As featured on Move Nourish Believe: Spots, zits, pimples: we all get them, regardless of age and gender, but if your teenage years are long gone and you still suffer from more than the odd breakout, there may be an underlying cause. In recent years, adult acne has been on the rise, and we’re not talking about a few pimples here and there – acne is a lingering condition that leaves skin sore, bumpy and congested with inflamed cysts, and it doesn’t clear up with soap and water and a dab of spot cream.
So what is the difference between acne, a pimple and a blackhead?
Whiteheads, inflamed spots, a rash-like eruption of pimples with or without heads and cystic boil-like lumps are indicators that you might have adult acne. Pimples are an infection that accumulates pus and often develops a head because of a closed follicle, while blackheads occur when a pore is clogged with sebum and the follicle stays open, which oxidizes sebum, thus turning it black. While hormones, stress and a poor diet may to be blame for problem skin, it’s worth remembering that spotty skin is a visual barometer of your internal health. Although genetics can contribute to the health and look of your skin, environment and lifestyle also play a key part.