This Is Why You Still Get Acne When You’re Out Of Your Teens

Surprise - “heaty” food has nothing to do with it


Don’t you just hate it when you’ve got a stubborn spot that just won’t go away? Or when you’ve got a cluster of them that seem to have taken up permanent residence on your chin despite months of using spot treatments? 

After all, aren’t pimples meant for young teenagers and not grown women? Dr Lum Yang Xi of IDS Clinic tells us why we’re still getting spots even as we age. 

Does Singapore’s humidity play a significant part in causing acne problems?

Humidity may contribute to acne as it opens up the pores, causing them to be more susceptible to dirt and bacteria in the air. Also, it may stimulate more oil production, which may exacerbate skin conditions such as acne. 

How prevalent is adult-onset acne and is there anything we can do to prevent it?

Adult-onset acne is more prevalent than one may think. In a study of 1,013 people by the University of Alabama in Birmingham, the prevalence of acne in women and men respectively are: 50.9 per cent and 42.5 per cent for 20-29 years; 35.2 per cent and 20.1 per cent for 30-39 years; 26.3 per cent and 12 per cent for 40-49 years. Hormonal influences appear to be one of the causes for adult acne in women. 

A good and effective skincare regimen is essential in preventing a case of adult acne. Incorporating antioxidants into your skincare can help fight free radicals and prevent acne as well. 

Do stress, consuming “heaty” foods and late nights cause acne?

Stress and late nights may cause hormonal imbalances, which could lead to breakouts. However, “heaty” foods like chocolates and fried foods are not linked to higher incidences of acne. Note that studies have shown that consuming dairy products in excess may cause acne problems, though. 

What’s your battle plan when it comes to treating acne problems?

A combination of treatments is often the most effective way, especially for those experiencing moderate to severe breakouts. A good skincare range incorporating topical antioxidants and probiotics, together with oral medication and treatments like light therapy, may be required to control the initial breakout. For maintenance, manage with a suitable skincare regimen. 

Probiotics? How can they help treat acne?

Probiotics, which are good bacteria that protect the body from harmful bacteria, are everywhere. Science has shown that topical probiotics can be beneficial for our skin and also help with acne in the following ways:

- Building a protective shield against bad bacteria and parasites

- Providing anti-microbial properties

- Calming the skin 

So incorporating a product that uses probiotics can definitely help reduce your acne problems. 

ELLE recommends: 

At home

Try IDS Probiotic Mask, $67 (excluding GST) + IDS Dermprobiotic, $55 (excluding GST)
The former is a probiotic-rich mask that not only reduces inflammation and the size of your pimple, but also helps control excess sebum production so skin stays clean and clear, while the latter contains lactobacillus coagulans, a strain of live bacteria that forms a protective shield over the skin to prevent acne-causing bacteria from attacking while destroying existing harmful bacteria at the same time. 

Mix one to two capsules of the Dermprobiotic together with a generous dollop of the Probiotic mask in the palm of your hand, and apply over the face. Leave for 45 to 60 minutes, then rinse. 

At the doctor’s office

Try IDS Micro-RF, $650 per session (excluding GST)
A micro needle is inserted into stubborn and persistent spots to destroy overactive sebaceous glands at the root using radiofrequency energy. The needle is partially insulated along the upper part so that it doesn’t burn the skin, to ensure that the heat is delivered only to where it’s needed. 

For more information, visit IDS Clinic at #05-07 Novena Specialist Centre, 6568-3555.

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