It seems that our busy lives and hectic schedules are causing stress to our skin. With adult acne on the rise it seems to be the main reason that people are visiting dermatologist. In America it is one of the most common skin conditions affecting more than 40 million people and it’s the #1 reference skin-related concern on social media worldwide. Adult acne affects those 25 years and older while teenage acne starts in your teens and can last until your early 20’s. I was one of those teenagers who didn’t get acne, it wasn’t until my mid 20’s that spots appeared. No matter what your age acne can have adverse effects on the quality of your life. Making you impossibly self conscious, which in turn can lead to issues in your relationships and even effect your career.
More common with women, studies show that adult acne concerns increased by 61% for women in their thirties, and 60% for women in their forties between 2005 and 2013. 80% of adult acne is persistent from teenage years, while 20% of adult acne is late-onset and appears after age 25. Regardless of age, acne is caused by 4 common factors:
- Hormonal Influences (or imbalances)
- Blockage of oil or sebum flowing through the skin
Adult acne tends to be tied more to inflammation and hormonal dysregulation in particular, which often results in papules, pustules, and cysts located along the jaw line and on the cheeks, in what is called the U-zone. Adult acne can also have an increased rate of skin discoloration, as the process of clearing post-inflammatory marks slows down as we age.
How do we stop it?? A good skincare routine is the most important thing. You don’t have to spend a mint either, there are lots of affordable products on the market that will help to eliminate acne. What you will have to invest is time and patience, it will take some time to get rid of but it will happen.
First on the list of products is a good cleanser, this is the most important weapon in your arsenal to fight acne. I personally love a cleanser with glycolic acid, the molecule in glycolic is so small that it cleans your skin from the inside out. My favourite brands are NeoStrata (a pharmacy brand that will not break the bank),Image Skincare (you’ll find Image in beauty salons) and Alpha H (another professional range).
Another product that you should think of investing in is a Clarisonic, these literally make your cleansers work better, pushing the deeper into your skin and exfoliating at the same time.
A good serum is needed, Liquid Gold from Alpha H is brilliant, will sort out the acne while also working on other skin issues. Be sure not to just focus on the acne.
For those who experience more persistent acne all over the face, Kiehl’s offer a new Breakout Control Blemish Treatment Facial Lotion – a complementary facial lotion that helps to reduce the appearance of acne. The formula also works to reduce dullness and rough texture. With 1.5% Salicylic Acid (acne’s bitter enemy) and Vitamin B3, this formula evens skin tone and reduces the visible marks on skin caused by acne. Salicylic and Lipo Hydroxy Acids in the treatment help remove dead surface skin cells that trap oil to reduce acne lesions, while Aloe and Vitamin B3 help to calm the complexion and brighten skin.
Finally a light moisturiser is needed, buy a lotion apposed to a cream. You don’t need to be too worried about the brand as everything above will be tackling the acne all you need from you moisturiser is hydration. Lancome recently launched a hydrating liquid called Énergie De Vie which is perfect, it’s light in texture but deliveries perfect hydration.
Finally, doing all of the above will not stop you getting spots, I know RAGING. But it will minimise them, it will stop the scaring and they will not be as big or last half as long. When you do get a breakout, which you will, there are targeted products that you apply directly to the spots. New from Kiehl’s is Breakout Control Targeted Blemish Spot Treatment. Apply to those pesky blemishes and see them disappear, in tests people saw a visible improvement in 24 hours.