If there is one thing most of us can agree on; it’s how much we hate our acne! It doesn’t matter whether we are in our 20s or 40s, acne is just something we loathe but nonetheless have to deal with. If you struggle with the occasional bout of acne or with something a little more severe just know that you are not alone. Also please remember that when it comes to treatment options, it is not a one size fits all situation. Our skin keeps on changing with age and with how it deals with external factors. Get to know the skin you’re in and check out our guideline below offering the best courses of action to take when in your 20s or 40s.
Acne In Your 20s:
There are many factors that can affect your skin in your 20s which might cause acne and breakouts. Your food for starters, and we don’t just mean your tendency to have the occasional junk fest, some people should watch out for dairy as well. Your skincare routine could also be a culprit, as well as your hormones. The below routine is the most effective way you can protect your skin against an angry bout of acne and of course always consult with a specialist.
1 || Gentle Cleansers
Your cleanser should not strip your skin of its natural oils; as much as you would be tempted to dry out your skin. Over drying your skin causes flaking and irritation and this will worsen any existing acne, while your skin’s natural oils keep it supple and healthy.
2 || Chemical Exfoliation
This part is easy as we cannot stop hailing the merits of chemical exfoliants. Salicylic, glycolic, AHAs, and BHAs will help you unclog pores and will deeply cleanse your skin.
3 || Spot Treat
Be smart in choosing your targeted treatments. Invest in pimple patches and sulfur dips that will relieve congestion from your pimples without drying out your skin.
4 || Anti-aging
You read that part right. Now’s the time to get serious about anti-aging. Acne scarring is the worst and you wouldn’t want it to develop into a serious case of pigmentation. Start using the right ingredients to restore and protect your skin such as vitamin C and SPF.
Acne In Your 40s:
You would think that on top of everything you have to deal with skin-wise, acne should be the last thing to worry about at this age right? Well, not exactly! Our changing hormones, the levels of stress we endure and our possibly poor food choices can all contribute to adult acne. Read below for the solutions:
1 || Use Oil-Free Cleansers
This is just to skip on using any unnecessary ingredients that might potentially clog your pores and cause breakouts.
2 || Moisturise
Invest in your nighttime products. Since skin loses most of its moisture during sleep, aim to use hydrating masks or ceramide-rich lotions, hyaluronic acid is also a must to retain moisture while niacinamides calm the skin.
3 || Exfoliate
Use double cleansers or creams with acids to exfoliate. In your 40s, Lactic acid should become your friend; it exfoliates gently while moisturising your skin. It is also known to stimulate collagen production while protecting the skin’s water content keeping your skin supple.
4 || Time For A Retinoid
In your 40s collagen production slows down drastically causing sagging and if combined with adult acne .. well ..It’s probably time for a retinoid. Retinoids’ benefits are countless; they clear pimples, blackheads and unclog pores, while working on improving the skin’s overall texture and condition. Trust us when we say you need them in your life.