Acne isn’t just for teenagers, we women of wisdom and wit can also find ourselves dealing with these unexpected skin invaders, and we are in good company because we are the main target of this frustrating skin condition. According to research, 22% of women have to face the frustrations of adult acne (while our male counterparts seem to escape its clutches, with less than 5% being affected). But really, can we catch a break here? We have conquered countless challenges in life, and now acne wants to play its game on our fabulous faces…Really? Well, don’t panic just yet! We are here to arm you with the best ways to prevent and fix adult acne. We will uncover the secrets behind why women are more susceptible to this confounding condition and dive into the arsenal of solutions available to us. From practical tips to expert advice, we will explore effective strategies to tackle adult acne head-on. So, gather your potions and lotions, and let’s go on this adventure together because flawless skin knows no age limits!
Adult Acne – The Enemy of Female Skin
Acne, the unwelcome guest, arrives when our skin overproduces oil, leading to clogged pores and breakouts. For women, factors like hormonal fluctuations, especially estrogen and progesterone tied to the menstrual cycle, can exacerbate the situation. Moreover, menopause or recent hormonal changes can trigger acne due to decreased estrogen and increased testosterone levels. At the same time, stress and low-quality cosmetic products can also play a role in acne flare-ups.
Tips to Prevent Adult Acne
Now that you know which factors can contribute to adult acne flaring up, let’s discuss some effective prevention tips:
Follow A Skincare Routine Having a skincare routine is the best protection against breakouts, clogged pores, and inflammatory bacteria because it rids your skin of excess oil and dirt particles. So, make a separate AM and PM routine to keep your skin fresh and healthy. For your AM skincare routine, cleanse your face with an oil-free face wash and apply toner to rebalance your skin’s ph. Next, apply sunscreen to save your skin from cancer and wrinkle-inducing UVA and UVB rays. If you have prescribed medication for adult acne, put it on before using a moisturizer. You can follow the same steps to create a PM skincare routine. Just don’t apply sunscreen and swap the moisturizer with the night cream, as it kickstarts the healing process of your skin.
Stay Moisturized and Hydrated – If you are not properly moisturizing your skin, it can dry and produce more oil to compensate for the dryness. This extra oil can lead to breakouts and acne issues. If this is an issue, consider buying an acne-friendly moisturizer that is oil-free and non-comedogenic. You can apply this whenever your face feels dry and itchy or after washing your face to trap moisture. If you regularly use an acne-friendly moisturizer, you are sure to observe positive results in 4 to 8 weeks. Additionally, drinking around 3 liters of water naturally cleanses your skin and unclogs the pores. Drinking the required amount of your water also flushes toxins from within and tightens the skin muscles, giving you a rejuvenated look.
Focus On Your Physical Health – The symptoms of most health issues manifest on the skin first. So, if you have an unbalanced diet and are exposed to copious amounts of stress, it will start to show itself in the form of adult acne. If that’s the case, you can improve your diet by eating more vegetables, fruits, nuts, and white meat and exercising regularly to maintain muscle tone and manage stress.
Solutions to Fix Adult Acne
As everyone has a different skin type, it is better to consult a dermatologist to get a treatment plan matching your skin’s specific needs. So, our first piece of advice will always be to get a checkup with a certified medical practitioner. However, if you want some extra tips to clear up this skin issue, then you can use these solutions:
Home Remedies – Home remedies for clearing up adult acne include oral supplements as well as topical treatments. For example, you can apply aloe vera gel or tea tree oil to kill acne-causing bacteria on the skin. You can also use green tea extract to reduce breakouts and minimize skin pores. For oral supplements, you can take zinc, vitamin A, or probiotics to reduce inflammation, redness, and skin cell damage.
Medical Treatments – Depending on the severity of adult acne, your skin type, and your health condition, a dermatologist can prescribe one or a combination of these treatments:
- Hydroxy Acids: Products with hydroxyl acids dry pimples and remove their top layer to start the healing process.
- Oral Birth Control Pills: These pills can balance the fluctuation of estrogen, progesterone, and androgen in menopausal women.
- Blue Light Therapy: This therapy is quite common for addressing acne breakouts, as blue light has an antimicrobial effect.
Adult acne is no stranger to hormonal fluctuations, menopause, poor diet, persistent stress, and neglected skin cells. To fend off this pesky intruder, maintain a diligent skincare routine, prioritize regular exercise, and opt for oil-free moisturizers.
Should you find yourself already entangled in adult acne’s clutches, consider home remedies, or seek professional medical treatment. Remember, consulting a dermatologist for a personalized treatment plan is advisable. Let’s banish adult acne and embrace radiant, blemish-free skin and until next week, be happy, healthy, and beautiful!