Can you get acne at any age?
Adult Acne is one of the more common skin issues we get asked about in the salon. The most recent case is 45 year old Anna. Believe it or not, acne seems to be affecting people of all ages these days but is usually associated with teenagers. Acne is on the rise in women in their 30s, 40s and 50s. Anna told us that it started with a flare up on her face, slowly moving onto her chest. She said she did not suffer from acne as a teenager and was at a loss as to why this is happening to her now in her 40s?
Things that affect your skin
A person’s lifestyle should always be considered with any skin condition. We encourage them to look at their diet, followed by the level of stress they have in their life, how much sleep they are getting and any medication they may be taking. Anna told us that her job has become increasingly demanding lately. She has had to work longer hours to fulfil projects as her department are short staffed. She said she hasn’t been eating particularly well due to long hours. She also said that it’s rare that she manages a full night of sleep. This brief history gave Anna a lot of clues as to what could be going wrong. Before we go on to tell you how Anna fixed her acne, let’s talk a little bit about the skin and its functions:
The skin is the largest organ of the human body, it is often referred to as the third kidney.
The skin has several functions. It helps to:
- Eliminate toxic waste
- Draws in nutrients, moisture
- Regulates temperature
- Sends signals to other organs of the body
- Synthesises Vitamin D from the Sun
- Protects us from chemicals, radiation and micro-organisms.
What does skin do?
Most people try to treat acne using over the counter remedies. It is important to remember that acne starts as an internal problem so you should focus on the inside as well the outside. These over the counter remedies are not very effective so a visit to the doctor usually follows. Most doctors give prescriptions for drugs such as Accutane which may clear the skin for a while only to have it return at a later date. The problem with taking medication like Accutane, is that they have serious side effects such as all over dryness, skin irritation, changes in weight, bowel problems, joint pain, dizziness, drowsiness, hallucinations, depression and even suicide.
What causes acne?
Are you backed up? A lot of people don’t have regular bowel movements. The problem with this is that anything left undigested in the colon will eventually putrefy and become toxic, a key factor in lots of underlying health issues. Ideally, we should ideally be producing two to three bowel movements daily to prevent health problems. A diet high in fibre is the absolute best in assisting the body to do this job. Adult acne can also be triggered by stress and hormones which can have an effect on the normal functions of the body. So, the first thing Anna needed to tackle was her diet. She was consuming, what we refer to as, a standard diet of potatoes, rice, pasta, bread, meat, fish, eggs, dairy, some processed foods, along with some fruit and vegetables. On the face of it, this would appear to be a normal diet for most people, but when you have skin issues there are food groups that should be avoided which can then be re-introduced (healthy options) once the problem is resolved.
Anna’s treatment for acne
Right, you have some facts so let’s move on to what Anna did to overcome her issues with adult acne.
- The first thing she did was to change to a plant-based diet consisting mainly of raw food. This is not as difficult as you might think! Fruit and salads are counted as raw foods. If you think this is going to be difficult for you, always start slowly with only fruit for breakfast then gradually include more raw foods into your daily diet. It is vital to stick with freshly prepared food you make yourself from scratch. Like the plague, avoid anything processed. Anna followed the following diet:
- Drink filtered water first thing in the morning with added freshly squeezed lemon juice and continue drinking this throughout the day. It will help to get those toxins moving out fast!
- Breakfast should be fruit only, why not make a smoothie packed with berries and mangoes mixed with spring water. Apples, pears, oranges, any fruit you like are your best friends and remember to eat as much as you can. Avoid bananas whilst following this diet, they are a great fruit but not good when detoxing the skin! Fruit is high in antioxidants and packed full of flavonoids, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, all of which have huge health benefits.
- Eat your fruit first at lunchtime followed by a salad. The reason for this is that you need the acid in fruit to get to work first (if you are eating melons, they should always be eaten alone because they are the fastest digesting fruit on the planet, leave 20 minutes before eating anything after). Fruits digest quickly cleaning as they go and any introduction to other food groups before or at the same time will cause fermentation which can lead to gas, bloating and constipation.
- For evening meals get creative with cooked vegetables. I know this may sound boring to anyone eating a standard diet but there are some gorgeous vegan recipes available. Have a look in our Plant Apostle kitchen for some ideas.
If your acne is active, avoid having facials until the skin has settled down as this may cause further irritation. Exercise to bring on a sweat! Sweat is one of the major ways toxins travels out of the body so don’t try to stop it! Organic and natural are best when it comes to what you put on your skin. Most skin and body care products contain chemicals which we need to avoid at all costs. You can purchase anything we recommend from our Plant Apostle shop, all our products are non-toxic, chemical free and vegan friendly.
Anna’s skincare regime consisted of the following protocol:
- Wash skin with Evolve’s Daily Detox Facial Wash
- Tone with Antipodes Resurrect Facial Toner
- Evolve’s Rainforest Rescue Blemish Serum should be used under Evolve’s True Balance lotion
- Double cleanse your skin at night. This will remove makeup and pollution from the skin
- Apply Madara’s Purifying Mud Mask twice weekly in your night time routine
A simple approach is best when it comes to tackling acne. Everything we have discussed may not be the fastest way to fix your problem, but we promise, it is the permanent way to a healthy skin and body with lasting results! Don’t be surprised if you start to feel amazing! It’s a natural side effect of looking after yourself.