Adult Acne Woes
Adult Acne Woes It’s just not fair. You survived teen-hood, and now you are well into your adult life. So why does acne continue to be a problem for your skin. Adult acne woes are more common than you think. Women tend to get these pesky blemishes more often than men do because of hormonal fluctuations that only women experience. Lucky us right? Sometimes those bumps are caused by premenstrual hormonal surges, going on and off the birth control pills, and premenopausal changes as well. So you could be in your early 20’s to your late 50’s and still be troubled by acne. First of all you should see a dermatologist to get the symptom under control. They can prescribe medication in extreme cases to combat the problem when over the counter skincare solutions aren’t cutting it. The problem with most acne solutions at a drugstore or even department store level is that they are geared towards oily skin, but you may have dry skin and acne too. You have to be careful in how you treat it so you don’t strip your skin to make everything that much worse. Use a Gentle Oil Free Cleanser Twice a Day Morning and night use a cleanser that will completely remove all makeup, dirt, and bacteria from your face. Sometimes you might need to wash your face twice so that you effectively remove all traces of the day that can clog your pores at night. Moisture With The Right Formula IF you have oily skin it’s still important to moisturize. Sometimes when you don’t, the top layer of your skin can dry out causing your oil production to increase. That’s a recipe for even more acne, so you want a hyaluronic acid moisturizer that is oil free, but lightweight, hydrating and perfectly balances the oil in your skin. Spot Treatments Make sure you spot treat with a salicylic acid solution of at least 2 percent. Anything less than that isn’t going to do much for you so check the package carefully for the percentage. There are also some spot treatments that contain the acne fighting ingredient, benzoyl peroxide. Try them both to see which one works better for your acne. A Word On Makeup If you have persistent acne, make sure the foundation you are using isn’t causing it. It needs to be oil free, and if you have more than 4 or 5 actual spots on your face you might benefit from one that has acne fighting ingredients in it as well for extra fighting power. Many cosmetic companies make foundations that are geared towards acne prone skin. Look into one of those. Clinique and Neutrogena make excellent formulas that fight acne, cover beautifully, and come in a wide range of shades for every skin tone. This goes for concealer in the same way. If you are spot covering make sure it's an oil free formula that helps treat acne too.