WHAT CAUSES ADULT ACNE?
It’s not uncommon to continue to get acne well into your 30s, 40s and even beyond. Or to get acne for the first time in adulthood – known as “adult-onset acne.” Acne tends to be more common in women than men may be linked to one more of the following causative factors:
Fluctuating Hormone levels: Women often experience fluctuating hormones around their periods, during pregnancy, before and during menopause or due to taking birth control pills. A hormone imbalance can trigger those unwanted breakouts.
Skin Care Products: If you have adult acne, make sure your cleanser, moisturizer and sunscreen are labelled oil-free and non-comedogenic, which means they don’t clog pores. Visit Shop for the Cliniccare PURE Collection for products which are especially effective for acne.
Stress: When we’re stressed, our bodies produce more androgens—a type of hormone that stimulates the oil glands and hair follicles in the skin, which can lead to acne.
Family History: Don’t hold it against your parents, but research shows some people may have a genetic predisposition for acne.
Side-Effect of Medication: Some medications can trigger Acne. If you suspect that a drug is triggering your acne or making it worse, continue to take it, and discuss other options with the doctor who prescribed it.
Undiagnosed Medical Condition: Sometimes, acne is a sign of an underlying medical condition. Once the medical condition is diagnosed and treated, the acne often clears.
TOP 10 TIPS TO TREAT ACNE
Acne can be treated effectively, so here are a few tips to keep your pores clear and free of blemishes:
1.Choose Products for Acne-Prone Skin. Look for non-comedogenic (meaning they won’t clog pores, which start acne) and oil-free on the packaging. Products that gently exfoliate the skin’s surface help keep pores clear.
2. Know Your Ingredients. Benzoyl peroxide decreases P. acnes bacteria which can grow after the pore is clogged; salicylic acid unclogs pores to keep them clear; and retinoids unclog pores and reduce oiliness. A good alternative to salon-based treatments is a Salicylic Acid peel for home use.
3. Use The Correct Amount of Product. How much and how often you use the product can make a big difference. Using too little could be the reason your acne hasn’t cleared. Using too much can irritate your skin further.
4. Be Gentle to Your Skin. Dermatologists recommend gently washing your face when you wake up, when you’re ready to go to bed … and if your face gets sweaty. Scrubbing or washing more often can dry your skin out and actually make your acne worse. When your skin is dry, it will produce more oil. I recommend Cliniccare Concentrated Cleansing Foam.
5. Apply Acne Medication Correctly. Apply the product on the whole face or area and not just on the blemishes. Applying a thin layer on your acne-prone skin helps treat existing acne and prevent new breakouts. Wash your hands frequently, especially before applying lotions, creams, or makeup.
6. Try not to touch your face throughout the day. Resist picking and popping your acne—it can lead to scarring.
7. Frequently wash everything that comes in contact with your skin. Dead skin cells, bacteria, and dirt tend to build up on sheets, pillowcases, hats, scarves, glasses and make-up brushes, which can clog pores.
8. Keep skin hydrated to prevent rebound oil production. Aim to drink 2-3 litres of water a day to keep the skin hydrated and clear toxins from the body.
9. Choose Makeup For Sensitive Skin and avoid oil-based products. Always remove makeup before going to bed.
10. Give your treatment a chance. Acne treatments take time to work. You may see improvement in 4 to 6 weeks, but it can take months or longer to see full clearing.
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