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Ashamed and Tired of Your Acne?

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  • 1. ==== ====Learn How To Get Rid Of Acne In 30 To 60 Days Herehttp://tinyurl.com/7t8yjxc==== ====Have you ever looked in the mirror and uttered these words under your breath, Why am I stillbreaking out? Did you wonder why, even in your adult years, you still have to put up with acne?The idea that acne should be a thing of the past - a teenage problem - can leave adults frustratednot knowing what is causing their skin breakouts. Here are 14 things you should know to help youidentify the causes of your flare-ups and ways to prevent them.#1 Blame it on the hormonesAndrogens, like testosterone, are male hormones (present in women too) which are responsiblefor causing acne. Women undergo sharp hormonal changes more often than men, so women aretwice as likely as men to be afflicted with acne during adulthood. Given this fact, it is no wonderwhy acne can strike anytime in a womans life - during puberty, ovulation, menstruation,pregnancy, menopause, and even after menopause. Female acne can also be a symptom ofPolycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) which is a disorder caused by hormonal imbalances;however, usually, these individuals are overweight, have fertility issues, do not have regularperiods and grow excess hair in unwanted areas, such as the upper lip, chin and chest (moremanly distribution of hair). In addition, some people who have thyroid problems may also havetrouble with acne. It is also interesting to know that although men are at a lower risk for adult acne,men are more prone than women to have more severe forms of acne because of the higher levelsof testosterone naturally circulating within a mans body.#2 Quit smokingDid you ever notice the complexion of a longtime smoker? It is not supple and often looks dry,rough and leathery. Recent studies have discovered a phenomenon labeled as smokers acne;the acne in smoking individuals is non-inflammatory (bumps with no swelling or redness),commonly known as blackheads and whiteheads. Inflammatory acne, on the contrary, is when thespots are red, pus-like and swollen. Research shows that for people who had acne as teens, theprobability of suffering from adult acne is four times higher in smokers than non-smokers.According to a British Journal of Dermatology, a study of 1000 women aged 25 to 50 found that 42per cent of smokers had acne compared to only 10 per cent of non-smokers. It is a good idea tokick the habit, not only for health reasons, but also for the reason that smoking has long beenassociated with premature aging of the skin, wrinkles and a bad complexion.#3 Check skin productsSometimes the products you are applying on your face can trigger breakouts so pay closeattention to your cosmetics, shaving creams, cleansers, moisturizers and makeup. Steer awayfrom products with an oil-base which can block pores resulting in acne. Allow your skin to breatheand only put oil-free (noncomedogenic) products on your skin.#4 Side effects of drugs
  • 2. Since hormones are the main cause of acne and most acne cases are not drug-related, do notstop using your medications. However, bear in mind that some medications can cause acnebreakouts. Phenobarbital (medication used for seizures), steroids (prescribed and illegal use inbodybuilding), lithium (medication for bipolar disorder), isoniazid and rifampin (medication used intuberculosis), DHEA supplements (marketed as the extremely controversial anti-aging pill whichcauses serious side effects and has not been proven to work), hormone therapies and certain birthcontrol treatments can cause or worsen acne. Again, talk to your doctor before discontinuing anymedication.#5 Your skin is what you eatAlthough skepticism still exists in the dermatology community linking diet with acne, some peopleswear that certain foods cause them to break out. Until more solid evidence is out, the linkbetween certain foods causing acne remains to be controversial. With that said, if you noticesomething you eat causes you to break out in pimples, avoid the food; by the same token, there isno guarantee that avoidance will necessarily cure your acne, but it is worth a try.-Nuts: Although nuts are healthy snacks that calm our hunger pangs quickly because they aresatiating, they can provoke acne in some individuals.-Dairy: Recent studies have shown that milk and dairy products may trigger acne. It is notrecommended to stop dairy as a means to improve your skin until more studies are conducted.Calcium is abundant in dairy products and is crucial for osteoporosis prevention. If your dairyintake is low, make sure to take dietary supplements to keep your bones strong.-Chocolate: Some people experience pimples when they eat chocolate while it may not even fazeothers. It is not proven that chocolate causes acne and some claims have gone as far as saying abar a day keeps the spots away suggesting that chocolate can even cure acne!-High glycemic foods: There is some evidence that foods with high-glycemic indices (sugareddrinks, sweets, white bread and carbohydrate-rich foods) produce a quick spike in blood sugarwhich may aggravate acne. Although debate still exists in the scientific community around thenotion that greasy and fatty foods worsen acne, many still carry the belief that it is definitely acontributor to acne. It has also been proposed that switching to a plant-based, low-fat, high-fiberdiet can reduce acne flare-ups since vegetables and fruits are natural anti-oxidants and have anti-inflammatory properties. Eating more fish may also pave the way for clearer skin as they are richin omega 3-oils which is known to reduce inflammation.