I’ve been there. You wake up, look at your face in the mirror. You’re puffy eyed from just waking up, but in the morning light, you stare in the mirror and see a zit or a pimple that you SWEAR wasn’t there last night. Or maybe it’s a few zits, clumped together. It pretty much always happens at the worst time – right before a big event that you want to look good for, or a big work presentation. Now you’re worried that people are looking at your skin and not you. Here’s the deal: adult acne is common, but very few people know what causes it or how to prevent it. I’m going to tell you the 3 reasons why adult acne happens, and how you can get rid of it.
What causes adult acne?
Your skin is simply an outward indicator of what’s going on inside your body. It’s a visual cue of whether or not things are going well with your hormones. So, when you see an acne problem erupt, it’s usually caused by one of 3 different things.
1. You need to improve your digestive health
This is the most likely case and one that I see often. If you’re not sure what your gut health is (or why it’s important), read this. If your gut is not functioning properly, the internal chronic inflammation caused by poor digestion will cause adult acne to manifest. Similarly, if you are eating a food that causes you gut dysfunction because your body doesn’t tolerate it (wheat, and dairy are common culprits), one of the first places you’ll notice it is in your skin. Once you help your digestive system repair itself and stay away from foods that bother you, the acne will clear up along with it.
What to do about it: Start with this blog post and follow the 7 steps I recommend to heal your gut. The better your digestive health, the better your skin will be.
2. It’s a hormone imbalance
If your hormones are out of balance, there is a good chance that it will manifest on your face (again – your skin is just an indicator of what’s going on internally). This applies for both men and women. However, for women in particular, this can be when you have excess androgens (testosterone and other related hormones). This often manifests as acne that’s concentrated only along the jawline.
What to do about it: The good news is often times you can resolve a hormone imbalance with diet and lifestyle changes, and any good practitioner will start with a healthy diet to get to the root of the problem (versus leaping to attacking just the symptoms with drugs). Just like gut health issues, a clean diet protocol will be the number one way you can restore hormone balance and see clearer skin. Start there, and if you need more fine-tuning, you can seek out out a Functional Diagnostic Nutritionist, Nutritional Therapy Provider, or another hormone expert who can guide you through getting tested and resolving your issues.
3. You’re using face / skin products with harmful chemicals
So what happens if you eat a clean diet and you don’t think you have hormonal issues? The problem is likely what you’re putting on your face. If you’re shopping for your face products at your local grocery store or drugstore, chances are extremely high that you’re putting endocrine disruptors, antimicrobial pesticides, or carcinogens on your skin. Our beauty ingredient laws here in the U.S. are virtually non-existent, so most companies use cheap, harmful ingredients without repercussions. The worst part is that putting chemicals on your face that mess with your hormones is a recipe for short term acne AND long term health damage.
What to do about it: You can make your own skincare with clean ingredients (like a high quality Frankincense essential oil and jojoba oil). If you’re not a DIY person, you can find a company that doesn’t use crappy, harmful ingredients (read what I use here). Start with the basics; a charcoal cleansing bar to clean your face, a balancing face oil to moisturize, and a face mask 2-3x a week to keep the pores open.
Great looking skin is definitely within your reach. I’d love to hear if you follow these suggestions and get results! Or, if you’re not sure where to start, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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