If you have acne, you know how frustrating it can be to deal with. It comes and goes, but sometimes it never seems to clear up completely. Whether you are in the throes of puberty or suffering from adult acne breakouts, it can be very difficult to keep your skin clear and blemish-free. That is why it is important to understand and take control of that never ending “acne cycle.”
Learn About the Acne Cycle
The acne cycle is another way of saying “persistent acne.” You may feel as though you are taking care of your skin as best as possible, but then only after a short period of clear skin, your acne returns. Drastic changes in hormone levels contribute to this cycle, which occurs most commonly during puberty, but may continue into your adult life.
Women have been known to suffer from persistent acne more often than men, according to the the AAD (American Academy of Dermatology), and it can continue beyond the age of 40, or even 50. Specifically, people who are more genetically prone to having acne are more likely to suffer from persistent acne as adults. In fact, as many as 50 percent of acne sufferers, adult and teenage alike, have an immediate family member who has had acne. Too much stress can also increase your risk for persistent acne.*
How to Break the Cycle
First off, remember that there are many different types of acne you may have. Understanding this will help you decide which proper treatment to use against your acne. Second, remember that taking the necessary steps for preventing your acne versus curing it is vital for the fight against breakouts. And thirdly, if the cycle of acne continues to repeat itself, try one or all of the following options:
- Stick to a regimen. Since you can’t see bacteria and dead skin as it’s accumulating, do not let your guard down. Keep adhering to a strict acne prevention system that is right for you whether or not your skin is clear for the moment.
- Watch your diet. There are some foods that can trigger certain acne-causing hormones, while some foods, specifically containing Vitamin A, can help prevent acne formation. To find out more about how your diet affects your skin, click HERE.
- Try taking a quality probiotic. Probiotics stimulate the growth of good bacteria in your intestines. According to Dr. Ben Kim, a spokesperson for natural holistic medicine, good bacteria will provide protection against certain toxins that may contribute to the formation and reformation of acne.**
For some extreme cases, there are certain medical procedures that can help. According to the Philippine Daily Inquirer, the most widely read and respected newspaper in The Philippines, a procedure using light therapy and heavy exfoliation techniques claims to rid the skin pores of all acne-causing bacteria. This painless, non-surgical procedure has proved effective on teens and adults, alike, however, it is dubbed more of a “cure” than a preventative development.*** The truly best way to break the acne cycle is through an ongoing, thoroughly preventative action. That is why finding the right acne program for you is crucial.
All Summed Up…
Persistent acne is certainly dermatological cross to bear for many people, but by adhering to the proper acne regimen, all of the time, not just when you’re breaking out, you can steer clear of that viciously never ending acne cycle.
As always, there is more to learn, so check out our extensive clear skin articles. Also, to find the acne skin care program that is right for you, complete our free questionnaire, and be on your way to healthy, beautiful skin!