4 Causes of Adult Acne and How to Get Rid of It

5 Common Causes of Adult Acne and What to Do About It

For a lot of people, acne doesn't disappear after the teenage years. Here's why you're still getting acne and what you can do about it.

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Adult acne is one of the most annoying skin conditions that never seems to go away. Here are some common acne causes and treatments that can help you understand how to combat your pesky acne.

Hormone Imbalance

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The main cause of adult acne in females is hormone imbalance. Our hormones fluctuate throughout our menstrual cycle, specifically while we're on our period. The changes in hormone levels can lead to breakouts and painful cystic acne. Birth control can help to balance hormones and reduce acne. If you don't want to use birth control, try using products that can help treat and prevent acne such as Salicylic Acid and Benzoyl Peroxide. These products are great for all kinds of acne causes and treatments because they literally dry out your pimples.

Stress

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Stress is another main cause of adult acne. When we stress ourselves out, our hormones can be thrown out of wack and lead to really bad acne all over the face. If you are getting stress acne, the best way to treat it is by reducing your stress. Try doing things that help you unwind at the end of a stressful day. You can meditate, do yoga, read a book, go for a run, or really anything that puts your mind to ease. Once you start to alleviate your stress, you'll quickly see a reduction in acne.

Eating Habits

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A huge reason why a lot of college adults get acne is because they are eating poorly. When you're balling on a budget, it's easy to opt for cheap foods that offer very little nutritional value. But this is actually what's causing your skin to break out. If you're eating healthy but still think your skin is breaking out because of your eating habits, you may have a food intolerance. This means that a food that isn't necessarily unhealthy, such as dairy or seafood, causes you to break out. To find which foods are causing breakouts, keep a journal of the foods you eat each day, and the condition of your skin. If you find that you always break out after eating dairy, you will want to cut that out of your diet to prevent any future breakouts.

Daily Skincare Routine

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Not only is it important to take care of your skin every day, but you need to make sure you're using the right products for your skin type. People with oily skin should not be using products for people with dry skin. This can lead to constant acne that can otherwise be avoided. For acne prone skin, make sure you wash your face with a gentle cleanser in the morning and evening. You should moisturize with something that isn't too oily, as that can clog your pores and lead to more acne. I love using a tea tree moisturizer because while it moisturizes my skin, it also pulls the excess oil and fights acne. You should also be exfoliating every 2 or 3 days. This pulls dirt and excess oil keeping your face protected from impurities that lead to acne.

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Me Saying I Don't Watch 'Game of Thrones' Is NOT Your Cue To Convince Me To Start

"Once you've accepted your flaws, no one can use them against you."

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Yes, I have flaws. We all do. But it seems as if though my biggest flaw is that I have never seen "Games of Thrones." Nope, not even one single second. I don't know why I haven't seen it, it's not that I'm particularly against the show. I guess it's just too late now for me to start it, as the premiere of the eighth and final season aired April 14th. And for some reason, I just feel that I'm too far behind to even attempt to start it.

But please, I beg of you, do not try to get me to watch it. I don't want to; I've made my decision that I have missed the "Game of Thrones" train and I have accepted my fate. It's OK, you can use your heavy TV series persuasion on someone else, don't waste it on me.

But not being a Thronie (I have no idea if you "Game of Thrones" fans actually use that term, but it's fine) comes with its own set of hardships. Yes, I know that missing out on "unquestionably the most acclaimed and beloved show on television" is probably the greatest hardship, I know, I know.

But trying to scroll through social media while seemingly every single person on my feed is posting about the show? Now that's hard. I see memes left and right, constant reaction videos, clips of scenes that I will never understand. I see people being shocked by certain characters doing certain things to certain other characters and I just cannot understand! It's tough, it really is. I feel like I'm in elementary school, sitting on the bench beside the playground watching all of the cool kids playing together. I feel excluded and uninvited to the party that is the "Game of Thrones" fandom.

It really is hard. It's difficult not understanding the jokes and comments about all the happenings in "Game of Thrones." But to those who are obsessed avid watchers, I apologize. I sincerely am sorry that I can never understand your "Game of Thrones" talk. I am sorry that my inferior self is not interested in your favorite show.

As some character that I will never know in "Game of Thrones" says, "once you've accepted your flaws, no one can use them against you." I have accepted that my major flaw is the fact that I have never seen "Game of Thrones" and that I, unfortunately, have no interest in watching. So please, don't use it against me. Besides, that one character that I don't even know said that you can't anyway.

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3 Ways to Save Money on Utilities During Winter

As college students or young adults, we're always looking for ways to save some extra money each month. Here's how you can keep your house warm without spending a fortune on heating this winter.

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Don't leave your heater blasting for the next two months and pay a ton of money to the utility company. Here are three ways to keep warm and save money.

Make Sure Your Heating System Is Performing Optimally

Your heating system is what will keep your house warm throughout the winter months, but don't pay a ton of extra money because your system is working harder to heat your home. If your heating system is working at its best, it will save you a ton of money during the winter. If you think your system isn't working properly, you can have professionals come out and take a look.

Keep Your Home Insulated

Insulation helps to keep your home warm without using extra heat. By keeping your home insulated, you can save a fortune on utilities because your heating system will be doing a lot less heating. If you don't want to pay for insulation, you can do small things around the house to keep it warmer. Keep the curtains closed all the time to hold in heat. Have the fans turn the opposite way to circulate warm air. These small things can really make a difference.

Bundle Up

Instead of jumping straight to turn the heater on when it gets a bit cold in your home, bundle up with a sweater, sweatpants, and a blanket first. Keep yourself warm using comfy clothing instead of paying money to heat your home. You'll still feel just as toasty, and you'll see a big drop in your monthly utility bill from not using the heater as much.

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