Coming to terms with acne is difficult and persistent adult acne can be heartbreaking. Studies show that over 40% of women over 25 have had experience with adult acne at some point, and this is one of the most common skincare concerns. In fact, this has been a major driver for our Founder, Adj Associate Professor Elissa O’Keefe to develop Science Skincare.
To discover the ways that can help diminish the appearance of breakouts, we need to learn not only what treatment and products are the right ones but what’s at the root of the problem, as well. When in doubt, touch base with one of our trusted experts, but until then, here’s some key pointers.
When it comes to acne, regardless of its type, the factors that contribute to it emerging are the same and the result at the base is always clogged pores. Acne bacteria and inflammation, slow cell turnover and excess oil production are the most common causes for acne. The additional lifestyle and health factors that make someone more prone to acne can be stress, hormonal changes, weakened immunity and using too many or too harsh skincare products.
Dermatologists agree that hormonal fluctuations can be one of the main causes for adult acne. Hormone-related breakouts are most likely to appear around the time of the menstrual cycle, during or after pregnancy, during peri-menopause and menopause and when you start or stop using hormonal birth control. There’s huge debate over the role of birth control pills in adult acne and there’s no clear and unambiguous answer. There are pills that can help control acne but there are others that can make it worse and it’s strictly individual, so a good skincare routine is always a must.
Finding the right skincare for your concern is incredibly important. Each item from the routine needs to work in tandem with the rest of the products. Go for highly active, non- comedogenic formulations, gentle cleansers, replenishing moisturisers and essential actives like retinoids, Vitamin B3, and AHAs and BHAs to keep your pores clear and prevent future breakouts.
When it comes to makeup, dermatologists are all on the same page. Anything you put on your face can potentially clog pores. Long-wearing foundations hide heaps but are a true enemy for any acne sufferer, they’re highly occlusive and almost impossible to remove completely. At the end of the day, acne becomes aggravated and difficult to control. That’s why dermatologists suggest avoiding heavy cream makeup or to use lightweight, oil-free formulations like minerals rather than heavy liquids and creams. One that uses zinc to calm and heal and provides camouflage and UV protection like our Suntint is a must.
The most important thing to remember is to be gentle to your skin and to use proven skincare products. Studies show that those who use gentle, active cleansers have much better results in fighting acne than people who strip the skin of its natural oils and damage the moisture barrier. Acne sufferers often tend to reach for aggressive treatments that dry out the skin or skip important steps like moisturising which can lead to even more oil production. Where the skin is sad or compromised, a first aid kit in a bottle is essential.
Get to the root of the problem and understand what works. Knowing what causes your acne will help you find the best way to clear up your skin. To get started on getting control our Bye Bye Blemishes kit is PERFECT for you.