Acne is one of the most frustrating things in a woman’s life. It comes and goes at any time and can make life difficult. I used to think that once your teenage years go away, they take acne with them – apparently, that’s not the case.
Turns out, a lot of women get acne attacks in their 30s because of hormonal changes. Using some forms of birth control can also cause acne in adults. Stress can also be linked to acne.
And although life as an adult is a lot different from life as a teenager, acne is still upsetting.
For all the ladies who suffer from acne breakouts, I have collected a few tips to help you reduce the symptoms and prevent the occurrence of adult acne:
#1 Try To Lighten Up
Since stress can trigger acne breakouts, you should try to reduce the stress in your life. Try not to take too much pressure, or worry too much about the future. I often find humming your favourite song, prayer or meditation to be helpful in stressful situations. Some people even suggest yoga for stress relief. Do whatever floats your boat – just don’t stress out. It’s bad for your health and it’s bad for your skin.
#2 Watch What You Eat
Certain food items can trigger acne, so once you get acne, you need to think about what you ate that could be a possible cause of acne. This is important because you need to know the food items or ingredients that trigger your acne. A friend of mine gets acne from chocolate and coffee – and you need to know what you shouldn’t eat if you want to keep your acne under control.
#3 Do Not Compromise On Your Sleep
While a lack of sleep has no direct effect on your acne, it can cause a hormonal imbalance which may result in acne. Not getting enough sleep also increases stress – another factor that can cause acne.
#4 Keep Your Face Clean At All Times
Acne can be caused by the clogging of pores on your skin. Your skin has the ability to absorb almost anything and small particles of dirt and smoke can increase your acne.
#5 Have A Complete Skincare Routine
Using the adequate products for an acne-prone skin is key! Avoid heavy products like coconut oil or shea butter. They can clog pores. Use oil-free products, exfoliate weekly and moisturise your skin.
#6 Don’t Sweat With Your Makeup On
I know that it might be hard to leave the house with a clean skin when you struggle with acne, but going to the gym with makeup on is a big NO! Sweat opens the pores and the dirt goes inside clogging them.
#7 Hydrate Your body
Drinking plenty of water is excellent to flush toxins and to improve the quality of your skin. Get used to avoid sugary or soft drinks and to create the habit of replacing them with a healthy glass of water. Drink as many as your body needs. It is recommended a minimum of 8 glasses throughout the day. I try to drink 1.5l -2.5 l . I really notice a difference and it helped me to have a clearer skin.
#8 Keep Your Hair Off Your Face
You might use products for your hair ( hair serums or oils ) that can clog pores or irritate the skin ( shampoos and conditioners ). Also, if you have an active day, your hair can accumulate a lot of pollution and dust that can go on your skin during the night when you are sleeping. Try to wash your hair with natural products that cause a minimum impact on your skin. I like braiding my hair during the night so I can keep it off my face.
#9 Change Your Bed Linen Weekly
Unwashed dirty bed linen can accumulate dirt and excess oil from your body. It is the perfect environment for the formation of bacteria. Try to change your sheets, especially your pillowcases, at least 1 time per week.
#10 Use Clean Brushes
Clean your brushes regularly. They harbour dirt and bacteria that can trigger acne.
#11 Avoid Using Layers Of Makeup
You don’t want some of your makeup getting stuck in your skin, do you? You need to be careful with makeup if you have acne.
#12 Try Using Acne Treatments
I have tried a few off-the-shelf acne treatments and they kinda reduce the severity of acne flare-ups. And you should try them out too if you need a quick treatment for acne. I usually read customer reviews of acne products online before I opt to buy one so I can be sure I’m making an informed decision about skin care product.
#13 Visit A Dermatologist
Over-the-counter treatments only provide short-term relief from acne. If you feel that they aren’t working out for you, then you should visit a dermatologist. A doctor will be able to determine the main cause of adult acne and will prescribe the most appropriate treatment.
These are the things you can do to control adult acne. Let me know if you have some other tips or tricks. Until Next time!