Dealing with Adult Acne

A lot of great things come along with getting older; possibly a career, family, travels, and even a slightly better wardrobe. As most of us get older and advance a little in the world, we tend to outgrow a lot of things. Unfortunately, one thing that a lot of us don’t outgrow is acne.

Adult acne happens to many women (and men) in their 20s, 30s, and even 40s. It can happen whether we’ve battled acne as a teen or not, and factors can include stress, hormonal changes or fluctuations, environmental changes, or even certain medications. However, since most of us notice a change in our skin as we get older (it may become a little drier and slightly more sensitive – and let’s not even discuss how frustrating it is to deal with both wrinkles and pimples!), we find that adult acne requires a slightly more delicate approach. Here are some of our favorite tips and products for dealing with adult acne.

1. Keep your skin clean, but not too clean. When dealing with acne, the first instinct is usually to use the harshest, most drying products. Do not try that! Using harsh products can not only irritate your skin, causing inflammation and making breakouts even more obvious, it can actually strip your skin of its natural oils and cause your skin to overcompensate by producing even more oil. Use a gentle, but effective cleanser like Exuviance Moisturizing Antibacterial Facial Cleanser. This cleanser is soap-free and non-irritating, but also contains an antibacterial treatment to treat breakouts and polyhydroxy acids for an anti-aging boost.

2. Choose the right treatment. Again, the trick is to use a product that will bust breakouts without irritating or over-drying the surrounding skin. Jane Iredale Zap and Hide Blemish Concealer is a double ended stick, one end contains a blemish balm made with tea tree, lavender, and green tea oils to sooth and treat blemishes, while the other end houses a special concealer designed to expertly hide any evidence of a breakout. If you’re ready to bring out the big guns, try the Tria Skin Perfecting Blue Light, an easy, gentle, at-home device that gives you clinical results.

3. Don’t forget to keep your skin moisturized and protected. Acne-prone skin still needs to be hydrated, but once again, the key is balance. Choose a product that will keep your skin moisturized without clogging up your pores or overloading your skin. We like NeoStrata Sheer Hydration SPF 15, it is light enough for hot, humid weather and also contains a mildly exfoliating complex to increase cell turnover and minimize any post-acne marks or dark spots.

– Rebecca Harrisson