Adult Acne 

As teenagers, we dreamt of the day when we would be come adults. This is when we wouldn't have to deal with those pesky pimples and inflamed bumps, called acne. Now it seems like acne is following us to our adult years and we can't seem to get rid of it. 

Today we are going to kick acne in the booty.. once and for all! We are going understand adult acne,
what causes it, how to treat it, and how we can prevent it!!

According to Dermatologist's, acne occurs more frequently after our teenage years and significantly seen more in women than men. Women are more likely to suffer from adult acne. 

What causes acne?

The pores get clogged up with dirt, oil, skin cells, and bacteria and cause a pustule. This pustule usually gets red and inflamed. This is the main cause of acne when we are teenagers, but as we get older, the main cause becomes HORMONES. Our hormones change especially when we are on our period. The hormonal fluctuation make women more prone to breakouts than men.
Also stress and bad skin habits can contribute to acne.

How to prevent acne???

Medication, diet, exercise, and an effective skin care routine will help to subside acne flare ups and we can say good bye to acne for good!!! 

Medication: Sometimes doctors will prescribe birth control to help the hormonal fluctuations. This will help with breakouts due to hormonal imbalance.

Diet: Studies have shown that foods with excess insulin and a high glycemic index cause acne. Example of these foods would be pasta, bread, rice, etc. You may also want to stay away from Milk. Milk naturally contains hormones and don't believe "Hormone Free Milk". It doesn't exist! I would suggest to eliminate Dairy products as a whole because they raise your hormone levels and encourage oil production in your skin. I am no dietitian, but food can contribute to major skin concerns like acne. It is important to be aware of what we are consuming.

Stay Active: It is important to find a routine that keeps you active, either that be walking, yoga, pilates, cycle class, etc. Staying active keeps your body healthy and may even calm you down and eliminate stress.. Chill OUT! Studies have shown that stress leads to increased Cortisol levels. Cortisol is a hormone that can increase oiliness in the skin and inflammation. As cliche as it sounds, it's important to try our best to relax!!!

How To Treat Acne?

The most important factor in treating acne is keeping your skin CLEAN and balanced. Every product in your skin care routine doesn't have to contain Salicylic Acid in order to see results. Sometimes we just need to start with the basics and go from there. Too much of anything is not good for our skin and can be causing more harm than good. 

Here are my skin care product recommendations:

Cleanser: I recommend a gentle cleanser! You don't want anything that is going to strip your skin from it's natural oils. That could actually cause more break outs.. that is not what we want. Use your cleanser TWICE daily! 

  • Cetaphil Oil Control Foam Wash $9.79 - great affordable cleanser that cleans your skin, without stripping! It is perfect for acne prone skin.

  • Clinique Acne Solutions Cleansing Foam  $20 - helps to clear and prevent acne while unclogging your pores. I love this one because it leaves your skin feeling so refreshed. 

  • First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser with Red Clay $24 - Red clay helps to draw out impurities, purify pores, and remove dirt and makeup! 

  • Dermalogica Clearing Skin Wash $37 - Foaming cleansing that helps to gently exfoliate the skin while removing dirt and makeup, and preventing future breakouts. 

Toner: I recommend using a toner containing witch hazel/benzoyl peroxide to eliminate the acne causing bacteria. Toners should be used before moisturizers and are perfect for refreshing and balancing the skin! Toners are important because they help to prepare your skin for moisturizer absorption. 

  • Clinique Clarifying Lotion 4/ Acne Solutions Clarifying Lotion $14.50 - 24.00 - I love these toners because they gently exfoliate all the dead skin cells without stripping the skin. Clarifying Lotion 4 is for oily skin and Acne Solutions Clarifying Lotion is for oily and acne prone skin. These are my favorite!

  • Murad Clarifying Toner $24 - This toner helps to reduce oil and impurities in the skin. The witch hazel helps to exfoliate and leaves the skin feeling clean and refreshed. 

  • Dermalogica Multi Active Toner $39 - Light facial toner that helps to refresh, purify, and balance skin. 

Moisturizer: Moisturizing oily and acne prone skin is important. If you skip moisturizer it causes your skin to over produce oil and in turn making acne WORSE. I recommend using a light weight, oil- free moisturizer; something that will control the oil in your skin. Gel moisturizers are great because they leave your skin feeling supple but not overly greasy!

  • Cetaphil Oil Control Lotion with SPF 40 $12.99  - This moisturizr is perfect for acne prone skin, it's light weight, and is clinically proven to hydrate, protect, and control shine. Plus it contains SPF 40! This pairs well with the matching Foam wash cleanser. 

  • Clinique Acne Solutions All Over Clearing Treatment $23 - This is a perfect treatment that helps to treat and prevent acne while leaving your skin feeling smooth. When used with the Clinique Acne solutions system.. it is proven to reduce acne by 37%!! 

  • Murad Oil Control Mattier with SPF 15 $40 - A shine reducing moisturizer helps matte the surface of skin while protecting it. 

  • Dermalogica Oil Control Lotion $46 - Light weight moisture that hydrates and reduces shine on the surface of the skin while regulating oil production. 

Don't forget about SPOT Treatment!

  • Clean and Clear Persa Gel 10 - $ 6.99 - Similar to a prescription.. this benzoyl peroxide stop acne at the source. 
  • Clinique Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel - $17.50 - Daily spot treatment, gel helps to clear blemishes upon application!

It is important to understand the causes of acne in order to treat it and find the most effective products for Your Best Skin! I think a balanced diet, medication, staying active, and developing a skin routine helps to see improvement in the skin. Try different skin care products to see what works for YOU, keep your receipt. Return products that are not working or simply making things worse. See a Skin care Professional.. for a skin treatment that is best for your skin concern. Schedule a FACIAL! Remember these simple steps:
Cleanse, Tone, Moisturize. 

If you are experiencing severe acne symptoms or cystic acne.. I recommend seeing a Dermatologist. 

Your Skin Therapist,

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