Things You Need to Know About 
Treating Adult Acne

Treating adult acne- should start with some very basic knowledge. Acne is caused by overactive oil glands in the skin and an accumulation of oil, dead skin cells and bacteria which leads to inflammation, pimples and cysts. Adult acne is directly related to hormonal changes mostly caused by stress. Other related causes can be medications, pregnancy and menopause. 

Here Are Some Thoughts On Treating Adult Acne

  • The very first thing to be considered is how well are you taking care of your skin? Are you keeping your skin clean by using appropriate products for your skin type?
  • Use skin treatment products that are specially formulated for your skin condition. If you have a mild case you can start by purchasing over the counter products. If you are not successful in treating with product alone it might be time to consult your physician.
  • I would suggest consulting with him to discuss the possibility of hormonal activity. Your doctor will be able to prescribe something to take care of the hormonal imbalance which will help to clear your skin.
  • Even if you receive medications from your doctor, you will still need a good skin care regime for daily use.
  • Adult acne is directly related to hormonal changes mostly caused by stress. Other related causes can be medications, pregnancy and menopause.
  • Keeping your skin clean is paramount to successful treatment. Be gentle with any application you do. Your skin is extremely sensitive and does not respond well to over stimulation. During the day keep your hands off your face. The less contact your skin has with anything that has germs the better. This includes towels, clothing, hair care products and poor quality cosmetics.
  • After cleansing your skin use a facial toner that will help to rid the skin of product residue and restore its PH balance. Never use a product with alcohol which can be extremely drying and irritating to the skin.
  • Scrub and masque - Exfoliation of the skin is extremely helpful but only when you use a product that will do the job without aggravating the skin. Look for products without abrasives.
  • Use a masque that will help with the deep cleaning of your skin. I have always used this analogy with regard to the differences between a masque and a scrub. Think of dusting and vacuuming. Dusting (scrub) gets the surface dirt; vacuuming (masque) does a deeper cleaning.

Moisturizers vs Hydrators

  • Moisturizing your skin is important. So many times women ask why they need moisturizers when they are already so oily. Keep in mind your skin needs water hydration not oil hydration. Think of a prune put into a glass of oil and another put into a glass of water. What will happen? Of course the prune in oil will stay the same but the prune in water will expand and smooth out. Your skin needs an oil free product that will provide hydration. Products that are considered hydrators not moisturizers would be your best choice.
  • Facial treatments done by someone who understands an acne skin is preferred. Sometimes facial treatments are done for that "feel good/ pampering" effect. Have treatments done only by someone who you feel confident truly understands your skin issues.
  • Additional but more invasive treatments can include micro-dermabrasion, chemical peels and laser skin resurfacing. Consult your doctor for the best plan that works for you.

Successfully Treating Adult Acne

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Ingredients You Need To Know About For Treating Adult Acne

  • Salicylic Acid acts like a chemical peel to help remove debris. This ingredient is found in many of the products made for oily skin.
  • Retin A is an exfoliant that helps to remove dead skin cells and unplug pores that have become blocked. Retin A is a derivative of vitamin A and is more commonly known as a retinol. When using a retinol product it is required that you use a sunblock to help protect the delicate new skin that becomes exposed with the use of the product.
  • Benzoyl peroxide is a product I do not recommend. It has been touted as good because it helps to keep pores open and kills bacteria. This product is very harsh and drying and not a good choice.

More on Treating Adult Acne

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What is adult acne

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