One of the things that people who are prone to acne in their youth look forward to about becoming an adult is the thought of no longer having to deal with breakouts. Unfortunately, this is not the case for everyone. Adult acne is something many people face, even adults who did not have breakouts in their youth. Acne is not just a teenage issue and there are many reasons why you may be dealing with adult acne.
What causes adult acne?
Hair products may cause adult acne
Believe it or not, one of the culprits for your adult acne may be your hair products. They can seep into your skin and cause blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, and redness on the skin. It isn’t just the bang area that sees breakouts from hair products either. If you have long hair and you get ready and style your hair when you are naked, or when you are just wearing a bra, the hair products you put on your hair can also cause back and shoulder acne.
To cut down on breakouts caused by hair products, drape a towel over your shoulders. This will protect the skin on your shoulders and back from your hair products. Then, apply the products directly to your hair with your hands. If you are using a spray product, spray it onto your hands and then apply it to your hair — except for hairspray of course. After you have finished your hair, take a facial cloth and swipe it over your forehead to remove any residue from your hair products.
Do facial hair removal products cause adult acne?
Sometimes what fixes or controls one problem can lead to another. When you wax, tweeze, use depilatories, or shave the face to remove unwanted facial hair, it can cause acne. All of these hair removal methods can cause the skin to inflame which in turn can send bacteria deeper into the pores. Removing facial hair can not only promote acne, it can cause red, itchy bumps.
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To avoid acne and those red, itchy bumps, cleanse your skin thoroughly before de-fuzzing. Then, apply hydrocortisone cream and let it soak completely into your skin. Next, remove your unwanted hair, and then apply another application of hydrocortisone cream.
Skin products that cause adult acne
All the creams and lotions that we put on our face aren’t supposed to cause problems, but sometimes they can. Changing skin products, overusing skin products, and/or using too many different kinds of skin products can damage your skin and cause acne – even the anti-acne products.
For instance, if you are using a make-up removal cream, astringent, face wash, and a moisturizing cream and all of them are anti-acne, you are essentially tearing up your skin. This is way too many products to be putting on delicate facial skin.
To avoid breakouts caused by skin products, opt to use only one or two skin products. Use them for a month to six weeks. Don’t switch out the products. Give your skin time to adjust to the products you are using and see if you like them before you move along to other products. This can cut down on breakouts caused by too many lotions and creams.
Adult acne caused by travel
Have you ever gone on vacation and before it was over you had a breakout? The reason behind this is the change of environment. Humidity, weather, and even the change in the water you use to cleanse your skin can cause breakouts.
To help avoid acne that is a result of travel, opt to wash your face with bottled water versus the tap water where you are staying. This may not keep your skin from reacting to changes in humidity and weather, but using bottled water will cut down on the likelihood of a breakout caused by element changes in the water.
Sunscreen and adult acne
Everyone should use sunscreen. However, sunscreens may cause acne because it contains chemicals which sit on the surface of the skin. These chemicals work as a shield. They protect your skin from the sun’s rays. Yet, they can also cause more sweating of the skin, clogged pores, and more breakouts. To cut down on breakouts caused by sunscreen, opt for gel formulations and products that contain oxybenzone, octocrylene, methoxycinnamate, and avobenzone as these tend to not clog the pores.
Adult acne help, tips, and advice
In addition to the areas listed, there are other things that you can do to cut down on adult acne breakouts.
Watch what you eat and drink. Eliminate an excess of sugary and fatty food from your diet. You should also opt for water over caffeine. Water keeps the skin hydrated. Overly dry skin can result in acne.
Exercise at least three times a week. Not only can it provide stress relief, toxins in your body will be purged from your system as you sweat.
If you smoke cigarettes, you should stop. Smoking cuts off oxygen flow to all parts of your body, even your skin.
Get adequate rest. All parts of your body need downtime. If you do not get adequate rest, your face is the first place to show it.
If you are doing everything you can and you still can’t get a handle on your adult acne, make an appointment with a physician. Sometimes acne is a result of a medical issue—such as PCOS. Go to the experts and let them help.