Everybody despises blemishes. A zit on your forehead or even in hidden places such as the inside of your nose can put someone in a bad mood any given day. You cannot choose to ignore it because of how prominently it is situated on your face and it is annoyingly painful as well. Multiply that by a couple of tens or hundreds more, and that can send a person’s confidence level crashing down.
“If I have to draw attention away from some hormone-induced acne on my chin, I put on a lot of mascara,” Olivia Wilde shares. Sure, you can do that, too. Nevertheless, you have to think about longer-term, more permanent solutions to get rid of acne, especially if it is persistent, cystic acne.
Your skin’s uninvited guests
You can think of acne as uninvited guests leaving pesky, tiny dark marks on your skin. What makes your skin attractive real estate to these rogue settlers anyway? What causes acne is a single or a complex combination of factors that trigger your skin to behave against itself. Listed below are the Top 5 causes, along with simple steps to counter the effects:
High levels of chronic, unmanaged stress.
In this case, you’re battling with your own hormones. They’re turning against you for a reason, and that reason often is rooted in prolonged stress. When stress is continuous, it takes a toll on your health and well-being. For your skin, higher levels of cortisol, or stress hormones, mean hyperactive oil glands that cause really bad breakouts.
You can use skin care products to help you get your acne under control. However, you still need to get to the root of the problem — What is causing you so much stress? If it’s work, you have to learn to be less emotional when dealing with your colleagues. If the problem is on the home front, then you probably can’t help but become emotional. However, you also have to find a way to resolve your problem. If nothing you can do can change the situation, you simply must choose not to worry or become stressed.
Poor lifestyle choices
Keep in mind that your skin is an extension of what’s happening inside your body. We’ve tackled your mindset in Item No. 1 above. This time, it’s the things that you do to your body — the food that you eat, your daily activities, your sleeping habits and your vices — that make or break your skin’s health.
Sleep at least seven hours every night because that’s the best thing you can give your body so it has enough time and energy to make repairs and treat damage, including relieving the inflammation that’s causing your acne. A diet that mostly consists of natural foods coupled with regular exercise also should help resolve your acne.
Improper skincare routines
There are correct and incorrect ways of tackling what causes acne. Using the wrong cleansing techniques, and skin care and makeup products that have harsh or pore-clogging ingredients are some of the worst ways to treat acne-challenged skin. Be more meticulous about the products you’re putting in contact with your skin and you’ll earn plus points to beat that acne.
If you smoke, stop smoking. Ridding your personal space of thousands of toxins that you can derive from a single cigarette alone can make a lot of difference. Avoid dusty and polluted environments that can expose your skin to irritating pollens and toxic chemicals.
Cystic acne can be hard to manage because of the pus it contains. When a pimple bursts, the infection spreads. The culprit? We still don’t know for sure, but raging hormones remain suspect. Again, it could be stress-driven, but it also can be brought about by your prevailing health conditions. Oftentimes, your dermatologist will prescribe oral medications to get cystic acne under control. These can range from antibiotics to oral contraceptive pills to isotretinoins and steroids.
You can hate acne all you want but, if you can, look at it from another angle. It’s your body’s way of sounding an alarm, one which can save your health and even prolong your life, if only you can find a way to change your lifestyle for the better.