Here is the truth about acne: it is common to see it persisting in adult life. Although many people think of acne as a teen problem, it can occur in people of all ages.
What is acne?
Acne is a common inflammatory skin condition, and it’s one of the most common diseases of the skin. Adult Acne affects more than 85 per cent of adult females and more than 15 per cent of adult males.
What causes adult acne?
Contrary to popular belief, acne does not necessarily disappear with age. Acne is a condition that affects the skin in one of three phases: preteen, teen, and adult.
Several factors contribute to adult acne, including increasing sebum production, clogged pores from dead skin cell build-up, bacteria growth, and inflammation within the skin.
In addition to that, other factors can affect the development of adult acne such as hormonal fluctuations, stress, menstrual cycle for women. Your diet could also impact acne as well as the skin care products you use.
Finally, different medications can cause adult acne, including corticosteroids, anabolic steroids, and Lithium.
How to prevent breakouts?
It may not always be possible to prevent acne outbreaks, but by following some simple tips we share here, you can have better skin:
- Check labels on cosmetic and skincare products to avoid comedogenic ingredients. When building a skincare regime consider organic and natural skincare products.
- Do not sleep with makeup on. Some nights could be tempting when you are tired to go to sleep, don't do that!
- To help prevent skin from darkening from previous acne lesions or from picking at acne or pimples, wear sunscreen every day with an SPF of 30 or higher.
How to treat and manage adult acne?
Acne treatments depend on its severity and the patient. Some treatments, including home remedies and OTC products, may be effective in treating mild cases of adult acne. Prescription drugs can also help control breakouts in moderate-to-severe cases of adult acne.
Taking the following steps may help people with adult acne better manage their condition.
Face cleansers are your friends and can also be the enemies. Avoid over-cleansing and do not cleanse your skin more than twice a day. Consider a double cleanser using a non-comedogenic oil-based cleanser to remove make-up first followed by a gentle cleanser.
Consider ingredients containing natural salicylic acid as a form BHA (beta hydroxy acid) like our organic face serum for acne prone skin, Calibrate Balance Face Serum. BHA offers deep exfoliating action thereby exfoliating the skin and clearing the pores.
Ingredients containing Zinc also reduce inflammation and redness, we have combined zinc with marine actives to reduce the production of sebum as well as the growth of Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes) and Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) bacteria. It also reduces inflammation of the lesions and accelerates healing. The Zinc-Marine Complex can be found in our organic face cream Bliss Balance Face Cream and the Calibrate Balance Face Serum. These two products are also cruelty free vegan skin care. Our products are the perfect solutions if you have acne-prone skin, even if it's adult acne.
Acne is an inflammatory condition, in which diet may be a contributory factor. Research shows the association between full-fat dairy, sugary foods and Acne.
Several plant foods have been shown to help with acne, these foods are leafy greens, tomatoes, nuts (rich in zinc), fish, and fruits (especially blueberries, cherries, strawberries).
Stress can also have an impact on adult acne. When you are under stress, your body releases a surge of the steroid hormones, which activates the oil glands and hair follicles in your skin.
One of the best ways to combat stress is by practising meditation and other stress-reduction techniques.
If you are prone to adult acne, you are not alone. And you have options.
The optimal treatment for adult acne varies from individual to individual. Experiment with different options until you find the one that works for your skin.