The truth is that although acne is often associated with puberty, adults can suffer just as commonly from acne in the form of painful blemishes and lesions.
- Even people who have not struggled with acne in adolescence can begin to breakout in their adult years, especially related to hormones and stress.
- Regardless of your age, acne will result from clogged pores in the form of blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, and larger cysts. This is caused by the P-acne bacteria, as well as an overproduction of oil in the complexion.
- Untreated acne can often result in scars and discolorations.
What Can You Do?
- Cleanse your face twice daily with a cleanser appropriate to your skin type containing salicylic acid.
- Use a topical acne treatment that contains salicylic or glycolic acid, and spot treat individual pimples.
- Exfoliate 2 to 3 times per week to reduce the buildup of dead skin cells that can mix with oil in the complexion to create breakouts.
What to Avoid:
- Overdrying your complexion. Overtreating acne can cause dryness and irritation, which will further inflame existing acne lesions.
- Picking pimples. It is never advised to pick your skin, which could cause long-term scarring in the complexion. See a professional aesthetician for extractions and deep cleansing.
- Excess oil. Using hair products, makeup, or even touching your face can further clog your pores to irritate acne.
How to Look Your Best:
- Chemical Peel: A series of treatments exfoliates the skin and promotes cellular turnover to reduce acne lesions. You can expect minimal peeling for a period of 3 to 7 days.
- Microdermabrasion: Vigorous, medical-grade exfoliation removes the buildup of dead surface skin cells and improves acne dramatically. This treatment will help to even out the texture of your skin and minimize clogged pores for a smoother and fresher complexion.