What Are The Best Skin Care Products For Adult Acne
Life is so unfair. You head through your teenage years with fabulously clear skin. Everyone else has pimples but you are a zit free zone. And then, wham you hit 30 and suddenly you have spots! Now you start looking for the best skin care products for adult acne.
But before you head off on a shopping spree you need to find out why you have suddenly fallen victim to zits. What has recently changed in your life?
If you have started a faddy diet – you know the ones where they tell you not to eat carbohydrates etc, this might be the cause of your adult acne.
Have you started exercising in a bid to get fit? While all the experts tell you to get yourself fit, they forget to mention that initially exercise can cause a zit attack. One theory is that all the excess sweating can cause blocked pores. Another is that your body expels toxins when you exercise. I believe it is possibly a mixture of the two.
If you have ruled out diet and exercise as the cause we need to look at your hormones. Have you started a new contraceptive? Some birth control pills cause acne. I am assuming you are not pregnant as you would know that wouldn’t you?
If you have had other symptoms such as excess facial hair or extreme tiredness, you need to go to your doctor and have a full medical check up as they may be an underlying problem.
Are you stressed? Well let me rephrase that – we are all stressed. The only people not stressed are those who are dead already. Contrary to what the media would have us believe, we need a little bit of stress to keep life interesting. But when stress becomes a problem i.e. causing panic attacks or sleepless nights it can also lead to acne.
Try treating your breakout with over the counter skin care products for adult acne. You will be looking for cleansers, toners and moisturisers that contain retinoid – a vitamin A derivative. The retinoid helps to reduce whiteheads, blackheads and inflamed nodules. Don’t overdo it with the toner – they work by stripping the oil out of your skin. We all need a little oil to keep skin supple otherwise it will get dry and flaky.
Another over the counter treatment antibacterial agent is Benzoyl peroxide but be warned, this can leave your skin flaky and dry so follow the instructions carefully.
If you have large pustules, your doctor may prescribe a topical antibiotic i.e. a cream that you apply to your skin. If that doesn’t work, you may need a course of oral antibiotics.
An alternative to skin care products for adult acne are home treatments. Put an apple through a blender and apply the resulting pulp to your face leaving for 20 minutes before washing off. Make sure you use a light moisturizer afterward or your skin will get too dry. If you do this at least once a week, you should notice a difference.