One of the downsides of being young is struggling with hormones and acne. Teenagers are always told they will “grow out of it” and, for the most part, the saying is true. Over the last decade, however, there has been a significant increase in adult acne cases, and it is something many of us will struggle with for years. If you’re the one who keeps trying to get rid of their acne long into adulthood, this article is for you. We will give you a few tips on how to get rid of acne as an adult.
What the Doctors Say
In recent years, medical professionals were surprised to discover that women in their thirties have problems with acne. It’s a problem that’s leaving doctors puzzled as they can’t seem to be able to pinpoint exactly what it is that’s causing severe breakouts in adults. It’s also a problem that both men and women share, but ladies have a more difficult time dealing with it since they can’t cover it up with a stylish beard as men can. Skin blemishes in adult women usually cover the lower portion of their faces (almost like a surgical mask), and doctors can’t agree on the cause. While environmental factors such as stress certainly play a huge part, hormones and diets are also commonly associated with acne.
The Second Puberty
Seeing as birth control pills are common, and as girls take them from a fairly young age, once they stop taking them decades later, it can cause their bodies to start acting “crazy.” Because this would be the first time your oil glands will be able to work without pills, you might experience breakouts until your body gets used to it. If this is the case, you need to find good anti-inflammatory products and be patient because you will definitely “grow out of it” as they say. Patience is the key – you just have to wait for your skin to clear on its own as you’re going through a second puberty.
Too Many Products
To be perfectly honest, those 21-step-skin-routines might actually be bad for your skin and can worsen your acne problems. If you’re using a lot of different products in your skincare routine, it can lead to “pomade acne.” Even though this expression used to refer to hair ointments that caused pimple breakouts, today any occlusive product can cause it. If you’re trying to fight your acne with too many acne treatments, it will inevitably dry your skin and cause pore blockage, which will, in turn, make the problem much worse.
Getting Rid of It
We all want the fastest possible solution for our problems, acne included, but there is a downside to everything. Even if you’ve successfully gotten rid of acne, you might end up with severe scarring and blemishes. You might think that there’s no way to get rid of that, but it’s not the case. Fortunately, you can find a great cosmetic dermatologist and discuss your options with them. Depending on what caused your blemishes and scars and the type of skin you have, they will be able to recommend the most effective treatment for you. This way, not only will you be able to say goodbye to acne, but you won’t have to worry about scars either.
Covering It Up
It might take some time for you to find the products that will help you out, and you need to give your skin time to recover. Start by testing different natural products and try to steer clear of the ones aimed at teenagers. Teenagers’ skin is much oilier and robust, able to handle harsher ingredients, and you need something that’s more gentle. Because acne-prone adult skin is usually dry and sensitive, don’t use cleansers and leave-on products that have potential irritants at the same time (the most common irritants include benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid). A good thing to remember is that if a product is labeled as “pore refining” or “acne-fighting”, you might want to skip that one.
Even though you might feel like the struggle is too much to bear at the moment and that no matter what you do, you will never be able to get rid of your acne, stay strong. The key is consistency and patience because you can’t always keep your hormones under control, but what you can do is make sure to avoid any further complications. When you find something that works, stick with it, but also, don’t be afraid to try a new approach or a new product from time to time.