If its true that acne and pimples are signs of youth then I’m never growing out of my teenage years! The sad truth is that adults do get acne or if not acne, then pimples or spots.
You always know when to expect an outbreak – during that dreaded time of the month when hormones go a little nuts. I was told that if your breakouts are confined mostly to the chin area, those are hormone related. I paid attention and true enough, time of the month spots happen around the chin. Less so now, but I do still get one or two.
But sometimes, you may find yourself breaking out on other parts of the face at a time that is unrelated to your period. You might want to consider then, if it is related to any of the following factors:-
Cause: Your Shampoo or Conditioner
I experienced a bad breakout once with a conditioner that was great for my hair but hell for my skin. True, washing your face after washing your hair may help, but I tried that and it still didn’t do much for me. So, I’ve decided that there are some ingredients in hair shampoo or conditioner that may cause people to break out.
Cure: To check, stop using that particular shampoo or conditioner for a week or two. If your breakouts clear up, it might be because of the hair product.
Obvious as it sounds, stress is bad for the skin. If you close to exams, having a rough time at work, going through a bad relationship… anything that puts you under stress, then chances are your breakouts are caused by stress.
Cure: If its exams then its temporary until the exams are over. If its work or worry, then I suppose its harder to resolve but taking stock of the situation and trying to find a solution may help. Alternatively take time off and go on a holiday, or to a spa or just go for a facial or massage and relax.
Cause: Lack of sleep
I found that when I don’t have enough sleep, I start breaking out. There was a period of my life when I was not sleeping enough due mainly to my own folly, and my skin paid the price.
Cure: When I realised the problem, I made it a point to cut out distractions, stop staying up late, and get some restful sleep. 2 weeks later, my skin was back to normal. Don’t underestimate the curative powers of sleep.
Sometimes, breakouts may be related to certain foods especially if you might be allergic to them. Dairy products are a common cause as well as over doing the fried foods. There is no scientific proof that chocolates will cause breakouts, but I’m Chinese and I believe that foods are “heaty” and “cooling” and “heaty” foods are more likely to cause breakouts. Chocolates fall under being “heaty” and if you overindulge, the skin pays the price.
Cure: If you can isolate the problem food, then it will be easy to cut it out of your diet. However, for most of us, its not that easy so moderation is key.Continue Reading