your GP will only lead to the recommendation of the pill. This introduction of hormones does nothing to regulate your own hormones and only stops your own body’s natural production of hormones due to the external introduction of hormones your body actually can produce on its own.
I hope this information has been helpful and if you need guidance managing your condition we have a number of resources to assist you.
- Call us to book in a free skin assessment in clinic to help you choose skin care products that are going to encourage your skin to naturally heal. Our range of Cosmeceuticals can be viewed here.
- We conduct personalised consultations in clinic and via Skype or phone to assess your health and get you on a plan to heal your body from within. Skin problems are always manifested from an imbalanced body. To rectify this, we discuss your nutrition and devise a treatment plan that will see results and help you be the healthiest version of yourself.
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