May 11, 2018

How to Manage Adult Acne

As if you don’t have enough to do to keep looking your best as you age, the acne you thought you got rid of years ago pops up again. First of all, you’re not alone. Studies show that a quarter of all women aged 21 to 30, and 12% of those between 41 and 50 suffer adult acne. Second, there’s lots you can do to help manage adult acne.

Whether it’s the acne that ‘ruined your life’ in high school, or the adult acne you have now, it has the same causes that you know all too well. Skin pores that contain oil glands become blocked allowing dirt and bacteria to build up and plug the pore.

The trigger for the condition produces acne remains very similarly too. In high school, it may have been hormonal changes due to puberty and today it can be hormonal changes due to menopause. Other circumstances can exacerbate your acne, including your diet.

In any case, like we said, there are lots you can do to manage your acne, so let’s get started.

1. Don’t Be Too Abrasive

It’s very tempting to just want to scrub away the blemishes. But abrasive scrubbing can cause your skin to produce more oil to help heal itself, and that extra oil can add to your acne woes.

2. Wash with an Antibacterial Cleanser

Regular washing with an antibacterial like benzoyl peroxide, including for makeup removal, can help keep bacteria in check.

3. Cut Down on Your Refined Carbs

In a nutshell, this is refined sugar and any prepared foods that have sugars. These can include everything from milk chocolate to white bread. One study found that participants who ate a diet low in refined carbs saw a 22% reduction in adult acne blemishes.

4. Try Salicylic Acid

Don’t let the ‘acid’ bit scare you away. Salicylic acid is safe to use and can be found in gels, wipes, creams, and sprays for your skin. It reduces swelling and redness while clearing your pores. Look for formulas specifically made for adult women.

If your acne seems particularly stubborn, or you would like to do more to help manage breakouts, contact us at True MediSpa.