What causes Acne and how you can help it?

Acne has always been a sore spot for most adults. After all, most of us feel that acne is something we only get while in our teenage years, and we don’t expect to have it once we’re past our 20s. Rest assured you’re not alone in this.  Adult acne has seen a steady increase in the past two decades. The most obvious causes for this are work stress, pollution, anxiety, and not drinking enough water daily.

Let us look at some causes of acne.


Many adults face hormonal imbalances. Women face a lot more hormonal imbalances in comparison to their male counterparts. Fluctuation in hormones is common during menstruation cycles and pregnancies. Many women are also prone to acne breakout due to a condition known as PolyCystic Ovarian Symptom (PCOS). Men also have seen the effects of hormonal imbalance as acne breaks out on the face, shoulders, neck, upper arms, and even the genital area. Men are also prone to cystic acne (excessively painful acne). Men are not that alert to acne and prefer just to ignore it, hoping it goes away on its own.


Wrong products:

With so much choice available in the area of health products, many people tend to make the wrong decision in regards to cosmetics and health products. Always check your skin type (dry/ oily/ combination of dry and oily) before you buy products like acne face washes, toners, moisturizers, and facial creams. Buy non-comedogenic, water-based, oil-free products to ensure your skin stays healthy and free of acne.



Diet plays a crucial role in the emergence of acne. Avoid foods that are oily, spicy, and have a high-fat content. Eat foods that are nutritive and have higher water content. Include a substantial amount of fiber and drink lots of water. These foods will help keep your skin hydrated and looking healthier and fresher.


Let us look at how you can help acne.


Stress can activate excess cortisol release in your body. Cortisol is a hormone present in your body that produces oils from your pores. Excessive secretion of cortisol can lead to an addition of acne due to clogging of the pores. Use a good face wash to keep the oils off your face for more extended periods of time. Even at work, washing your face with facewash during your lunch break is a good idea. Some ways to alleviate stress would be to go for a run, a jog, or a small cardio workout, read a good book, listen to some relaxing music, practice yoga, and try meditation. All these activities will help reduce your stress levels considerably while decreasing acne and breakouts on your skin.


Visit a dermatologist:

Visiting a dermatologist is always an excellent way to combat adult acne. Many times, acne can fester and cause scars on the face. With proper treatment and medication, you can slowly eradicate the acne and scars on your face. This will also prompt healthier skin from within. Consult your dermatologist about available skin treatments and packages and avail these benefits to steer clear of acne in the long term.


Reduce your pores:

Many times due to overeating, stress, excessive sun damage, and smoking, the pores on the skin get enlarged causing acne buildup over time. Dirt and grime also have a vital role to play in producing acne since they get stuck in open pores. Open pores can also cause a breakdown of collagen and the structure of the skin causing fine lines, wrinkles, and unwanted acne to appear. Use a retinol-based facewash that promoted collagen buildup in your skin and reduces open pores to leave your skin feeling fresh, healthier, and young-looking. A retinol-based facewash also helps in tightening pores over time.


Treat your acne at home:

Many times, simple home remedies can also help significantly. Smear a little honey on your acne and pimples till it dries. Wash off with cold water to see a marked improvement in the size, redness, and irritation caused due to the antibacterial properties of honey. A mint paste of mint leaves, oatmeal and yogurt on the acne for 10 minutes will also help significantly in removing oils stuck in the pores. Another right treatment is to make a paste of 2 tablets of crushed aspirin with a teaspoon of water. The salicylic acid in aspirin helps greatly in treating acne and acne scars. It helps dry up the pimples and reduce inflammation substantially.

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