While your student years may be a great experience in expanding your mind, we’re sure we can all agree: it takes a toll on your skin.
Unfortunately, spots aren’t just reserved for your adolescent years. It’s common for young adults to experience problematic skin. So, before you begin to feel as if you’re alone in the world, remember: breakouts are a normal part of the human experience. Yes, we agree. It really isn’t fair.
Takeouts, late nights, stress from a heavy course load, and a shift in your sleeping pattern (napping more than a preschooler?) while also getting used to a new environment are all factors leading to what we’ve all encountered at least once in our life: a monumental skin freak out.
But before you let your skin take control of your life, take a moment to figure out why this is happening in the first place.
Why is your skin behaving like you’re still in school?
Knowing why your skin is acting up is the first step to fixing the problem.
Acne is caused by a variety of factors including excess sebum (an oily substance from the sebaceous glands), clogged follicular skin cells, and bacteria. But there is one other common factor causing our skin to misbehave. Cue the hormones. Yes, your hormones are partly to blame for your lingering spots. Both men and women have androgenic hormones (like testosterone) and having too many of them results in an increase of oil production that in turn causes clogged pores.
Acne is not something you should ignore, and hope goes away once you grow up. Yet you don’t have to accept it, even if it feels like you’re never going to escape this.
The good news is there is an answer. It may not happen instantly. It take somes patience and attention but there’s one thing you can do.
It’s time to get into the daily routine of taking care of your skin.
Sticking to a solid skincare routine is your best defence. We know student life doesn’t leave much time for self-pampering. It doesn’t need endless amounts of products and steps. You just need a few minutes in the morning and night to give your skin everything it needs to heal. Get into the habit of cleansing and hydrating your skin on a daily basis and you’ll start to see the results. Consistency and commitment are key.
Take an easy (but smart) approach
Your skin is inflamed and irritated, so you need to approach the situation with a gentle touch. You may be tempted to apply every harsh treatment cream you can find on the market – scrubs, chemical peels and benzoyl peroxide may promise you a miraculous result overnight, however, most of the time these products will do more harm than good.
Ah, the lovely stress hormone, cortisol is a fan of ramping up our androgens, having an effect on not only our skin but our overall health, too. Yes, it’s easier said than done but stress can be eliminated altogether by setting boundaries, managing your time and asking for help from those around you when you need it most. Remember, you’re not alone.
Feed your skin
Eat leafy greens from the cabbage family (broccoli and brussel sprouts work wonders in giving excess hormones like oestrogen the boot). Avoid foods that may cause stress hormones to act up. Dairy, excess coffee, alcohol and sugar are common triggers. Ok, so it may sound like we’re trying to take away all the things you need for survival during deadlines (we would never do such a thing). It’s about finding the balance and taking care of yourself. Trust us, your skin and body will thank us in the long term.