We’ve all being well educated on the coming-of-age process we call puberty, and what it entails. Growth spurts, mood swings and soiled pads aside, the transition from adolescence to adulthood comes with arguably its most unwelcome visitor – acne.
This unwelcome visitor stays for a while and wreaks its havoc on our skin before it makes its much-anticipated departure as you enter adulthood…or so it seems.
Many have found out the hard way that contrary to belief, the prevalence of acne is not just limited to your teenage years; and can well extend its stay way beyond your youth.
Adult acne is very a very real affliction, and an absolute travesty when you mix it with the wrinkles and fine lines that start to surface when you advance in age.
Why Doesn’t (Z)it Go Away?
If you’ve lived most of your teenage life as a pimply teenager, you might have been waiting to grow out of that phase, shed your old blemished skin, and live your life as an adult with pristine complexion.
Life however, has a funny way of throwing you curveballs.
Plot twist: you’re an adult now, but your skin is showing no signs of clearing up.
What’s keeping the acne from going away?
Hormones. The fluctuation in hormones, especially before your menstrual cycle could be one of the factors that’s keeping your acne from clearing up. Androgens like testosterone can cause painful cystic acne to surface around the chin, neck or back, according to dermatologists.
Stress. With great age comes great responsibility, and sometimes these responsibilities can prove to be quite overwhelming for you. There is an organ known as the adrenal gland that produces a stress-induced hormone called cortisol when you are under duress, which comes with a little bit of testosterone – which gives rise to potential breakouts.
Pollutants in the air. The amount of dust and dirt you accumulate on your skin can clog up your pores and cause acne bacteria to thrive on your skin. If you’d like to have an inkling of how much dirt is accumulated on your face, wipe your face with a facial wipe or a toner pad after a day out – what you see might appall you.
Wrong skincare products. Some products that you’re using to rid your skin of acne might be counter-productive in its purpose, because of its contents that might be exacerbating the condition. Always make sure the products you’re applying to acne-ridden skin is labeled “oil-free” or “water-based”, so that they will not clog your pores further.
Over-cleansing. Too much of a good thing can turn out bad – washing your face in excess is one such example. The hot and humid weather might be accelerants of sebum production, and you might be tempted to wash your face with vigor to get rid of the grease and the sheen, but doing it too often and with harsh cleansing agents might dry up and stress out the skin, worsening the condition of your acne.
The Solution, Not Dissolution
Now that the possible reasons why acne is a mainstay on your visage well into your adult years have been highlighted, it’s only fair that I provided you with some solutions to tackle the issue.
One of the very first steps to take is to make adjustments to your skincare regime that can accelerate the healing process of your skin.
Some of the key ingredients to look out for in your skincare product are the likes of Glycolic and Salicylic acid. These two acids are natural exfoliators for your skin, not only targeting the likes of acne, but also wrinkles as well.
Products containing these components have the ability to unclog pores, remove dead cells on the surface of the skin, tightening it at the same time. Cleansing lotions like the Skin Gym Deep Cleaning Gel are prime examples of products that contain these helpful acids
Your body is in its most pronounced state of repair when you are asleep. The women who understand that capitalize on this fact, with the use of highly effective skin-nourishing night creams before they hit the sack.
Your skin is the most absorbent right before you go to bed, and the moments that follow when you wake. The use of a day-and-night cream when your skin is not exposed to the elements of the environment is perfect for the relevant nutrients to reach deep into your skin and work its magic.
The Clear Bliss Clearing and Soothing Gel is an ultra-light gel that is gentle on the skin, that you can apply right before you sleep, or right before you put on your makeup for the day. This gel does a top-notch job of unclogging pores and eviscerating acne bacteria at the same time, reducing the redness and visibility or your acne and giving you a clearer complexion.
Sometimes acne conditions can get to a level where it transcends topical or even oral alleviation, and may require some form of professional assistance.
Multi-tiered acne-busting packages like the Clarity Program are specially designed to deal with all forms of acne, and the unsightly scars they leave behind.
Consisting of two different non-invasive treatments that will comprehensively deal with varying levels of acne inflammation, a skin-rejuvenating ultrasonic cleansing treatment, and collagen-regenerating masks, this program more than covers the adequate ground required to deal with acne and aging, finally putting an end to this teenage nightmare that still haunts you to this very day.