woman struggling with adult acne

Acne is not a teenager’s problem, but afflicts many adults throughout their lives. T—e are a number of reasons you might break out in adulthood. Stress, bad diet, poor hygiene and unusual hormone levels due to conditions like menopause can all contribute to the problem. So can changes or sudden stops to medication, like birth control pills, corticosteroids, and lithium. Whatever the reasons, t—e are steps you can take to minimize and control adult acne.

Cleanse Daily

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Acne is caused by bacteria that lead to inflammation in the pores. Don’t pop or even touch pimples, as it may spread the bacteria or even damage your skin. Severe damage could lead to scarring. Cleanliness is essential. However, the skin can also be quite sensitive and should be kept moisturized. Cleaning with ordinary soap and warn water isn’t advisable more than twice a day. When you do, wash the skin gently for about 30 seconds, rinse thoroughly, and pat dry rat— than rubbing. A gentle cleanser made for acne or healthy skin can also be used.

Use Over-the-Counter Medications

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Don’t apply medications to oily skin. Only when the face has been cleaned and dried should you try applying some commercially available acne treatment products. T—e are many generic and name brands with chemicals that are known to be effective, such as sulfur, benzoyl peroxide, and salicylic acid. Look for products that contain these in moderate amounts, as they can dry the skin if over-used. You should also check for products identified as noncomedogenic, which won’t block pores, and non-acnegenic, or resistant to new breakouts.

Eat Right

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While studies that demonstrate a link between acne and diet are sparse, t—e are dietary recommendations, such as reduced sugar, omega-3 oils, and 30mg daily of zinc gluconate. Diets to improve general skin health include plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, especially those with bright colors, low-fat dairy, nuts, seeds, blueberries, and beans. Adequate vitamin D via supplements and sunlight can also help. It’s always important to avoid junk foods and keep hydrated.

Seek Professional Care

Laser Treatment

When acne is difficult to control, you should seek out the advice of a dermatologist. They may recommend prescription medications like retinoid, hormone treatments, antibiotics, and more. They may also recommend high-tech solutions like lasers or vacuum treatments. Following prescribed treatments from experienced dermatology specialists is your best bet for recovering total skin health.

The best way for adults to reduce acne problems is to develop healthy daily habits. When the problem becomes severe, persistent, or may do permanent damage, see a dermatologist.