Updated January, 2020
Acne is probably the most common skin condition that people around the globe suffer from. Most teenagers suffer from acne because, during adolescence, hormones go haywire and causes a series of chemical and bodily changes that is normal in a teenager’s life.
It is infuriating to have acne and it is a fact that most acne sufferers get conscious with how they look and result to having a low self-esteem.
In most cases, acne subsides after a series of treatment however, it is also common to hear adults go through the same challenges. It is especially frustrating to think that you are done going through a pimply past yet, here you are again, back at square one, and deal with the dilemma all over again. When will it stop?
If you have had acne as a teenager, chances are you will develop adult-onset acne as well. It may develop anytime between your 20’s to as late as your 50’s.
The thing about acne is that there is no single effective treatment for it.
Acne is caused by multiple factors and its treatment depends on what causes it. One person may have acne because of hormonal imbalance, another might have acne because of bacterial infection, some may have acne because of genetics or that they have oily skin.
Acne has different types too. For a detailed discussion about acne types and remedies, read this blog post. Different types of acne require different types of treatment as well.
Acne medication can range from using a facial wash with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide, hormonal therapy, blue light therapy treatment, topical or oral antibiotics, having chemical peels, or taking Accutane, as the last resort.
Those who suffer from adult-onset acne should be more meticulous with what they are doing, eating, or using that may result in their breakouts. Chances are, you’ve added something to your routine that is not agreeing with your skin.
Here are the most common culprits to acne breakouts:
Products that have comedogenic (pore-clogging and acne-causing) ingredients
Some everyday products like makeups, lotions, and cleansers contain ingredients that block the pores such as lanolin, cocoa butter, coconut oil, and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. These are just examples of comedogenic ingredients that exacerbate acne. If you have acne-prone skin, it is better to stay away from these ingredients. Choose products that are labeled “non-comedogenic” instead.
It is recommended to use an everyday acne cleanser to keep blemishes at bay. However, because of the wide array of products available in the market, some people get overly enthusiastic with products they use. Some people bombard their skin with harsh ingredients that results in more irritation. Be cautious in combining products and do your research. Some products may cause your skin to tingle or be sensitive to sunlight. If unsure, always consult your doctor.
Milk and Dairy Products
Milk may be good for our teeth and bones but it is not as friendly to our skin. Most acne sufferers who removed milk and dairy from their diet has experienced fewer breakouts and improvement in their skin condition.
Hormonal imbalance may also play a role in acne breakouts. For any female-pattern adult acne, it is best to consult your doctor to check if they can recommend a hormonal contraceptive that may deal with acne flare ups. You may also be prescribed with oral antibiotics to best help with the breakouts.
P. acnes Bacteria
Bacteria might be partying in your skin. It is not enough that you wash your face daily. If you are keen on removing all the products that sit on your skin, you may also want to check out the makeup brushes you have been using. When’s the last time you washed your makeup brushes? Yes, that is right. Brushes not only collect make-up products, it attracts dirt too.
Skipping on moisturizers
Most people who have oily skin think that they do not need moisturizers. Oily skin can get dehydrated too! Because of the absence of moisture, the skin is tricked to producing more sebum that causes clogged pores and acne. Use an oil-free moisturizer to help nourish the skin.
Adult-onset acne might be stressful but the good thing about it is that you have an idea how well you respond to certain acne medications and treatments. The best way to keep yourself breakout-free is to be wary of the products you use, exfoliate your skin two to three times a week and observe a meticulous skin care regimen.
Post updated for 2019.