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Teenage Stress & Acne

TEENAGE STRESS AND ACNE

‘ZIT WARRIORS’ - ON THE WARPATH!

IS IT A CASE OF “I HAVE ACNE BECAUSE I AM STRESSED”?  OR IS IT “I AM STRESSED BECAUSE I HAVE ACNE”?

Yes, it sucks!  And no, it is nothing like that one pimple that simply popped up on your lip that one time you landed up kissing some weirdo at a party!

This is a real struggle and acne at any age (including adults), can be quite traumatising.

Whether it is comforting or not to know that many people out there suffer from acne in one form or another, there are some who cannot even remember ever having clear skin at all.

With imminent Matric Farewells and as importantly, Preliminary Matric exams looming, stress, anxiety and excitement levels go through the roof.  Mommy Wellness decided it is a good time to provide a bit of background and hopefully, some helpful advice to our teenagers and parents about how teenage stress and acne often go hand in hand.

THE TEENAGE YEARS – STANDING THE TEST OF TIME 

As they say: “THIS TOO SHALL PASS”

Teenage years are a crucial phase in life.  This is the time when both emotional and physical changes are experienced, marking the start of puberty.

Skin matures gradually with the growth of a teenage body.  Unfortunately, maturing skin does not keep up with the process due to an excess production of sebum, which is an oily substance which lubricates the skin, often causing acne.

WELL ‘PICKING’ (PARDON THE PUN), IS OUT OF THE QUESTION AND SADLY SO IS ‘CHOOSING’

Acne takes on a few different forms and is certainly not fussy about its next victims.

When skin pores are clogged, whiteheads appear due to excess sebum and dead skin cells and those awful little (sometimes big), blackheads are caused through oxidization of debris inside open pores.

Another form of acne are papules, which occur after whiteheads, and after sebum and bacteria cause inflammation under the skin.

Cystic acne is more severe when dead skin cells and sebum clog the skin deep down and form an infected bump filled with pus.

HORMONES – THEY MOAN A LOT!

Often, ‘raging’ hormones (not what we want to hear, but there it is), can also be the cause of stress during teenage years, as can sweating.  Sweat is waste and contains fatty materials and salt which worsens the clogged pores, leading to acne breakouts.  Then even worse, bacteria start multiplying due to the heat which is produced during sweating.

Hygiene is of obvious and paramount importance and regular showering helps reduce the clogging of the pores.  Clean, clear water is always good when It comes to cleansing and clearing skin impurities.

As with all problematic issues, Mommy Wellness suggests seeking the advice of a Doctor if acne becomes a problem, particularly if stress-related, which often can be the case during teenage years.

Mommy Wellness has put together a few pointers which may be helpful:

Seeking advice from Skin Care specialists and support from parents can to a large degree, relieve overcoming the problem, making the whole process of dealing with acne much easier.

Treatments are available and a few precautionary measures can be put into place to help ease and sometimes even eliminate the problem.

Most important:  Always bear in mind the skin type.

  • KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR HIDDEN CAUSES OF ACNE
    Excessive consumption of processed food can lead to acne breakouts.  Donuts, ice-cream and cake etc. contain plenty of sugar and can cause inflammation.
  • A HEALTHY SKIN REGIME GOES WITHOUT SAYING
    Drawing up a healthy skin program and sticking to it, is the secret.  The most effective treatment is to wash your face twice a day – Immediately upon waking up and then just before going to bed. Always use sunscreen before any outdoor activities.  Oil-free sunscreens are readily available for acne-prone skin.
  • GETTING ENOUGH SLEEP IS HIGH ON THE LIST OF PRIORITIES
    Put down those phones and get off those tablets!
    Technology is often the reason why teenagers are sleep deprived.  Lack of sleep causes the secretion of more sebum, which in turn can cause acne.
    During sleep, rejuvenation of the body takes place, forming new cells and naturally resulting in skin looking healthier.
  • WATCH YOUR DIET!
    This can be quite tricky as everyone is different, and what triggers one may not necessarily trigger everyone.Certain foods like pasta, white bread and white rice are inclined to trigger insulin, causing oil glands in the skin to produce more oil, which in turn can induce acne.The good news is that foods which have been proved beneficial to the skin, such as baby marrows, un-processed fruits, veggies and whole grains contain a range of complex carbohydrates, which all help in the prevention of acne development.

    Unfortunately, the choice will be trial and error, as some foods agree with certain people, but can be the cause of an acne outbreak in others.

    When uncertain, it may be wise to consult with a Dietary Practitioner who will usually provide a general outline of do’s and don’ts, specifically formulated for the individual.

  • GENTLE EXFOLIATION AND MOISTURISING IS A MUST
    Bearing in mind that most teenage skins are rather sensitive, it is a good idea to explore the various options of natural exfoliation, which are gentle and not as harsh on the skin as the over-the-counter beauty products.  (Try a mixture of ground oatmeal and brown sugar).As the skin is already oily, it may seem strange that moisturising is imperative.  Moisturising stops the skin from producing more oil, which would mean more acne, and that’s the last thing we need.Always use a sunscreen that is at least SPF40.
  • GENES PLAY A PART TOO
    A genetic ‘acne background’ is often passed onto the next generation.  Genes play a major part in the development of acne as they determine sensitivity to hormones and other factors of the environment.
  • SORRY, BUT MAKE-UP IS NOT A BFF
    We are all fascinated by the amazing range of glamour and beauty products available, often believing that they are or could be a ‘quick fix’ to the acne problem.  Unfortunately, wearing makeup can come with its own problems and side effects, and when used with acne, can worsen the condition.Makeup is inclined to clog pores, encouraging blackheads, whiteheads and pimples.If you have the need to wear a little light makeup, always be aware of the ingredients.

