Adult Acne: How to keep it in check.

Adult Acne: How to keep it in check.

There’s nothing more disappointing than waiting until your 20s to finally have clear skin and then learning the hard way that bad breakouts don’t necessarily end when your teenage years do. Coming to terms with adult acne is difficult—but rest assured, you’re not the only adult dealing with zits. Keep reading to learn about some of the best ache treatment strategies!

  1. Exfoliators

Exfoliation is the most important thing you can do on a regular basis to be fighting acne both in terms of preventing it and treating it. This step will help prevent breakouts by keeping your pores clear and helping to remove any clogs you currently have.

That said, be careful not to exfoliate too often, which can result in irritated, flaky, dry skin. Between one and three times a week is plenty for most people, but your skin may be able to take more or less than that depending on your individual skin type and concerns.

  1. Spot treatments

Spot treatments are key for treating a pimple ASAP, especially ones containing benzoyl peroxide, which work by killing the bacteria that’s often responsible for acne. It can be a little harsh, though, so those with sensitive skin should be careful with it.

  1. Products that fight inflammation

As we mentioned, pimples form when a pore gets clogged with dirt, oil, and dead skin cells. If bacteria are also present, the pimple might get inflamed, meaning it becomes red, swollen, and painful. Not all pimples are inflamed, but those that are, tend to be extra unpleasant to deal with. 

So finding ways to calm them down while treating the root of the problem is essential.

If you have inflamed acne, look for products that contain soothing ingredients (like colloidal oatmeal, aloe, or centella asiatica) alongside acne-fighting ingredients, like salicylic acid.