Adult Acne: Why You Shouldn’t Have To Suffer Alone
Think of acne, and you probably conjure up an image of a spotty teenager squeezing zits in a mirror. That’s the usual stereotype – but in reality, acne can affect pretty much anyone, no matter what age they are. Obviously, we all get the odd pimple every now and again – maybe during a period where we haven’t been looking after ourselves properly, or if we have slacked off on our skin care routine. But full-scale acne attacks do tend to be reserved for teenagers, as they are linked closely to hormonal changes in the body. But what do you do if you’ve reached adulthood and you still can’t get rid of your acne? It can be very distressing and embarrassing and can make people believe that you are younger than you say you are. Here are some measures you can take to reduce the severity of your acne so you can live a more carefree life.
Make some changes to your diet
Although the evidence around whether food affects acne is very vague, it may be worth switching up your diet occasionally to see if this helps your skin. For example, if your diet is predominantly made up of spicy food, try cutting it out completely for a couple of weeks and see if it makes any difference. Chances are it won’t, but you’ll never know if you don’t run a test on it. Also, consider whether you have some notoriously sugary and fatty foods in your diet. Fizzy drinks, fast food, and candy can all lead cause the skin to produce excess sebum which leads to breakouts, so consider cutting down a little.
Embark on a quality skincare regime
If you are using exactly the same skin care products as, say, a friend without any acne, you might want to think again. There are specific product ranges designed exclusively for people prone to bad breakouts, and many are available to buy from drugstores such as Superdrug. Keep an eye out for products that fight inflammation, as this will help to reduce the redness caused by particularly aggressive spots. It is also worth find a good exfoliator to use a couple of times a week. This will help to get rid of all your dead skin and really work deep into the skin to make sure it is clean and your pores aren’t clogged. Just remember that exfoliators can be quite harsh on the skin, so make sure you’re not using one every day.
Keep a pimple treatment on your person at all times
The quicker you catch a spot, the more chance you have of killing it before it’s had a chance to develop. If you feel a pimple brewing on your face whilst you’re out and about, grab a purse-sized spot treatment to apply to it immediately. Such treatments tend to dry out the zit, meaning all the bacteria around it is destroyed too. Most skincare companies specialize in these type of products. If you are looking for something a little more natural, Witch Hazel is a great alternative that has a similar effect on the skin.