Are you familiar with adult acne? For many people the acne issues associated with puberty and our teen years can continue on into adulthood. Lots of people seem to be unaware that adult acne exists. There are others that have this misconception acne only happens during the teenage years and they grow out of it as they age.
For most people, this may be true. It’s also important to note that acne doesn’t just start during your teenage years. You could have never had acne and get it as an adult. There are a significant number of adults that experience this.
There are many reasons a person develops adult acne. It’s important to remember that most people that suffer from this condition also experienced acne problems in their teens. The treatment for adult acne isn’t the same as when you were in your teens. Your skin, hormones, and lifestyle is very different from how it used to be.
How to Treat Adult Acne
Start with a reputable over the counter (OTC) acne treatment product. OTC products can easily treat mild acne breakouts. In the past few years, there have been lots of acne treatments that have hit the market. Some OTC products have been proven ineffective, while others might have harsh ingredients that could further damage your skin.
If you’re concerned about random products, you might want to consult your dermatologist. They can help you find the right product that will help your acne and suits your skin type as well. You can also ask for recommendations from friends and family members who have also battled adult acne like yours. Or, you just might want to do your own research, lots of blogs and websites have great guides to acne treatments.
For serious breakouts, you might have to call in the big guns. When OTC products don’t seem to work, consider visiting a reputable derma clinic. Cosmetic procedures such as microdermabrasion and laser resurfacing are some of the common ways they’re treating adult acne. These procedures should be done by reputable professionals in an office setting. The office should remind you somewhat of a doctor’s office with clean, sterile materials.
Never squeeze your acne! I know it’s tempting, but we must resist the urge. A lot of adults have this desire to squeeze or prick their zits on their own. This can result in further damage due to your skin. Squeezing a pimple pushes the infection deeper into the skin and tends to build up scar tissue underneath. Also try to avoid touching your face. Personally, I’m guilty of this, and get breakouts where I rest my face on my hands.
Eat healthy foods. Now, not all acne is caused by diet and stress, but we can’t deny the connection in some cases. Drinking lots of water and eat fruits and vegetables can help flush toxins out of your system. These toxins can sometimes cause acne flare-ups. Keep in mind that well-hydrated skin tends to be healthier and more resilient than dry skin. Also, try to live a healthy lifestyle by having a well-rested body. Remember that stress is one of the causes of acne as well. It really pays for you to get your eight-hours’ worth of sleep at night.
There are, of course, other ways to help treat adult acne, but these are some of the basics. Start with these tips and see what works for you. Treating your acne is usually a case of trial and error.