If there is one thing your parents never tell you, it is that you will still get pimples even when you get older. Sure they won’t be as frequent as when you were a teenager, but they still do sprout up from time to time. For some adults, it could just be a random zit here and there, but in some cases, people still suffer from severe acne even when they are well into their 30’s.
Before we discuss what proper treatment for acne will work for you, it is best first to delve into why people still get random breakouts in their adulthood. What causes adult acne in the first place? For adult women, the answer may be pretty obvious. Doctor Diane Berson claims that some women still get pimples because of their hormones. This makes sense especially if you only get a monthly acne flare up which comes with your menstrual cycle. This can also happen when women reach menopause. Other causes can also be severe acne because of your genes or improper cleansing which can lead to clogged pores. We have listed below several remedies and treatments that you could try to tame your acne breakout.
1. The Pill.
This acne treatment will most likely apply to ladies. We have already discussed the role your hormones can play about acne. Birth control pills give your body more estrogen which in turn can lessen your body’s ability to create androgen. Androgen can be held responsible for your body’s excess oil production. Though the pill can clear your skin up, there is a possibility of you getting acne once you get off it.
2. Cleanse properly.
There are situations where you could be to blame for your adult acne. For example, failure to wash your face before you sleep or improper removal of makeup can lead to clogged pores, which in turn can result in acne. Try using a facial brush to scrub off any oil or dead skin cells. Also, try switching to a cleanser that contains salicylic acid as it has antibacterial properties that can fight zits.
3. Spot treatment.
If you don’t suffer from severe acne but still get the occasional breakout here and there, then it is best to have a great acne spot treatment in your arsenal. These are great since they can target the problem at the very source. Look for products that contain tea tree oil, salicylic acid, sulfur and benzoyl peroxide.
4. Chemical peels.
Chemical peels may sound scary to most people, but it can work. Doctor Joshua Zeichner, a New York-based dermatologist, recommends skin peels like microdermabrasion and chemical peels since it can remove the top layer of your skin. This not only removes dead skin cells it can also unearth any clogged pores that cannot be seen from the surface. Although we have to warn you, there is some downtime since your face peels off.
5. Stop picking at them.
There is one thing far worst than a pimple, and it is a pimple scar. It may be tempting to keep touching your pimple, mainly to check if the little bugger is still there, but this comes with certain consequences. These bad boys last longer than ordinary pimples so when dealing with acne remember to be as gentle as possible to avoid any acne scarring be it icepick scars, box scars or hyperpigmentation.
6. Your hair and makeup products can be to blame.
You may not know this, but you may be having adverse reactions to certain ingredients in your foundation, primers, shampoo or conditioner. These products come in close contact with your face which is why they may cause breakouts. Remember always to look for products that have the words non-comedogenic on them. Also, steer clear of mineral oil and silicones (like dimethicone found in certain primers) as these are the usual culprits to random acne flare ups.
Acne not only affects how you look on the outside, but it can also negatively impact how you feel about yourself. It was bad enough when you were in middle school; you don’t need those zits to stress you out even more now that you are an adult. Try these tips on for size, and maybe they can work for you. If these tips don’t work for you, and you have considerably severe acne, then it may be time to visit your dermatologist and maybe start using Accutane.
Ella James is an aspiring author who is pursuing Health Services Administration degree from St. Petersburg College. She is an active contributor to Consumer Health Digest, which is a leading Health News. In recent years, she had the opportunity to review Profemin. Get connected with her on Facebook and Twitter.