Skin Care Column: Help With Acne

Skincare Column
Help with Acne

Acne Aggravators:

  • Hormones: Multiple hormones are associated with acne, but it’s the increase intestosterone or androgens, that impact skin most. When the body experiences a surge in hormones (from menstruation, pregnancy, menopause or stress), androgen levels rise, causing the production of skin cells and oil to be amplified. Skin doctors say that adult acne may also be caused by an increased sensitivity or de-sensitivity to the hormones that are in the body at a later point in life. Some say the reason for pimples around menstruation is related to a surge in testosterone as the body gets ready to release an egg.
  • Stress:  Stress effects the body by causing the hormone cortisol to skyrocket as aresponse mechanism. High levels of cortisol cause the sebaceous glands to go into over-drive.
  • Food:  Your diet shows on your skin. One theory for the rise in adult acne is attributed to hormones in the foods we eat. Conventional dairy and meat products are knownto have artificial hormones in them. It is possible that the rise in adult acne is correlated to the hormonal activities in our daily consumption. Researchers believe there may besome link to an increased rate of acne in association with milk and some dairy products, but concrete evidence has yet to be proven.

Anti-Acne Tips:

  • Sweat toxins out of your skin regularly in a sauna.
  • Practice regular exfoliating facial treatments such as steam based facials, chemical peels or microdermabrasion.
  • Wash your pillow (as well as your pillowcase) every few weeks. Microscopic bacteria love to settle in the pillows and can easily become trapped in the pores.
  • Try to eat organically farmed, hormone-free meat and dairy products whenever possible.
  • Practice a more peaceful and relaxing lifestyle by getting seven to eight hours of sleep each night.

June English is a licensed esthetician and owner of Professional Skin Care Choices LLC., in LosAlamos. For more information, visit .