There is a common misconception about acne- it starts in the teenage years and goes away as you age into your 20’s. This is completely bogus. Acne can occur anytime through the lifecycle, which means you could have acne earlier than your teen years, during your teenage years or as an adult. Most people who have acne problems during their teenage year will continue to have acne issues into adulthood, but this is not always the case.
Adult acne can appear for several reasons, however the treatment for adult acne should be different than when you are a teen because your body and your skin is different, it has aged. There for it is important to take proper care of your skin, especially when adult acne appears.
1. Wash your face
As we age our skin changes as well as the different types of hormones that are continually being released into the body. Therefore our skin can be complete different than it was when we were younger. Its possible that you now have oily skin or a skin sensitivity to specific types of lotions. That is why it is important to buy a face wash that fits the needs of your skin. Always check the label to make sure the product you purchase is safe. Going natural or organic is not always better if your skin is sensitive. There are a lot of acne products on the market these days so take some time and research them before purchasing them. Remember it normally takes about 2 weeks of regular use to notice a difference when using a new product. If you can’t find a product that works well for your skin, ask your dermatologist for suggestions.
2. Eat Right
Help your body keep your skin clear and clean by eating healthy. Most people don’t think that what we eat affects whether we will get acne. But they are wrong. When we eat unhealthy, fatty, oily food our bodies can’t easily digest these foods. They become fat and sugar which clogs our pores. To rid our systems of these horrible toxins, it is important to drink lots of water. The more water you drink the more your skin stays hydrated and fresh. Additionally fruits and vegetables are easily broken down by the body therefore eliminating fat buildup.
3. Don’t Pop that Pimple
When you see a blemish your immediate reaction is to pop it. This is a NO-NO! If you pop those zits you can cause further damage to your aging skin. Each time you pop a pimple your skin creates a little scar and over time those scars will buildup causing unsightly impressions on your face. Not to mention that by squeezing a pimple you are actually pushing the infection deeper into the pores. As well as by continually touching your face you can actually transfer dirt and grime from your hands to your face causing more pimples to grow.
4. Cosmetic Procedures
One acne treatment that isn’t available to teens or young adults is cosmetic procedures such as micro-dermabrasion and laser resurfacing. Although some of these procedures can be costly, they definitely will help with the treatment of adult acne. However, check out the clinic you go to because it is very important to use sterile equipment.
5. Rest and De-stress
It is important to not only our skin, but our body and mind to get adequate amounts of rest and sleep. As adults most of our lives are spent running around, working hard, stressing about money, kids or other things. Remember to take some time for yourself. Try adding in techniques like meditation, yoga, or journaling to unwind. Stress can actually cause acne, so remember to de-stress. Also get enough sleep to rejuvenate and refresh your skin.