Is this you?
35 and breaking out in acne that you may or may not have suffered as a teenager. You keep telling yourself that there is no way this is right, you paid your dues, you dealt with the pimples all through high school, so there is no way that you should be getting them now, I mean you have kids, and a house, and a job, and you definitely don’t have time for this. But the sad truth is that adult women are actually more likely to have issues with acne than teenage girls. There are many factors that play a role in adult acne, but the biggest is hormonal fluctuations, so yes, you can thank Aunt Flow for that one.
It’s All In The Genes.
You can be genetically predisposed to clogged pores and acne lesions. This means that this was given to you by dear mom or dad, and unfortunately genetics cannot be changed. Now don’t think that you will have to suffer till the day you die, you can control and clear your acne, with a strong skincare regimen.
Are you constantly feeling like you can produce enough oil to fill a bottle on a daily basis? You might have an overactive oil gland. This commonly happens during the menstrual cycle, when your body sees an increase in androgens, the male hormone, which turns on the sebaceous (oil) glands. An overproduction of sebum can increase follicle clogging and cell buildup resulting in the growth of bacteria, which can lead to acne.
Acne always on your chin or jaw line? This is generally a result in a fluctuations for hormones. Often these blemishes are sore, and are in the form of a papule, ( Meaning that there is a solid pump with no visible fluid.) It is believed that the papules on and around the chin area are because of an increased production of Sebum during hormone fluctuations.
Stress, Stress and More Stress.
Stress is another major factor in adult acne. If you are stressed about something at work, or home, or something else going on in your life, your face just might end up showing you how stressed you really are.
It’s All in The Makeup.
Heavy or Comedogenic Skin care products or makeup can be contributing to your acne flair ups. So if you are trying to get a good coverage out of your foundation to cover up your congestion, it may be aggravating your acne even more. Also make sure you are cleansing your face every night. And no this does not mean using a makeup remover wipe and calling it good. You also need to wash your face with a good cleanser with active ingredients that are going to work to help clear your skin.
Keeping A Clean Face
Make sure that you are washing off your makeup before your workout, if you skin this mandatory step your pores are sure to get clogged. When you work out you sweat, and if you fail to wash your face pre workout you are sweating against all the dirt, oil, debris, and makeup that is on your skin which can push further into your pores and lead to larger pores, a breakdown of collagen, and future breakouts.
Clean Your Brushes
Wash your makeup brushes! It is so important to be using clean makeup brushes, if you aren’t washing them at least once a week, you are spreading old makeup that has been exposed to bacteria and dirt, and dead skin cells all over your face.
Use the good stuff
Some skincare products can cause inflammation to the skin which can result in sudden flare ups in acne. If you are waking up with breakouts overnight, this may be caused by over stimulating, over exfoliating, or using products with extreme pHs. Check to see if there is an Esthetician in your area that will offer you a skin analysis to see what products and treatments you should be using for your skin type and your skin condition. They will help you find the best home care to truly help your skin.
Constantly picking at your acne is not doing you any favors. Not only does it slow the healing, but it is also causing hyperpigmentation and scarring, so put your fingers down, step away from your face and let the professionals extract that pimple. Not only can having an esthetician help you by doing extractions for you help clear your skin, it will also cause less stress to your pores. So there is a lower risk of irritation to the follicle and a quicker healing time.
Is it in the food?
Certain foods can contribute to breakouts in some people. Many foods like dairy products and food heavy in iodine can be to blame with consistent congestion in the skin. This may not be true for all people but if you suspect that food is the culprit, try cutting it out of your diet for a month and see if that helps improve your skin.
Now what can you do to help alleviate the problem?
Make sure you are using a good exfoliating scrub or gel, a cleanser with lactic acid, salicylic acid, a combo of the two or even benzoyl peroxide gel. This will help flush out the follicles of dead cell build up, and help keep acne bacteria in check. Make sure you are using this cleanser every day even if you aren’t experiencing any break outs it is important to maintain healthy skincare habits.
Don’t Forget the Hydrator!
Even if your skin is feeling oily, that doesn't mean that you should skip out on the moisturiser. Your skin could be over compensating by producing more oil because you aren’t keeping it hydrated enough. Healthy skin is hydrated skin. Drying out your skin is only causing more damage to your skin. Just make sure that you are using a moisturizer that is made for your skin type.
There are some great spot treaters out there, I recommend the Lira Clinical ICE Stick with 2% salicylic acid to help dry up the pustule. You can also find some awesome topical treatments for those hard to lose acne lesions that tend to hang out on or around that jawline, usually a result of hormones. I would recommend a retinol serum. Just be sure that you are using this at the direction of your Skincare therapist or Dermatologist and ALWAYS wear sunscreen.
Did I already tell you to wear sunscreen? Well I am telling you again, wear sunscreen every day! Not only will wearing sunscreen help fight aging, but when using certain products on your skin to help fight acne this can make your skin more sensitive and forgetting your sunscreen can potentially aggravate your acne more. There are some awesome sunscreens out there, just make sure that it is good for your face and that you are reapplying throughout the day.
Get that makeup off your face!
Make sure if you are wearing makeup, that you are removing it completely with a nice creamy, milky cleanser. Skip the makeup remover wipes, as they tend to have every harsh and drying ingredients in them. It is very important to remove all your makeup, you don’t want it to clog your pores even more.
Deep Cleansing treatments
Try heading to your local Spa or skincare bar for a deep pore cleansing facial, they will not only help flush out your pores, with the help of a chemical peel or perhaps a clay/sulfur mask, they can help you by performing extractions and giving you advice on further treatments and a good home care regime that will fit your skin type and your lifestyle.
A good homecare regime with the right products for your skin, is the key to having clear, healthy and happy skin. 80% of reaching your skincare goals is done at home. The other 20% is with the help of your skincare therapist.