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How Do I Prevent Adult Acne?

Acne affects teens and adults.
Flaxseed oil may help prevent adult acne.
Stress can cause acne in adults.
Acne can leave behind scars and marks.
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  • Written By: Sarah Sullins
  • Edited By: M. C. Hughes
  • Last Modified Date: 30 September 2014
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Preventing adult acne often involves making changes in your nutritional and hygiene routines, as well as reducing overall stress. Certain supplements can also be taken to help improve the skin and prevent acne. Correctly treating any present acne can also help prevent any future acne from occurring in adults.

Acne is often thought of as a skin condition that only affects teenagers, but many adults suffer from this problem as well. Women especially are more likely to deal with adult acne because of hormonal changes that occur naturally during their lives. Preventing acne can save an adult from having to deal with an embarrassing skin problem that can lead to scarring and infections.

Eating the right foods can help to prevent adult acne. The best foods for the prevention of adult acne are easy to digest and low in chemicals, preservatives, and fats. A healthy, well-rounded diet can improve the condition of a person’s skin, which in turn, reduces the chances of the development of acne.

Although there is some disagreement as to its influence on skin conditions, stress is one factor that many physicians believe can increase acne. This theory holds that because stress can have an impact on hormone levels, reducing the amount of stress in a person’s life may prevent adult acne. This can be done in a variety of ways including meditation and yoga. Lifestyle changes can also help individuals reduce their stress.

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Many skin products can be used to prevent adult acne and keep the skin clean and free of blemishes. Using the correct products can be an important part of a skin care regimen, because the wrong ones can dry out the skin, which triggers the glands in the skin to produce too much oil. Certain supplements like flaxseed oil or fish oil are often used by many people as a natural way to prevent adult acne. These types of supplements can be very useful in helping those who are unable to use traditional skincare products because of sensitive skin.

The way that acne is treated once it has occurred can help to prevent future breakouts of adult acne. Most agree that pimples should not be squeezed at home because this can lead to scarring and infection. Bacteria from the fingers can be introduced to the body while bacteria from the acne can be spread on the skin, leading to worsening symptoms. If a pimple must be lanced, it should be done by a doctor using sterile equipment.

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