A lot of us have been told that acne is something that we will simply grow out of, that once puberty is over our face will clear up. Tough luck. Some of us have to deal with this well after our teenage years have ended. However, not everything is so bleak and adult acne is definitely something that can be dealt with. Read on to find out how.
Cleanse once or twice a day
It is hopefully a general knowledge that you should wash your face once or twice a day. However, if you have acne, this part of the routine should never be taken lightly. You should especially make sure to cleanse as a part of your nightly routine. Also, be aware of the marketing tricks, not all cleansers which say ‘for acne prone skin’ are actually the best choice. Invest in a gentle cleanser that contains no sulfates since they can be very drying to sensitive skin. Another tip is to use a hot towel for acne after you cleanse, in order to soothe your skin and further open up your pores.
Moisturizing should be your habit
A decade or more ago there was a fad belief that oily skin needs to be dried down with alcohol or other chemicals. This could not be farther from the truth. Our skin produces more oil if it’s dehydrated and it’s thus more prone to acne if not properly moisturized. Our natural oil or sebum, as it’s known in medical circles, is what clogs pores leading to acne. So, in order to stop your skin from breaking out, introduce a powerful moisturizer into your skincare routine. A friendly moisturizer for acne prone skin should contain hyaluronic acid, but should have an oil-free formula. Also, make sure to look for the words ‘non-comedogenic’ on the packaging – this means that the moisturizer is formulated without the ingredients which are known to clog pores.
Sunscreen is a must
Everyone should introduce an SPF to their daily routine, but people who suffer from acne should under no circumstance skip this step. Apart from risking skin cancer, UV rays are known to make acne worse and make the scars fade more slowly. Not every sunscreen is fitting for sensitive, acne prone skin so make sure to use a sunscreen formula with an SPF of minimum 30 and is non-comedogenic. This way you will protect your skin from the sun and not compromise the freshness of your face.
Apply a serum
There are a lot of serums on the market which are especially formulated to better skin that is suffering from acne. Serums with active ingredients such as niacinamide, adapalene and salicylic acid have proven to be most helpful when dealing with breakouts. Niacinamide, also known as vitamin B3, helps with skin’s redness and balances sebum production. A non-prescription retinoid, adapalene, may help you if you have very oily skin in addition to dealing with acne. On the other hand, if you have trouble with blackheads, salicylic acid may be your best bet since it is a great exfoliant which leads to less clogged pores.
Don’t forget to medicate
Treating acne may be a hard task to do on your own. If you have visited a dermatologist don’t skip on the recommended treatment as a part of your nightly routine. However, if your acne is not as serious you may be able to get an appropriate treatment without a prescription. One of the most popular treatments is azelaic acid. It is extremely effective in killing pore blocking bacteria and exfoliating, making it a very helpful active ingredient for people dealing with acne.