One of the great things about growing up and getting out of the awkward teen ears is that you no longer have acne. Unfortunately, some people experience acne later in life in their 30s, 40s, or 50s. You may have clear skin on day, then wake up one day to pimples. Here are some things you can do to treat your adult acne.
Consider the Cause
The first thing you should do when you are starting to notice acne as an adult is to consider what might be causing it. This can help you reduce its severity, or let you know that it will soon go away. For example, birth control pills are known to cause acne. If you have recently switched to a new form of birth control, it might take some time for your body to adjust to them. You may also be able to use a different form of birth control that doesn't cause acne. Other causes of hormonal changes, including menstrual cycles and pregnancy, can also cause acne. Fortunately, the acne in these cases is usually temporary. Talk to your doctor if you believe a medication you are taking is causing the acne and see if there are alternative medications you can try.
Look at Your Current Products
The products you are using on your skin might also be the culprit. Some cosmetic products contain chemicals that lead to adult acne. When choosing cosmetics, try to find ones that have salicylic acid, as this can help to fight acne instead of causing it. Also make sure any products used on your face, from cleansers to moisturizers, do not have any added oil, additives, or clog-poring ingredients. Look for the labels non-comodogenic and non-acnegenic on all products you use.
Maintain a Good Skin Care Regimen
Having a good skin care regimen and following it each day is essential to controlling adult acne. Begin by cleansing your skin twice a day with an oil-free cleanser. You should wash your face in the morning before putting on makeup, then at night when removing your makeup for the night. However, do not wash your skin more than twice a day, or you may dry out your skin. When rinsing your face, avoid water that is too cold or too hot. Lukewarm water or cool water is best. When drying off your skin, pat it dry with a soft, clean towel. Never rub your skin to dry it faster.
For more information, consider talking to a doctor at a clinic like East Carolina Dermatology and Skin Surgery, PLLC.