Tips for Fighting Acne as an Adult

Acne is something most people associate with teens, but studies show many adults suffer from acne after their teenage years. This misconception makes adults feel worse about their problem because they thought acne would go away when they were older. The good thing is there are ways to reclaim control of your skin.


Addressing Stress

Folks associate hormonal changes to acne, which isn’t wrong, but that’s not the only reason someone might deal with acne. Sure, some adults go through hormonal changes during pregnancy, as an example, but the most likely cause is stress. Every adult knows stress very well, and it has to be dealt with if you want to fight off acne. No one can eliminate stress. That’s just a part of life, but what you can do is find creative and constructive ways to reduce your stress levels at the end of the day. This could mean anything, from having a relaxing glass of wine at the end of the day or getting a massage regularly.

Using Products

The idea of going back to acne ointments might feel a little strange at your age. The good thing is there are products to use that aren’t geared towards a younger demographic. For example, you can consider using an overnight acne mask to fight back against zits. These masks can be pretty effective. They don’t feel any different from any other mask adults wear for cosmetic reasons, like to get glowing skin or a deep clean. In short, if anyone notices your acne mask, it’ll look like any other mask for skincare.

Rethinking Medications

One thing teenagers don’t generally have to worry about are medications. As adults, you might be taking some type of medication that could be causing you to break out in zits and pimples. Some types of medicine can cause folks to break out, such as lithium, antiseizure drugs, and corticosteroids. These or another type of medication could be causing this problem. If you aren’t sure, then talk to your doctor or dermatologist to find out if you’re taking something that could be causing this. The problem could also be that you switched birth control pills. Figure out what’s going on so that you can address the issue. You may have to switch to other birth control pills or take an alternative to your medication.

Good Cleaning

Some adults clean their faces often, while others don’t do it at all. The reason you’re dealing with acne could lie in one of these paths. If you don’t clean your face often, the reason you’re dealing with acne could be build-up grime and pollution that you fail to remove before it leads to acne. If you clean your face but don’t do it adequately, then that could be your reason. Maybe you wash your face with abrasive products that strip your face of its natural protection, which leaves you vulnerable to acne. It could be that you’re cleaning your face too frequently or abrasively. Maybe you need a natural skin cleanser and wash only twice a day. Ideally, you want to use a gentle water temperature on your face. Always pat dry when you’re done to avoid damaging your skin.

High Tech Solutions

If you don’t see a way out and you’ve tried products, medications, and everything else you can think of, then there’s still one more solution to try. Yes, it involves technology, but there are a few things to keep in mind. For one, the technology available will be expensive. On top of that, the treatment isn’t 100 percent guaranteed. Most folks should see a significant amount of improvement, which is why many opt for this option when other options don’t seem to work. There are two ways to deal with your acne using technology. One option is light therapy, which is sometimes called PDT. The other is vacuum therapy. Both use lasers to deal with your acne.

All of these are good options for you, depending on your specific situation. Talk to your dermatologist to see if there’s anything else you can do to deal with this persistent acne problem.