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Jenny Logan.
Jenny Logan.

I recently asked our followers on Twitter and Facebook what articles they would like to see here and one request we received a few times was adult acne.

So for the next couple of weeks I am going to take a look at the possible causes of adult acne and what can be done to try and help the situation.

The main causes of adult acne include stress, hormonal imbalance, digestive issues and sugar.

This week I am going to focus on stress and sugar.

The body’s reaction to stress – and this can be negative or positive stress – is to produce adrenaline and cortisol. The production of cortisol in turn increases the production of testosterone – even in women – which makes the skin more oily and prone to outbreaks.

A common reaction to stress is to turn to chocolate, sugar or alcohol which does not cause the acne, but aggravates the inflammatory reaction making the acne worse.

Therefore when trying to deal with adult acne taking the following steps can be really important to getting things back under control:

1) Don’t embark on a vigorous cleansing routine stripping all the oils out of your skin – this actually prompts your body to produce more oil, ultimately aggravating the problem. Look instead to a gentle cleanser, which will clear bacteria, but also soothe and not dry out the skin. We get great reports on Dermaspray Acne Clearing Spray, which does leave the skin feeling clean but also soothed.

2) Do try and limit your intake of sugar and alcohol for a few weeks as this will help to reduce the inflammatory response, which will in turn ease the acne.

3) Do try and reduce feelings of stress and tension. If you need help with this then the are some natural remedies which may be helpful.

If you feel particularly worried or anxious then try some Higher Nature Balance for Nerves, the feedback we have had on this is excellent.

If you feel low and emotional then look at something like vitamin D, low levels of this are linked to SAD and low mood. If you feel stressed and angry then my suggestion would be Vogel’s Stress relief Daytime to try and promote feelings of calm and relaxation.

Hopefully this can help.