Anyone can get acne


Anyone can get acne, not only teenagers. Women know it. Some women even get acne for the first time at age 30, 40 and even 50. Hormonal changes (related to puberty, menstrual periods, pregnancy, oral contraceptives, or stress), greasy cosmetic and hair products, and some drugs (corticosteroids, androgens or lithium), can trigger acne or make it worse.

These steps can help you:

  • Clean your skin twice per day (face, neck, back, chest, and shoulders) with warm water and a gentle cleanser or soap.
  • Avoid cleansers or other skin care products with scrubbing particles (they can irritate the skin).
  • Use water-based cosmetics and skin creams
  • Remove always make-up
  • Shampoo your hair daily if it is oily
  • Avoid manipulating acne lesions to minimize trauma to the skin and to help reduce the risk of scarring and secondary bacterial infections.

Acne is also related to Western diet: excessive intake of hyperglycemic carbohydrates, milk and dairy products, and saturated and trans-fats, and deficient intake of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids. People with acne should balance total calorie uptake, restrict refined carbohydrates, milk, dairy proteins, saturated fats, and trans-fats, and follow a diet enriched in vegetables and fish. Omega-3 supplements may be a supporting therapy of acne.




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