If you’ve never experienced acne in your teen years, then count yourself lucky.
It might not have been a major area of concern for you back in the days but to most people, acne was among the factors that, and if well investigated, ruined their overall self-esteem depending on the severity of the condition. But come in your early twenties and forward into your late twenties and you still have those pointy cysts around your neck area, then it’s most likely if not assured that you are experiencing cystic acne. There are so many reasons why you might be going through this phase in life and luckily for you, we’ll be digging deeper into it. Below are the seven most common causes of cystic acne.
1. Hormonal Changes
Most of your bodily functions are dictated by your hormones. If they taught you right, they must have mentioned that hormones act as messengers in the maintenance of healthy cells, tissues, and overall bodily functions. Nevertheless, an increased level of hormones in your body can never be deemed as healthy. You might encounter various changes with an increased level of various hormones in your system, some of which can be catastrophic to your health. To know whether you have hormonal acne as a result of your hormones acting up or if you have a hormone imbalance, then the next few pointers will make sense in all of it. Below are ways to tell whether you have a hormonal imbalance:
- Regular mood swings
- Low libido
- Excess hair in the body
- Painful and irregular menstrual cycles
- Hot flashes
- Recurrent yeast infections
2. Humidity And Germs In Your Living Spaces
Humidity in the air can contribute to cystic acne. A lot of moisture on your skin will attract and trap germs making your skin to be more susceptible to infections. Among the things you can do is to use an effective air conditioning system to help in dehumidifying your living spaces.
Additionally, cleaning up your living spaces can greatly help in reducing the number of germs such as pet dander, bacteria, and dead skin cells from your upholstery, carpets, and beddings. This will involve the use of antiseptic laundry products as well as germ cleaning products for your tables, countertops, and floors.
Now, you’ll also need to be mindful of your environment as not all the places you’ll visit will be free of germs. Let’s not forget the harmful effects of UV rays and how they can affect your skin. Seasonal changes such as might raise the humidity levels will encourage a higher production of sebum, the oily substance secreted by your skin, which has been found to exacerbate acne as well as other skin conditions. By all means, if you have cystic acne, avoid open spaces, polluted environments, and high-temperature locations.
3. Wearing The Wrong Types Of Clothing
If you have been experiencing these unwanted zits on the most sensitive parts of your skin, then you might want to consider revisiting your wardrobe choices. One thing to note is that too much friction on sensitive skin types might cause cystic acne. Whatever you are wearing could be the major cause of your skin problems not to forget the discomforts you’ll be experiencing throughout the day.
Some types of fabrics including synthetic fabrics such as nylon, acrylic, and polyester can worsen your acne problems and the best way is to switch to fabric materials that are sweat proof such as cotton and silk. Such materials will help to reduce the friction on the skin making it easier to manage your cystic acne.
4. Greasy/Oily Cosmetics
Managing and controlling cystic acne requires that you be on the lookout for the best cosmetic products. By this, it means checking the properties and ingredients used in your cosmetic products. Also, you need to determine your skin type as some skin types are more prone to various types of acne. Oily skin is among the skin types that are more susceptible to various skin infections including cystic acne. Among the ways you can control cystic acne on oily skin include:
- Using skin toners
- Skin cleansers
- Using medicated pads on affected areas of the skin
- Using moisturizers sparingly
- Using oil-free sunscreens
- Adapting to an oil-free skin regimen
5. Oily Foods
It’s about time you waved bye-bye to junk foods. It’s almost impossible when there’s a fast-food joint on almost every corner. Nevertheless, you need to prioritize your health as this will help you to make decisive decisions as pertains to your skin conditions. Alternatively, consider a healthier diet that includes fruits and veggies. Some fruits and vegetables have therapeutic effects on the skin. These include:
- Yellow as well as orange vegetables and fruits such as carrots and apricots
- Green veggies such as spinach and kales
You are what you eat and this will be evident in the condition of your skin. By eating healthy foods, you’ll be supplying your skin with all that it needs to fight off infections and cystic acne are no exception.
6. The Use Of Certain Drugs
Before you check out of the drug store, be sure to ask your chemist whether the tabs contain ingredients that can exacerbate your acne condition. The last thing you want is your medication being the cause of your skin infection. While it’s not as common as they might make you think, some ingredients in medication can, and have been found to cause serious acne problems. Among such medications include anything that contains bromides and iodides.
7. Wrong Supplement Ingredients
Certain supplements such as might contain DHEA can also contribute to serious cystic acne conditions. So, before you get all excited about having one problem solved, be sure to consult with your physician or derma before taking just any meds.
It cannot be reiterated enough on the importance of consulting with your derma whenever you have a skin condition. They’ll provide you with insights on the best skin care products to use, the best medication, and not to mention, the best skincare practices to utilize.
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