When 40-55% of adults have adult acne, it’s should hardly be considered a “teenage” problem. Around half of us have had to face our work life, our love lives, and life in general while struggling with hard-to treat acne that always seems to pop up in the most inopportune moments. You should be proud of clear, flawless skin; instead, nasty, unpredictable breakouts make you feel like a little kid again. At this point in your life, you’ve been through enough obstacles, milestones, and victories—you shouldn’t have to deal with acne, too. Enough is enough—it’s time to leave acne in the past along with high school boyfriends and regrettable haircuts. If you want to finally say goodbye to acne, check out our tips for clearing adult acne for good.
Cool It on the Cleansing
You’re an adult, so it’s time to say goodbye to skin care urban myths and misconceptions like washing your face constantly is good. If you’re washing your face more than twice a day, then you’re just drying out your skin, which then causes the skin to overcompensate by producing extra oil, which then leads to–you guessed it, more breakouts.
Out with the Old, In with the New
One of the main causes of acne is the accumulation of dead skin and oils that to clog hair follicles.
Achieving clear skin means clearing your pores, so exfoliation is the name of the game. With exfoliation, you can scrub away dead skin while revealing the newer, fresher skin underneath. Some great treatments for exfoliation that you can try include:
- Chemical Peels
- Scrub masks
A Diligent Diet
We all know about the greasy, sugary (and unfortunately, tasty) foods that we’re told to avoid at all costs lest we invite another breakout: chocolate, pizza, coffee, fast food, etc. Of course, these aren’t iron-clad rules; to quote the Pirates of Caribbean, “they’re more like guidelines.” One woman’s breakout-prone food is another woman’s guilty pleasure, so it’s up to you to find out which treats you should steer clear from.
Say Bye to Bacteria
The main cause of acne? Bacteria. Try a nonsurgical treatment that uses light energy to eliminate those nasty bacteria—that way you can destroy the root of the problem without harming your skin. For some powerful, yet gentle acne and acne scarring treatments, check out some of these treatments:
- Blu–U Light Therapy
- Redness Lasers – Excel V and Vbeam