Worried that acne may be taking over your otherwise clean and clear skin? Contrary to popular belief, a blemish free skin should be easy to achieve beginning with a good personal hygiene and a skincare routine that suits your aging and acne-prone skin.
What is causing your acne?
So you think with aging skin, you should by now be worrying about wrinkles, fine lines and dark spots. But, why, of all these years, you are experiencing severe breakouts? Can adult acne be possible?
The answer is an unwavering “yes”. The major cause? Infections caused by a growing pile of grime and dead skin sitting on the surface of your skin.
Other than grime on your skin, acne in older people are also commonly caused by stress, hormonal changes during pregnancy and menopause or andropause, medications including birth control pills, and hair and skincare products that leave residues on your skin and block your pores.
How to vanish acne among adults?
Adult acne treatment may require a slightly different approach from the acne you may have overcome during your puberty. Given the causes listed above, a clean and clear skin is a requirement but perhaps not enough to effectively rid your adult skin of acne. Here are some tips you can try:
Don’t think that just because you have aging skin, you should be exempted from exfoliating. In fact, you should not miss exfoliation in your routine because you have two motivations for performing this routine regularly.
First, it is the simplest solution you can add to your blemish prevention routine because exfoliation involves sloughing away dead skin cells that, if not eliminated, will cause your pores to become infected. Second, exfoliation stimulates skin cell turnover which drastically slows down with aging skin.
- More effectively manage stress.
As an adult, it is not unlikely that you are juggling varying aspects of your life. There are times when all these dimensions seemingly conspire against you and fail all at the same time. Only through practicing can you keep yourself calm in strenuous situations. Find something that entertains and relaxes your mind, body and spirit to take the pressure off.
- Ditch the product that may be irritating you.
If you suspect it’s your toothpaste or shampoo or moisturizer that’s giving you pimples, do not hesitate ever to throw it in the bin. Shift to a soap-free cleanser. Ordinary soaps leave residues behind that clog your pores and which normally leave your skin dry, irritated and infected. It’s better to lose several dollars than to have to compromise your otherwise clean and clear skin.
- Act on the problem.
If it is a mild to moderate form of acne you’re suffering from, you may try the following DIY acne treatment for adults:
- Take an OTC topical acne treatment product.
Whether it is an ointment, a cream, or a facial wash, it’s what they’re made of that make a difference. Choose products that contain acne-fighting ingredients like benzoyl peroxide, sulfur, and salicylic acid.
- Try oil cleansing.
Yes, oil. Sometimes, the usual OTC solutions may not work particularly for sensitive skin types whose skin may get even more irritated with the dryness that comes with such products. Oil may be a major cause of adult acne but it’s also oil that can draw out excess natural oils blocking your pores. Try cleansing your face with natural tea tree oil.
- Consult with a dermatologist.
If all else fails or, when you see severe form of acne, it’s time to seek professional help, simply because this type of adult acne may require prescription only meds.
Don’t let blemishes get in the way of you and a more radiant, younger looking complexion. Take control of your acne problems. Get on an anti-acne routine today to see improvements sooner and even better than you ever imagined possible.