Adult acne can be caused by hormonal changes and stress, among other factors, so if you’re dealing with a major outbreak it’s always a good idea to consult a doctor. Sometimes a breakout can be a symptom of an hormonal imbalance (and not just the PMS kind) like Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).
After dealing with adult acne for many years, I’ve found that you need to find a skincare routine that works for you and also use the right products. Here are a few tips:
- Clean skin = clear skin. Cleansing your face morning and night is crucial; depending on how dry or oily your skin is, try an acne wash or a cleansing oil. Don’t go to bed with your makeup.
- Don’t forget the SPF! Many skin treatments used to control acne (especially prescriptions) increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun. When applying sun protection don’t forget your neck.
- Hydration is important. Find a moisturizer that won’t clog pores. Drying out your skin will not prevent breakouts and can leave skin irritated. There are many gel creams that are very light and absorb quickly or you can try a serum.
- Read labels. When it comes to food and skincare, you need to know the ingredients and understand labels. If you’re dealing with adult acne, check whether your foundation, concealer, and blush are non-comedogenic, which means they won´t block pores.
- Don’t over exfoliate. This is a very common mistake. If you exfoliate too much, your skin will be irritated and more prone to breakouts.
Disclosure: this is a post sponsored by Neutrogena but all opinions and tips are my own.