Contrary to popular belief, acne and acne scars do not only affect the lives of teenagers in junior high or high school but adults as well. Like teenagers, many adults who have acne and acne scars struggle with a poor self-image and low self-esteem. According to researchers from the American Medical Association, around 54% of women and 40% of men older than 25 have facial acne. Most say they suffer from insecurity and a poor self-image because of their imperfect skin. Here are a few tips to help you achieve clearer skin.
Acne breakouts in adulthood happen for many of the same reasons they do in preadolescence and adolescence. The primary contributors to acne are oily skin, clogged pores, bacteria, and inflammation, according to a study from Harvard Health Publishing. Some people naturally have oily skin, which you can’t grow out of. When your skin produces too much sebum oil, it can mix with surface impurities and clog your pores. Medications like corticosteroids, anabolic steroids, and certain psychotropic drugs can also contribute to the development of acne in some adults.
There are multiple things that adults struggling with acne can do to realize the dream of healthy, acne-free skin, some of which include:
Studies show that individuals who wash their face regularly are less prone to developing acne. At the same time, you do not want to excessively wash your face, because doing so could cause skin irritation. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, individuals should wash their face no more than twice per day, preferably with lukewarm water and a gentle facial cleanser.
One of the worst things you can do if you have sensitive, acne-prone skin is to cleanse with a facial scrub. These products can cause redness and irritation, and increase the size of your pores. Larger pores collect more dirt and oil, which can lead to the development of more acne. Instead, it is recommended to use a soft washcloth with an alcohol-free, nonabrasive cleaner to gently wash away dirt, oil, and makeup from your face.
While it might be tempting, you should avoid popping, picking at, or touching the acne on your face. According to most dermatologists, popping or touching acne can push bacteria and pus deeper into the skin, which could cause infection and inflammation. Bacteria could also spread to the surrounding skin, worsening your breakout. Picking at acne can also increase the risk of permanent scarring.
These skincare tips can combat acne and help you achieve clearer skin, but sometimes more advanced treatments are needed. If you’ve been struggling with stubborn acne, schedule a consultation at Trillium Creek Dermatology, where one of our skin experts can examine your skin, help you develop a customized treatment plan, and give you the glowing skin you’ve been dreaming of!