We are all used to smirking at the nostalgia of bad breakouts in our teenager years and brushing them away as nothing but memories. Sadly, this reminiscence can become all too real if you fall into the 50% of the women who suffer from adult acne.
This quite sensitive skin condition always comes with a huge oversized bag of self-esteem issues and we have taken it upon our selves, to help not only downsize this bag but also teach you how to put it away.
Adult Acne Causes
To first learn how to combat adult acne, we need to understand why it happens. It isn’t all that different from teenage acne with the main culprits of excess oil and hormones are always in play.
While excess oil production can be controlled, hormones are a little more elusive. Anything from a changing menstrual cycle to getting on a new birth control pill can affect your skin and cause a sudden case of adult acne.
It is actually even reasonably common for women going through menopause to experience episodes of adult acne.
Stress is another major reason behind this condition. You do experience it when you are a teenager, deciding what to wear to prom is a deceivingly hard question to ask yourself but it still doesn’t quite compare to the pressures of having to pay bills, taxes, and rent.
Lastly, diet really matters. As an adult, we don’t really have anyone ensuring we eat our broccoli except well, ourselves, and we let the ball drop a lot- mostly in a plate of Spaghetti Bolognese with grated cheese on top.
Treatments For Adult Acne
This depends on how serious and persistent your adult acne is.
A Holistic Approach For Adult Acne
If your adult acne is one that always breaks out due to stress, its time to start proactively changing your lifestyle.
Think of ways which will help you de-stress, it can be anything from simple and easy breathing exercises you can do while at your desk to actual physical ones. Try different methods with a direct focus on appreciating your body for all that it does. This positive outlook will not only help you look past the adult acne but realize that it might not be that bad after all.
Sleep It Away
In our opinion, every modern issue can be solved with a good night’s sleep. Not just for that one special weekend but every day.
A well-established nighttime routine will manage stress while working to restore vital collagen and peptide production, which are known to improve skin texture.
Active Adult Acne Solution: Exercise
Strenuous exercise is extremely effective at breaking down cortisol in the bloodstream. Cortisol is a hormone that is produced when the body is in stress and can cause acne.
Any sort of endorphin release either it be through HIIT workouts or with meditative Yoga will directly improve your skin.
We personally love Yoga, since it gives us just the right amount of activity mixed with reflecting breathing techniques whilst also being extremely personalizable.
Adult Acne Medicated Products:
When establishing this lifestyle change, you should also focus on a skincare routine that will actively work with combating adult acne. Most drugstore products are adequate; we think you should invest a bit more for higher quality products that are targeted towards adults.
Ideal ingredients to add to your skincare routine:
Alpha Hydroxy Acids(AHA): This natural substance is a must-have for cleansers. It helps with rejuvenating aging skin as well as clearing the surface area of excess oil.
Beta Hydroxy Acids(BHA): If you are looking to deeply cleanse your skin, opt for BHAs. They will work to penetrate the skin and remove dead skin cells and breakdown impurities.
Aluminum Oxide Crystals: Don’t be put off by the intimidating name, these crystals are completely safe and used in dermabrasion. This process helps resurface the skin, which in turn improves skin texture.
Glycolic acid: This acid is a household name for many skincare brands and gently exfoliates while also treating scarring, discoloration and a myriad of other skin issues.
If even after using medicated products, you do not feel like your adult acne is improving it is best to seek the help of a dermatologist. They will not only support your unique case of adult acne but will also provide a very tailored plan that is sure to improve your skin.