How Can One Prevent Acne Breakouts in their 30s?
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5 Tips for acne prevention
There are a few other things you can do to help with acne. These include:
1. Dietary changes that may help include avoiding excessive dairy consumption, due to the presence of hormones in certain dairy products and decreasing your intake of fast-food, particularly fried, greasy foods and increasing your intake of antioxidants including berries (blueberries, pomegranate juice, citrus fruits).
2. Stress can be a significant factor in the development of acne so anything you can do to decrease stress in your life can help. Regular cardiovascular exercise is one way of reducing stress.
3. Any products placed on the face should be oil-free, water-based, non-comedogenic (meaning non pore-clogging). Gentle cleansers rather than soaps should be used to cleanse the face.
4. If you notice your makeup is clogging your pores and causing whiteheads and blackheads, switch brands, preferably to a mineral makeup. I agree that no makeup should be left on the face overnight.
5. Hormonal changes particularly in women of child-bearing age can cause regular acne break-outs. Consider speaking to your dermatologist about available preventative hormonal therapies if this is the case. Good luck.
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Treatment of Adult Acne
Adult acne is frustrating, and unfortunately very common. Recent research has suggested that foods with a high glycemic index may be related to the development of acne, so you may consider examining your diet. However, my best advice is to meet with a dermatologist to evaluate your skin closely. Adult acne is often hormonal, and different patterns of acne will indicate to your dermatologist that this is the case. They can then recommend the appropriate treatment. Our patients with adult acne often see tremendous improvement after undergoing a short series of Isolaz acne treatment and Photodynamic Therapy in the office. These treatments can provide dramatic improvement, especially for people who have not seen improvement with prescription medications or dietary changes.
Adult acne in the 30's
Acne is adults is extremely common. Like teenage acne, it's likely caused by the interaction of hormones and your skin. The treatments are similar to teenage acne, including topical creams, pills, laser, blue light therapy, and birth control pills for women. Only your dermatologist can determine the right treatment for you. Diet, keeping clean, etc, appear to have little to do with adult acne.
How to prevent adult acne
Adults, and particularly women, tend to flare occasionally with adult acne. In women, fluctuation of hormones during the menstrual cycle play a significant role. Aside from this a few simple measures of prevention of acne include:
1. Cleansing your face twice daily! with a mild cleanser (Purpose by J&J over the counter). This will remove excess sweat and fatty residue that traps the pores and feeds bacteria the excess oils. By the way, never sleep with your makeup for the same reason.
2. While working out at the gym never put your face on the vinyl on a workout bench and do not touch your face while working out wash or shower right after this. Remember you could also get acne on your back.
3.Fatty meals, nuts and chocolate have again been linked to an exacerbation of acne. Eat them with measure.
4. Take plenty of antioxidants. Fruits are preferred like described below. Otherwise, vitamin C 1 gram twice daily ( you'll stay looking younger too!)
5. Continuous use of a thin layer of a retinoid cream on your face at bedtime will not only keep your skin smooth and looking healthy, but will also prevent acne flares.
6. Stress will trigger acne. There is even the 'vacation pimple' because of all the stress of traveling and packing, plus the change in food and sleeping habits that can happen on a vacation.
7. Avoid heavy makeup ( mousse and mineral makeups are preferred for acne prone skin). Avoid heavy oily sunnlocks. Micronized preparations of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide sunblocks offer superior coverage and do not flare acnestHete this information is helpful. Best of luck! Dr. Leyda Bowes
Acne happens at all ages!
People of all ages can get acne: including newborns and older adults.
Acne is the most common skin disorder and can be a long-term condition. It involves the oil glands around each hair. Hairs grow from a "follicle," which can become plugged by oil. Once the follicle is plugged, germs invade and cause bumps that can fill with pus and become red, swollen, and sometimes painful.
Acne can range from mild to very bad. Acne is most common on the face, back, neck, and chest. There is no cure for acne, but you can treat the symptoms by keeping hair follicles from getting plugged. Once a bump has formed, you can use medicines that help with the redness and swelling.
The most common type of acne medicine is a cream or gel that you put on your skin. Many of these can be bought without a prescription. These medicines may help if your acne is mild. Benzoyl peroxide is the most common type. It is in most over-the-counter acne medicines.
If over-the-counter medicines don't work, your doctor can prescribe other types of medicine. These are usually antibiotics or retinoids. These medicines can cause dryness or redness. If this becomes a problem for you, your doctor can tell you ways to make your skin feel better.
For example, Salicylic acid is present in a variety of over-the-counter cleansing products. Salicylic acid has some "anti-acne" effects, work for some, and don't have many high quality scientific studies. Side-effects are dryness, mild skin irritation.
-Clindamycin gel is an example of an antibiotic gel. Side-effects can be redness, peeling, dryness, itching, burning, oiliness. Antibiotics that are applied to skin (like a gel) are used mostly for the treatment of mild to moderate inflammatory or mixed acne. Clindamycin and erythromycin are the most studied. Guidelines recommend using benzoyl peroxide with them (to keep the bacteria from becoming resistant.)
If you have very bad acne, your doctor may prescribe pills. You may need to take these for several months before your skin gets better. If you do seek assistance from a doctor, it is important for them to explain the range of acne--from mild to severe, inflammatory and noninflammatory--and the approaches to treatment.
Because acne is such a common condition, there are many treatments out there. Some are supported by data, others aren't. Some treatments are expensive, but that doesn't necessarily mean they are better. Overall, give response to treatment some time. How much time? Depends on the severity of your acne, and can range from weeks to months.
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