Hands up, all those who are so looking forward to shaking off your teenage years, because you can be finally free from acne that plagued you during your puberty! And you are so looking forward to being an adult, because you will finally have clear and flawless skin.
Hold that thought again. Did you know that adults can still suffer from adult acne? *cue groans of despair*
What is Adult Acne?
The root cause of adult acne is, well, the same as any cause of teenage acne: Excessive sebum production. Any changes in hormones, brought about by everyday stress or work stress, pregnancy or menstruation, to name a few, can also cause acne. Some types of medications that you are consuming for other purposes can also be the cause of your adult acne.
How to Avoid Adult Acne?
Since there is no singular cause of acne, there is no surefire way to avoid it totally. What you can do is to minimise or eliminate acne breakouts by treating your skin to the following ways.
Wash Your Face
Not a complicated or difficult tip, is it? Whether you are blessed with porcelain clear skin or playing connect-the-dots with acne on your face, you should always wash your face twice a day: Once in the morning before you head out of home, and once in the evening to wash away the grime and dirt residue. Washing your face helps to remove impurities, dead skin cells and excess sebum from your skin.
Use the Correct Cleanser for Your Face
It is so unfair that your boyfriend can use soap as a cleanser and still enjoy a clear, pimple-free complexion. However, you should be choosing your cleanser, based on the skin type you have. Cleansing cream or cleansing milk are gentle on your skin, and is suitable for all skin types. You may choose to pour it on a cotton pad and wipe over your face, or you may pour it onto your palm and then work it all over your face. A cleansing balm is a creamy, rich cleanser that works to break down impurities and oil residue on your face, while providing sufficient moisture to the skin. This is a great choice for dry skin types. A cleansing oil, despite its name, is actually great for those with oily skin type. It is similar to a cleansing balm, except for the texture. And it works like a cleansing balm, where it breaks down the impurities and oil residue, and provides sufficient moisture to the skin. And if you have make-up on, always remove your make-up with the appropriate make-up remover first, before using a cleanser to wash your face.
Use the Correct Moisturiser for Your Skin’s Needs
Targeted acne treatment products tend to be harsh and drying on the skin. To counter that, look for a moisturiser that hydrates and soothes your skin. Gel moisturisers are water-based lotions that have a lightweight texture and are easily absorbed into the skin in seconds. Due to their lightweight texture, gel moisturisers are often favoured by oily-skin-type users. But all skin types can definitely include a gel moisturiser in their skincare regime. Cream moisturisers are much more suitable for dry skin, as the texture is heavier and occlusive, which means they help to prevent water loss, something that dry-skin-type users are constantly battling against.
Exfoliating removes dead skin cells from the skin’s surface. Regardless of the severity of your acne breakout, you will need to exfoliate regularly, as it will help to smooth and soften the skin, as well as brighten your complexion. Regular exfoliation can reduce the number of breakouts, as it prevents your pores from becoming clogged and congested with the excess sebum. However, abrasive scrubs are not ideal for acne-prone skin, as they may further inflame your irritated skin. Look for exfoliating pads that are gentler on the skin.
Use Make-Up Sparingly
You may layer on tons of concealer and heavy foundation to hide the acne scars and blemishes on your face. However, the more you pile on, the more it may clog your pores. As much as possible, try to use light make-up or make-up products that are non-comedogenic, which means they do not cause acne. And if you must have make-up on, always remember to wash off with a make-up remover and follow it up with a cleanser.
Your Hair Products Can Be Culprits, Too
Last but not least, what you put on your hair can also cause your acne breakout. Hair oils or hair serums contain oil that help to tame that frizz in your hair, may end up clogging your pores. Ensure that you keep your hair out of your face, or make sure to wash your hair thoroughly when you are home.