-Acne-fighting foods: Essential fatty acids (flax seeds, fish), Vitamin A (carrots, green leafyvegetables, sweet potatoes), zinc (whole grains, spinach), Vitamin E (green leafy vegetables),Vitamin C (citrus fruits, green peppers) Vitamin B-complex (brown rice, bananas), chromium(whole wheat breads, broccoli) and selenium (fish, lean meat, garlic, barley) are a sample list offoods that are rich in acne-suppressing vitamins and minerals. It is best to get these nutrients byeating enriched foods; do not take supplements without consulting a medical professional asoverdosing can occur.#6 Stay regularConstipation can trigger acne by keeping toxins in your body. Eating a diet rich in fiber, drinkingwater and maintaining an active lifestyle will help prevent constipation and may be just what youneed to clear up your skin.#7 Stress-managementStress-induced acne has been a highly debated topic and, recently, numerous studies haveproven that stress does, in fact, worsen acne. Stress causes acne by lowering our immune
  • 3. systems ability to heal and causing androgens and cortisol to be activated which are acnepromoting hormones.#8 It is in the genesYour genes may control your skin type. Adults with oilier skin are more prone to acne breakouts;also if acne runs in your family, chances are you will develop acne in your adult years. People whohave the perfect-skin gene should really know how lucky they are.#9 ClimateDoes the weather affect acne? It is not hard to believe that hot and humid weather may causemore break-outs due to excess sweating; however, sweating alone does not clog pores, rather themix of sweat with exposure to oils and polluted air provides a better environment for acne to erupt.It is also important not to use the sun to dry out your acne as over-exposure will prematurely agethe skin, darkens spots and may flare up acne, let alone the cancerous effects of the suns harmfulultraviolet rays. How about the cold weather? Winter tends to worsen acne since cold weathercauses the skin to dry out and the pores to shrink, leading to more clogging of pores. It is essentialto moisturize, year-around, to help keep acne from worsening. Just because the weather is cold,does not mean you should skip the sunscreen since the suns rays are still strong and canpenetrate even on a cloudy day or through the windshield while driving. Sunscreens should, notonly be used in the summer, but also in the winter.#10 Pressure and FrictionAdult acne can be caused by certain types of constant physical pressure to the skin, such astucking a phone under the chin, or the friction from the straps of a backpack or purse. Tightclothing and undergarments, such as tight bra straps, and even excessive phone use cancontribute to acne.#11 DehydrationNot only does too much sun exposure and cold weather worsen acne by drying out the skin, butdehydration from lack of fluid intake can also cause breakouts. Hydrating the skin by hydrating theinside of your body will help prevent clogging of pores. Any caffeinated drinks, such as soda, teaand coffee, are dehydrating because they have diuretic properties (increase urination) so limit theirintake. Water is the best fluid for your skin.#12 DirtClogged pores cause acne. Acne strikes when bacteria, excess oils and clogged pores arepresent. Although, dirt itself does not cause acne, it is essential to maintain a daily hygienic skinregimen in order to remove dead cells, dirt and excess oils to prevent blockage of pores. Avoidtouching your face because your fingers have oils that can exacerbate acne. Dirty, oily hairtouching your skin can also clog pores.#13 Work outThere is strong evidence suggesting that exercise may clear up skin by lowering stress levels.Sweating is a normal bodily function and does not directly cause acne; nonetheless, it is stillrecommended to pull your hair away from your face during exercise to avoid oils from your hairtouching your face and wash away or towel off sweat when you finish working out.#14 Get good sleep
  • 4. Not getting enough sleep increases stress which can lead to acne. In addition, studies have shownthat sleep deprivation increases inflammation, thus exacerbating acne.Sometimes, more than one factor may be causing your acne and it is not always easy to figure itout. Achieving clear skin may be as simple as switching your facial cream to a complex problemthat requires a specialist. You might be surprised that just by lowering your stress, yourcomplexion might improve. Remember sometimes, you might feel worse than your face actuallylooks and, without a doubt, you are your own worst enemy. Keep in mind that a natural glowcomes from within, not just from an absence of pimples.Dr Sandy Zabaneh is a US board-certified Doctor in Pharmacy who holds a Bachelor of Sciencedegree in Psychology, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Physiology from University ofCalifornia, Davis. She is the Health Editor of U Magazine, clinical pharmacy consultant and lifecoach. Dr Sandy likes to follow the motto set forth by the World Health Organization in 1948:Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absenceof disease or infirmity. Check out her blog at http://www.sandyzabanehblog.comArticle Source:http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Dr_Sandy_Zabaneh==== ====Learn How To Get Rid Of Acne In 30 To 60 Days Herehttp://tinyurl.com/7t8yjxc==== ====