A closer look in to Adult Acne

Contrary to what you may think, spots don't stop when you leave your teens behind.  Stress, sweating, humidity and not following a good skincare routine can all lead to breakouts. 

Acne is an inflammatory skin disorder often caused by hormones – the male ones, testosterone - that stimulate oil production and can be a range of skin problems from blocked pores and spots to the worst cases of cystic acne. There can be a multitude of factors why you develop acne, including over use of the wrong products, hormones and stress. A high-pressure job or relationship problems can all cause flare-ups. Adult acne is caused by excess secretion of sebum in the sebaceous glands, typically caused by an increase in hormones. When these hormones are mixed with bacteria, white blood cells move into the infected area to heal, causing a pimple.

Stress also slows down healing which means your spots stay for longer. It’s essential to get into a good skincare routine. Avoid products that contain lanolin, mineral oil, or petroleum and exfoliate at least once a week, and never cleanse with harsh soaps that will dry out your skin, because it will cause your body to produce more oil to reduce the dry skin and make your acne even worse.

Cleanse no more than twice a day. Since your skin is likely drier than it once was, over-washing can remove the surface oils that keep it supple. 

Drinking water is crucial.  Aim for 2 litres a day to flush out toxins and increase your intake of dietary fibre.

Focus on exfoliating once or twice a week, which can help clear out, blocked pores and invest in a good facial or peel once a month.

For milder break outs, a good quality Glycolic and Salicylic Acid (try our Complex Clear) can help break up pore clogging sebum and encourages the shedding of dead skin cells on the surface of the skin. 

If your acne does not improve see a good skin clinic, doctor or dermatologist as they find out what is causing it and prescribe a course of treatments and topical antibiotics. We recommend the Harley Street Skin Clinic.


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