Best ways to prevent adult acne
Most people who haven’t experienced acne in their teenage years may suddenly see breakouts on their skin in their adult life. This is called adult acne, which people experience in their 30s and 40s. This is different from the kind of acne one has during puberty.
“Normally, people get breakouts or acne on their T-zone — forehead, nose, lower cheek, chin and upper lip — and even on top of the back and shoulders,” said Dr Rujuta Diwekar, a renowned nutritionist, in her latest Instagram post.
She stated that in their adult life, people have to take care of themselves to prevent any acne from erupting, which usually means hormonal imbalance in the body.
“You have to nurture yourself into a fitter and a healthier hormonal, balanced human being. The difference between adult acne and teenage acne is that one doesn’t have marks from the latter, while the former leaves behind dark spots on the dermis,” she said. The dermis layer of the skin is the second layer after the epidermis, which is the topmost layer of the skin.
“What you must know is that if you have adult acne, do not start pinching it and pulling it out and touching it. It will create many breakouts in the process,”s he added.
The first thing to prevent adult acne is learning how to manage your stress. “First of all, you have to let go of your ‘baggage.’ What was in the past, don’t bring it to the forefront now. Take a little time out for yourself to just let be,” Diwekar said.
The second thing you have to work on is sleep. She advised, “All the hormonal regulations happen while sleeping. You don’t just need 8 hours, you need quality sleep, not just the quantity of sleep. Start sleeping early between 9:30 pm to 11 pm. Good health reflects itself on the skin first. When the skin is improving, then it means that everything else in the body is improving.”
She shared that hormones like IGF-1, which is growth hormone factor one, regulate the growth and insulin hormone. These assimilate nutrients better and make the skin look fresh.
Diwekar advised people in their 30s and 40s to practice weight training.
“When you lift weights, you build musculature. You want muscle and you want bone density so that it promotes growth hormone. In adult life, growth hormone starts dipping, but you don’t want it to dip or crash. You want to detress, sleep on time and exercise. Do a minimum of one strength training session every week,” she said.
DIET FOR ADULT ACNE
Diwekar provided three foods that are undervalued in our healthy life. “These three undervalued foods are actually great for the skin but we never really use them. It is dry coconut which is richer in essential fats and it is also denser in minerals like selenium and manganese, which will help you in your insulin sensitivity. The essential fats will keep your skin looking fresh and young,” she added.
Dry coconut combats sugar craving after lunch. If you’re feeling like having something sweet, it will suffice with a small piece of dry coconut with a drizzle of jaggery over it, Diwekar said.
The best kinds of fruits to have are seasonal fruits. She advised that eating fresh fruit is not just “good for digestion,” but it will also keeps “bloating and inflammation down.”