Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Will you ever outgrow acne?

An article by PAULA BEGOUN of Cosmetic Cops to share :)



It’s a myth that women outgrow acne yet the belief that you're not supposed to break out once you reach your 20s and beyond persists!

If only that myth were true, my skin-care struggles in life would have been very different. In fact, women in their 20s, 30s, 40s, and even 50s can have acne just like teenagers, and the treatment principles remain the same.

Not everyone who has acne as a teenager will grow out of it, and even if you had clear skin as a teenager, there's no guarantee that you won't get acne later in life, perhaps during menopause.

You can blame this often-maddening inconsistency on hormones. What is true is that men can outgrow acne, because after puberty men's hormone levels level out, while women's hormone levels fluctuate throughout their lifetime, which is why many women experience breakouts around their menstrual cycle
(Sources: International Journal of Cosmetic Science, June 2004, pages 129-138; American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, May 2006, pages 281-290; International Journal of Dermatology, November 2007, pages 1188-1191).

Regardless of your age, gender, skin color, or ethnicity, what causes acne is the same across the board (Source: British Journal of Dermatology, May 2000, pages 885–892). As a result there are certain basics for fighting breakouts that are essential if you are going to have any chance of winning the battle.

To create a plan of action—and it does take an organized plan of action and experimentation—it is essential to let go of all the persistent and pervasive but inaccurate information concerning blemishes and instead learn what really can help your skin. You can’t choose wisely if you don’t know what you’re fighting against!

If you don’t understand all your options and don’t focus on what can work and what can’t, you will end up making the condition worse than it was to begin with, or find temporary relief only to have the problems show up time and time again.

I discuss all of the various options for managing acne in my latest book, The Original Beauty Bible, 3rd Edition.

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