Acne is one of the most common of all skin disorders, affecting almost everyone at some point in their lives. However, as adults, we assume the years of ugly pimples are behind us. While most people outgrow acne in their late teens or early twenties, many are affected into adulthood or even experience late onset acne. Although the exact cause of adult acne is unknown, possible contributors include stress, cosmetics and hormones.
Adult acne can be frustrating but can also have long-lasting effects on the self-esteem and self confidence for those suffering from it. To combat blemishes, treatment starts at home. Here are 4 simple steps to help with adult acne:
- Wash your Face – washing your skin twice a day with a gentle cleanser is key in removing excess oils and makeup that can clog your pores. We love Vivier’s Acne wash. This broad-spectrum antimicrobial acne wash is an all-in-one cleanser and toner that deep cleans pores to remove surface impurities such as dirt, oil and bacteria while helping to prevent new acne pimples. It contains 2% salicylic acid USP (pharmaceutical grade) for the treatment and prevention of acne pimples.
- Exfoliate – exfoliating the skin will help to remove the buildup of dirt and oils in the pores causing the skin to look oily. Gentle scrubs are good, especially ones that contain a little salicylic acid. Salicylic acid is anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory which helps flush out the pores as well as reduces inflammation associated with acne break outs. We love the ZO TE Pads which can be used twice a day to help minimize surface oils and exfoliate pore-clogging dead skin cells and dirt. Using the pads twice a day also helps to calm and soothe irritated skin.
- Hydrate your skin – it is important to keep your skin hydrated to prevent the skin from over producing oils. If your skin feels thirsty, it will create more oil to nourish it. By keeping your skin properly hydrated, it will function normally without becoming overly oily.
- When choosing makeup, always choose mineral, oil free makeup brands – most drug store brands contain silicone and are oil based. Mineral makeup is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, and won’t clog your pores. We love Jane Iredale makeup as it is mineral based and has the added benefit of containing an SPF.
Fortunately, the physical and emotional effects of acne can be reversed with proper at home care and in office treatment. While adult acne can be persistent, an individualized treatment plan from our office can help you reduce blemishes, prevent scarring and eliminate your acne. With diligent at home care, your acne can be significantly improved, allowing you to regain your confidence!