As teenagers, most of us had to adjust to dealing with the odd breakout or two, and that was fine, as everyone knows teenagers are prone to acne. But adult acne, on the other hand, now that’s a different story.
If you suffer from adult acne you might feel confused about the best way to treat and deal with it, you may also be concerned about how long the acne will last for. Is it a life-long condition? Will your skin ever clear up?
Dealing with adult acne can be difficult, especially if you never suffered from spots as a teenager. But there is no need to get down about it, as there are plenty of different treatment options available.
To help you deal with and manage your acne effectively, we have put together a handy guide below:
Watch What You Eat
Believe it or not, many adult acne breakouts are caused by food allergies. You may not realize you are allergic to any foods because the allergy is minor, but eating food your body doesn’t get on with can cause all sorts of problems for your skin.
If you notice that you get breakouts after eating a certain type of food, keep a food diary and try to work out what food you could have an allergy to. Once you have an idea, you can then visit your doctor and ask to have an allergy test.
Establish a Good Skin Care Routine
The key to controlling your skin is a good skin care routine. If you have a good skin care routine in place, you can keep an eye on your skin, ensuring it is as healthy as possible.
To help prevent outbreaks, what you need to do is remove your makeup and cleanse your skin each night with a natural, antibacterial makeup remover and cleanser. The best products to use are ones containing witch hazel or aloe vera, as both of these have natural antibacterial properties.
Once you have removed your makeup and cleansed your skin, the next step is to moisturize with a natural moisturizer that has been specifically tailored to acne prone skin. There are plenty of moisturizers formulated for spot prone skin, but some of the best are the alpha h products – these are definitely worth a try.
You may not think that there is any link between smoking and acne, but according to a recent study, smoking increases your chance of developing the condition. By stopping smoking, you will not only help to prevent any future outbreaks, you should also find that your current outbreak is much easier to manage.
Of course, we do understand that quitting smoking isn’t easy. But, with the right help and support, it is possible. If you smoke and are suffering from adult acne, quitting is the best thing you can do – unless, of course, you want acne for life?
Heal Your Skin from the Inside Out
As well as watching what you eat and stopping smoking, there are many other ways you can help keep your skin healthy from the inside out.
To help cleanse your skin and keep it healthy and hydrated, aim to drink at least eight glasses of water each day.
To help reduce inflammation and bacteria in the skin, you could also consider drinking aloe vera gel each day. This can be purchased online and at some health food stores – just make sure only to use 100% pure gel, not juice.
What do you do when you have a breakout? Let us know in the comments below!
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