Mommy Wellness has some amazing Teen packages which include stress release.

Take advantage of our 20% discount on advertised rates.  Go to http://mommywellness.co.za/urban-teen-wellness/, choose a suitable pampering session for your Teen and book an appointment.

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Pajama Drill Anyone? The Cool Dad

PAJAMA DRILL ANYONE? THE COOL DAD

Mommy Wellness shares a few of the ups and downs of modern Fatherhood

It’s almost a total change of identity.  In fact, it IS a change of identity because you are no longer who you have always been. Be it just that ordinary guy down the road, the cool dude at the gym, or Johnny Dazzle himself, YOU ARE NOW OR ABOUT TO BECOME A DAD!

Strange how the excitement about the paternity side of things usually dwindles rather quickly after the birth, as though nothing out of the ordinary has happened, and somehow it seems that you are expected to return to normal almost immediately.

ACTUALLY, WHAT’S NORMAL ANYWAY?

The keyword here is ‘normal’.  What is normal for the modern Dad and what is expected from him in this ever-changing, developing world of ours?

The whole scenario can be quite contradictory between family and society, especially at the workplace.  People seem surprised when a Dad becomes the No. 1 caregiver, and even hand out praise for doing what they should be doing as Fathers, yet Moms thanklessly carry on regardless, with the list of never-ending, exhausting tasks.

Similarly, to the way in which women eventually started expecting and demanding recognition of their presence in the workplace, men need to start doing the same and start negotiating the hurdles which sometimes seem to prevent them from committing to fatherhood and active participation in this new phase of life.

WHO IS SOCIETY TO DICTATE?

Cultural and societal expectations are truly a thing of the past in modern-day living, especially around the fact that it is taken for granted that those mothers are expected to be the primary caregivers.

It is quite interesting that opinions about caregiving, household chores, and other associated parenting responsibilities start in childhood. It is basically expected by society that the female of the human species should undertake these specific roles.  At last, it seems that our new generation of Dads are resisting these so-called ‘norms’ but due to ingrained childhood teachings, the transition has been rather slow.

MOMMY WELLNESS PLAYS INSPECTOR CLUESO

Mommy Wellness has also identified what could also be a cause of a Dad’s reluctance to interact in situations when required to do so with his partner, as an expectant couple.  Occasionally they feel almost ignored and even unwelcome during prenatal care.

Sometimes, they may even feel this way during birthing classes.  This is often due to sensitive emotions being experienced at the time.  It is understandable that much focus is placed on the safety of the mother and child.  However, engaging fathers are associated with enhanced maternal health and the well-being of the child.

So, in short, men are just as capable as women when it comes to childcare.

No, you cannot breastfeed, and you may not be as eager to jump up in the middle of the night to change a soiled, smelly nappy.  But hey, this is your kid and there is nothing more rewarding than watching the progress of this human being and playing an integral role in the development of a brand-new life.  Sleep on the side of the bed closest to where the baby sleeps.  That way you will be more like to wake up easier and can at least help make your partner comfy at least when the 02:00 feed comes around!

GET DOWN AND DIRTY AS SOON AS YOU CAN

The best way to overcome any uncertainty or awkwardness about being a new dad is to immediately be ‘hands-on’. Spend as much time as you can with baby, and you will be amazed at how quickly you will bond with your new addition and how your confidence will improve. The more time you spend together, the more time you will want to spend together.

YOUR RELATIONSHIP NEEDS ATTENTION

Don’t lose sight of your partner in all the hype and excitement.  Keep the things you both enjoy close at heart, as sometimes your respective energies sometimes suddenly and without notice, take on new directions.  Remember to hug and connect with her every day after baby falls asleep. This small act of concern and comfort goes a long way!

DON’T FORGET YOU BOTH NEED TIME OUT TOO!

The same way as you take the time to spend with your family, so you need to spend time with your friends and continue pursuing your hobbies.  You probably will never again have the same amount of free time, but it is important for the sake of sanity!

Don’t forget that your partner needs the same peace of mind, so offer to take over the baby chores for an hour or two whilst she has a cup of coffee with a friend, or why not simply treat her to our amazing Mommy Wellness ‘Time Out’ spa package?  Nothing beats a full body massage to soothe away all the aches and pains, followed by a cup of tea/coffee and a bit of time to read her favourite magazine.

We haven’t forgotten the ‘new’ Dad and offer a range of pampering treatments ‘For Him’ from which to choose.

You both deserve a good spoil at this stage, so give us a call and book your appointments.

IT’S A LIFE-CHANGING EXPERIENCE

Yes you will be tired, yes you will think of your single days without the responsibility of nurturing and raising a little human but believe it, there is no better feeling than being handed that new-born bundle, knowing it’s all yours and building a lifetime of love and fatherhood.

For more information, please visit us at www.mommwellness.co.za

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