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Guide to Dealing with Adult Acne

TAGS: ADULT ACNE, FACE CLEANSER, SUNSCREEN, FACE SERUM, SKIN HYDRATION, SKIN SERUM, ACNE TREATMENT, AGING SKIN, ANTI AGING CREAM, GEL SERUM, LIGHTWEIGHT MOISTURIZER, BROAD SPECTRUM SUNSCREEN, FACIAL CREAM

Acne at Every Age

  1. Face cleanser and toner:
  2. Targeted face serums:
  3. Skin Hydration:
  4. Sunscreen:
  5. Retinol:

Acne is not an exclusive experience for teens and adolescents. Although it is often considered a teenager's rite of passage, many women and men continue to struggle with breakouts well into adulthood. Regardless of age, acne occurs when a pore becomes clogged with dead skin cells, excess oil, and debris that trap bacteria inside. This environment allows bacteria to multiply quickly, which leads to the redness and inflammation associated with acne. Adult acne is believed to be proliferated by hormonal fluctuations, which explains why teenagers may first experience acne with the onset of puberty and many women experience acne blemishes at certain times during their monthly cycle. The male hormone testosterone also has an impact on sebum (oil) production , which essentially means that no one is immune to breakouts.

Aging skin prone to adult acne comes along with a unique set of challenges. With time, the skin’s rate of cellular turnover slows, which can translate to dead skin cells taking longer to shed naturally and increasing the chances of pores becoming clogged. The skin generally becomes drier with age as well, which means traditional acne treatments may make fine lines and wrinkles look more pronounced.

Regardless of age, an effective anti-acne skincare regimen that incorporates effective ingredients can help minimize blemishes—and address other skin concerns you may have. However, if at-home skincare efforts don’t improve acne, it’s best to see a dermatologist.

Anti-acne skincare essentials

In many cases, products that help prevent clogged pores and promote overall skin health are the best bet for getting acne-prone skin of all ages back on track.

1. Face cleanser and toner:

A cleansed base is the key to minimizing blemish formation. Achieve this with a gentle exfoliating face cleanser and toner . It’s important to note that different acids have different effects on the skin, and a combination of lipo-hydroxy, glycolic, and salicylic acids can be especially beneficial for decongesting pores, reducing excess oil, and promoting brighter, more even skin tone. It’s equally as important that an acne cleanser or toner avoid stripping the skin of its natural moisture in the process—especially for those with aging skin who experience adult acne. SkinCeuticals products to try: LHA Cleanser Gel and LHA Toner

2. Targeted face serums:

Acne serums offer a high concentration of active ingredients that can address a variety of skin concerns, including our number one foe, acne! An oil-free acne serum that gently exfoliates while reinforcing the skin’s barrier can help maintain clear pores, enhance skin texture and radiance, balance moisture levels, improve the appearance of visible signs of aging and post-acne discoloration, and minimize breakouts without irritation or unwanted side effects. SkinCeuticals products to try: the replenishing skin serum Retexturing Activator and the acne treatment and face serum for aging skin Blemish + Age Defense.

3. Skin Hydration:

All skin types need moisture, and acne-prone skin is no exception. In fact, the skin naturally produces more oil in response to dryness, and this can lead to clogged pores and further breakouts. Those with younger or more oily skin may prefer the lightweight texture of an oil-free gel, while drier or aging skin with adult acne may need the additional hydration that a non-greasy cream provides. Depending on your skin’s needs, face moisturizers can be mixed, matched, and layered, and provide additional benefits that range from skin-soothing and minimizing the appearance of discoloration, redness, or pores to environmental protection courtesy of antioxidants and extra nourishment with botanically-based ingredients. SkinCeuticals products to try: the soothing gel serum Phyto Corrective Gel, the oil-free Hydrating B5 Gel, and the lightweight moisturizer Daily Moisture.

4. Sunscreen:

Daily sun protection is essential for all skin types as well, especially when using any exfoliating ingredients or products. It’s a misconception that sunscreen leaves the skin looking and feeling greasy, and a lightweight, mineral-based, tinted-mousse formulation can actually absorb oil throughout the day and leave acne-prone skin with a silky, matte finish while effectively protecting against damaging UVA and UVB rays. SkinCeuticals product to try: the broad-spectrum sunscreen Physical Matte UV Defense SPF 50.

5. Retinol:

Retinol and skin health go hand in hand. With the power to generate cell growth, it is no surprise incorporating retinol for adult acne is the way to go. Recommended for evening use due to its instability when exposed to UV light (not because it causes sun sensitivity—although applying sunscreen daily while using retinol is imperative), it’s important to keep in mind that this ingredient should be introduced slowly to avoid unwanted side effects, and a lipid-rich moisturizer (such as our anti-aging cream Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2) has been found to shorten the skin’s adjustment period while improving the appearance of aging skin. SkinCeuticals products to try: concentrated facial creams such as Retinol 0.3 and Retinol 0.5.

Stay consistent with the key tips and tricks listed above, and beat acne at any stage of life.

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