Adult acne attack
Q: “I must admit I was lucky as a teen and I never really had skin problems except those one or two but it was never bad.”¨Now, I have a lot more pimples!”¨ Does anyone know what I can do??" – Alwaysloves
A: “Getting breakouts in adulthood is more common than many people may think, so you are NOT on your own. The primary aggravating factor is stress and hormonal fluctuations. You will need to find products specifically designed for 'adult acne/skin congestion' – not those for teenage acne, as they are much stronger and will be too harsh on your skin. I'd advise you seek out medicated products that will gently clear the skin.” Emma Hobson, Education Manager for International Dermal Institute, and Dermalogica.
Emma’s top tips to minimising adult acne: ”¨
Cleansing – cleanse twice in the morning and twice in the evening with either a medicated facial gel, or a clay-based cleanser. Clays act like a mini mask and can absorb the excess sebum off the skin without drying the skin out.
Exfoliation – this is a key step in the treatment. If your skin is free from inflamed spots then you can use a scrub two – three times a week. If not, try using hydroxy acids – in particular, salicylic acid, which is great for breakouts – or digestive enzymes, such as pineapple or papaya.
Masking – use a deep cleansing, sebum-controlling mask at least once or twice a week. Look for those specifically for congested oily skin with breakouts. Clay-based masks are great as they draw out impurities and absorb excess oil.
Moisturising – even if your skin is oily you still need to use a moisturiser to seal and protect the skin. Choose one that is oil free and very lightweight.”¨”¨
Try: Dermalogica Active Moist
Make-up – ensure you choose products that are non-comedogenic as this will help to minimise breakouts.
Lifestyle – a supplement of zinc is often recommended to help acne-prone skin. Finally, try to reduce your stress levels and maintain a healthy diet.
Did you have pimples as a teen? Do you suffer from adult breakouts?