Many people assume acne skin problems are limited to the formative teenage years. However, the adults who suffer from sometimes painful and embarrassing acne know all too well this is a myth.
Some people never get acne until they’re already an adult, and acne really has no age limit. When acne occurs after puberty, it may seem as if it will never go away. Adult acne can affect your self-esteem and prevent people from socializing as they normally would.
Dr. Myla is a board certified plastic surgeon, but she’s also a skin expert who believes in restorative and preventative skin care and maintenance.
What Causes Adult Acne?
There are a number of reasons people experience acne as adults.
A few causes of adult acne include:
- Changes in hormonal levels
- Reactions to medication
- Not getting enough sleep
- Poor diet
Women undergo more changes in their hormone levels, and as a result, adult acne affects women more often than it does men. Menstruation and menopause can both cause increases in breakouts and flare-ups of adult acne.
It’s important to manage your stress in healthy ways such as exercise or meditation, and be conscious of the foods you eat – including the consumption of sugary and carbonated drinks.
Always evaluate possible side effects of newly prescribed medications as well. Stopping a new medication may not be a choice, but seeking treatment for your adult acne at Ederra Bella is.
How to Get Rid of Adult Acne
Here’s the good news; if you create and follow a skin care regimen, you may be able to clear up your existing adult acne and prevent new acne from forming.
Adult Acne Treatment Steps
Step 1: Cleanse Your Skin
You must wash your face with a cleanser every night before going to bed. This removes dirt and makeup from the day, so it doesn’t collect on your pillowcase and build up on your skin over time.
The cleanser that will work for you depends on the type of skin you have. Most people have either oily or dry skin, while others have a combination of both. Dr. Myla at Ederra Bella can help you determine your skin type as well as help you choose the best cleanser.
Step 2: Exfoliate Your Skin
Over time, our skin’s ability to naturally exfoliate itself slows down. This allows skin to become dry and pores to become clogged, which is another cause of acne.
Dr. Myla can recommend the right exfoliating product for your skin type.
Step 3: Keeping Your Face Clean
How can you keep your face clean? First, be more aware of your habits. Wash your hands regularly, and avoid touching your face when possible. This helps keep unnecessary oil away from the surface of your skin.
Secondly, be aware of items that come in contact with your face. Be sure to change your pillowcase regularly. Your face comes into contact with it for roughly 8 hours every night. That’s a lot of time for dirt, debris and oil to build up and clog your pores!
After your pillowcase, make sure you clean the touchscreen on your smart phone on a regular basis with a non-abrasive, skin friendly screen cleaner. Alternatively, you can use a headset for your calls, so your phone doesn’t touch your face. Otherwise, you’re indirectly transferring oil and bacteria from your hands to your face, which fuels adult acne and breakouts!
How to Get Rid of Acne Scars
The worst thing about adult acne is even after it’s gone, it may have already left its mark on your face.
Acne scars can be both unsightly and painful, but there are ways to get rid of them.
Retinol skin care products aren’t just for anti-aging! They can also reduce pore size and improve the appearance of acne scars.
Best Products for Adult Acne
Dr. Myla is a skin expert, and she wants everyone to have beautiful, glowing skin. The right skin care products are the key to treating and preventing your adult acne.
Ederra Bella recommends using ZO Skin Health Products for long-term skin care maintenance. They are both medically and visually effective. ZO Skin Health Products offer a full line of skincare solutions, including cleansers, exfoliating products, and much more for every skin type.
Request a Skin Consultation with Dr. Myla Today
If you’re ready to take your life back from adult acne and to look like yourself again, contact us online to request a skin consultation with Dr. Myla today.