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aren't the only ones who get acne - it can can effect adult men of all
ages. The average age of the acne sufferer in the US increased during
the last decade from 20.5 to 26.5 years old.
is a manifestation of internal imbalance that leads to overproduction
of sebum (skin oil) by sebaceous glands. This extra sebum together with
dead cells and dirt creates an ideal condition for bacteria what in turn
will cause an inflammation that presents itself as ACNE (pimples,
cysts, blackheads, whiteheads etc).
Hormones appear to be the primary culprit in adult male acne. The most potent stimulator of sebaceous glands are the male
hormones known as androgens. While both women and men actually produce
all three types of sexual hormones (testosterone, estrogen and
progesterone), naturally, men "manufacture" much more testosterone, and
therefore their cases of hormonal acne may be more severe, chronic and
difficult to treat.
testosterone levels increase due to exercise, and since today more men
are engaged in strenuous or even excessive workouts, acne became a more
Ways to Help Control Acne: Myths & Truths
the increase in androgens is the main reason why men get acne, there
are some additional factors that may exasperate the acne symptoms for
different people. Paying attention to them may help control acne
outbreaks, and speed up the treatment process. Controlling these factors
alone however is NOT sufficient to treat and PREVENT acne - as mentioned above, you must treat it to defeat it!
suggests that increased insulin can cause inflammation in the skin,
leading to breakouts. Casual observations also confirm that limiting
simple carbohydrates, switching to a whole grain, low sugar diet and
limiting processed foods that include sugar, can help to keep skin
Good and bad fats
can also play a role in helping guys to maintain clear skin. Fried food
high in saturated fats are bad not only for your body, but also for
your skin. Food rich in Omega-3's such as salmon, trout, sardines,
avocado or nuts and EPA supplements can reduce the inflammation and
therefore help to keep those pimples at bay.
believe that stress hormones can worsen acne. Certain steroid hormones,
like glucocorticoids and adrenal androgens, are released during stress,
and are known to cause breakouts by activating the oil glands,
therefore stimulating the sebum production that may start clogging the
is preliminary data to suggest that several years of sun exposure may
increase the skin's oil production (the skin tries to protect itself
against over drying agents like salicylic acid, alcohol, peroxide, sun
and wind). So if you live in a sunny climate, use non-comedogenic (non-pore clogging) sun protection and moisturizers.
also note that using any type of anabolic performance enhancing
products and/or testosterone boosters can lead to many problems,
including severe acne.
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