Acne is one thing most people deal with in their adolescence and most are relieved when this phase passes however this is not the case with others as it still persists even as they grow older. Unlike our genetically blessed brothers and sisters who never have the acne experience others have to deal with it till, well, longer than usual.
So if you are one of such people, this article is for you, if you are not, erm, you probably know someone who needs it, so read and go spread the good news.
Now let’s proceed.
Why Do I Still Have Acne In My 20s?
At its root, adult acne is caused by the same things that cause teen acne: excess skin oil and bacteria. Any changes in hormones, including those brought on by pregnancy and menstruation, can trigger excess oil. Women who smoke also seem to be more prone to acne.
Acne tends to run in families, so if a parent had adult acne, you’re at higher risk. People can get acne into their 40s and beyond so chill, you are not a special case.
I Wash My Face A Lot But Still Get Blackheads, Why?
Washing your skin can’t get rid of blackheads or acne. Why? Blackheads form below the skin’s surface, when oil, also called sebum, reacts with air in a partially clogged pore. When the pore is totally blocked, you get a whitehead.
Wash your face twice a day and after sweating, using a mild cleanser and warm water — not hot water. Do not scrub your skin as that can worsen acne.
Could My Makeup Cause My Acne?
Yes. In fact, anything you put on your face has the potential to clog pores. Look for oil-free makeup, sunscreens, and other skin products. Non-comedogenic and non-acnegenic products can be better for acne-prone skin.
You might also try using powder cosmetics instead of cream foundations. If you do want to use foundation, some dermatologists recommend oil-free liquid silicone matte foundations, such as those containing dimethicone or Cyclomethicone.
Am I Stuck With Acne Forever?
On its own, acne does seem to go away with age. According to one study, acne becomes less common after age 44. And for some women, acne ends with menopause.
Until then, fortunately, there are treatments for adult acne. Most people find a combination of products work best. Treatment takes time — usually 4 to 12 weeks — and you need to continue it for it to work.
What’s The Best Way To Treat Acne?
Medicated creams with benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, or alpha-hydroxy acid are the first treatments to try. You can get them over the counter or by prescription. Retinoids — vitamin A-based creams — also work to unclog hair follicles.
Your doctor can prescribe stronger creams, or other medications that help, such as antibiotics, oral retinoids, androgen blockers, and low-dose birth control pills.
What’s The Best Way To Avoid Acne?
Firstly, avoid touching your face. Touching your face can increase oiliness, irritate your skin, and encourage the growth of bacteria. Develop a hands-off policy.
Secondly, keep oily hair off your skin. And look for oil-free hair products. Oily hair care products can get on your face and clog pores.
Thirdly, be gentle with your skin. Use your fingertips (not a washcloth or sponge) to wash your face with a non-abrasive cleanser. Use mild skincare products.
So there you have it, questions answered and knowledge acquired, now go and deal with that stubborn acne!
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