I'm past puberty, why do I still get acne?

Skin problems are largely influenced by genetic factors. Both acne and skin allergies can be influenced by genetics. It is true that luck plays a role in this. If one parent has a history of acne, it is possible to be prone to acne. If one parent has a history of acne, it is possible to be prone to acne. both parents have this issue, it becomes even more difficult to avoid. For individuals with related genes, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and paying attention to diet can be very helpful. While it may be challenging to completely prevent acne, it is possible to significantly reduce the number of acne and the severity of inflammation, thus maintaining the overall health of facial skin.

When it comes to acne, it often fluctuates over time. The fact that there are periods when the body's condition improves indicates its potential for improvement. By supporting the body's repair mechanisms and avoiding disruptions, it is possible to improve and restore the skin condition to some extent.

Let's consider the 20 causes of acne. Have you experienced any of them?
For individuals with acne issues, you can evaluate yourself based on the following list to reflect on the problems you may have:

  • Women with polycystic ovary syndrome (one of the symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome is the occurrence of acne in large quantities).

  • Being overweight, especially if there has been a history of rapid weight gain (this can cause hormonal imbalances).

  • Not being overweight, but having low muscle mass or soft muscles, high body fat percentage, and lack of firmness (this often indicates insulin resistance, which is a factor that promotes acne).

  • Consuming excessive amounts of sweets or sweetened beverages (sugar-rich foods promote insulin resistance, increase inflammatory responses, and deplete B vitamins, all of which contribute to acne).

  • Rarely consuming whole grains and only consuming foods made from white rice and refined flour (a state of high blood sugar response also promotes insulin resistance and inflammatory responses. White rice and refined flour have low B vitamin content).

  • Enjoying various pastries, bread, snacks, and cakes that are high in oil, salt, and sugar (same reasons as above).

  • Feeling drowsy after meals but craving snacks between meals (this may indicate high blood sugar response or insulin resistance. You can visit a hospital to test postprandial blood sugar levels at 3 hours and insulin secretion curves).

  • Having an acne reaction to milk and dairy products (for some people, IGF-1 and certain proteins in milk may promote acne. The same applies to goat's milk).

  • Having a preference for fried, grilled foods, and enjoying the taste of "smoke" and charred flavors (these types of foods contain a large amount of pro-inflammatory substances produced by high-temperature heating, which can worsen acne).

  • Heating oil to a high temperature when cooking and considering Sichuan peppercorns and chili peppers to be fragrant only when they turn yellow-brown (same reasons as above).

  • Enjoying roasted or heavily seasoned nuts such as peanuts, watermelon seeds, and sunflower seeds (these nuts and roasted snacks are rich in pro-inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids, and excessive roasting or frying generates pro-inflammatory substances).

  • Consuming a large amount of meat and eating very little vegetables (excessive saturated fatty acids are pro-inflammatory factors, while polyphenols and other antioxidant components, as well as dietary fiber in vegetables, are beneficial for reducing inflammation and improving acne condition).

  • Experiencing poor digestion and absorption, having gastrointestinal diseases (inadequate digestion and absorption of food can lead to chronic allergies or intolerances to certain food items, promote inflammation in the body, and cause imbalances in the gut microbiota, leading to acne).

  • Having a monotonous diet, experiencing deficiencies in various B vitamins or vitamin A (insufficient vitamin B2 and vitamin B6 can cause seborrheic dermatitis, and excessive sebum production promotes acne. Vitamin A deficiency reduces skin repair capabilities).

  • Experiencing infrequent bowel movements (imbalanced gut microbiota is a significant cause of skin problems).

  • Engaging in too little physical exercise or excessive high-intensity exercise (insufficient exercise promotes insulin resistance and obesity, while excessive high-intensity exercise can disrupt hormone levels).

  • Experiencing high levels of mental stress and dissatisfaction (stress and anxiety promote inflammatory responses).

  • Having late bedtimes, staying up late frequently, or experiencing frequent insomnia (staying up late and insomnia both promote inflammatory responses and reduce skin repair capabilities).

  • Using excessive amounts of cosmetics or being sensitive to certain skincare products.

  • Experiencing side effects from certain medications.
Take a look at the list above and identify how many of the 20 factors apply to you. Therefore, the most important principle is to improve your overall health, avoid insulin resistance, adjust hormone balance, improve digestion and absorption, and reduce inflammatory responses.