It’s the age of grace! That’s when you are dealing with mature skin.. A dilemma that many suffer from is my subject matter today..
I will be discussing a major concern that many women out there worry about and find plain confusing. How to deal when you are above 30 and required to start using anti-aging skincare products, while simultaneously you are someone who suffers from adult acne breaking out and clogged pores? Let’s put an end to this confusion once and for all!
How can you use drying products that will both banish your acne problems, while leaving you with dry and flaky skin which literally worsens the signs of skin aging by resulting in wrinkles and fine lines?
On the other hand, if you use products to ward off signs of aging, especially if they’re creamy or thick, the breakouts and clogged pores will likely get worse.
In General, What Does Your Skin Need?
Acne breakouts and wrinkles aside, you naturally need to focus on two key concepts. Exfoliation and hydration. By exfoliating your skin (using both chemical and physical exfoliators), you will be unclogging pores underneath the dry skin cell buildup while also helping to stimulate new, healthy, and fresher skin cells. To hydrate, you need to use lightweight, non-pore-clogging products to plump up the skin cells, giving your skin a smoother, softer appearance.
I hear you.. How to deal?
The fundamental answer to this dilemma is to use a mix of anti-acne products (that won’t make wrinkles worse) and anti-aging products (that won’t make acne worse). Good news is, with a little bit of research, I found out that such products do exist!
If you are a candidate for this case, you should be on the look out for the following;
#1 Anti-acne products formulated to be gentle, non-drying, and skin softening, yet still highly effective against acne. The best place to start for adult acne is a leave-on, skin-calming exfoliant that contains salicylic acid (BHA). The other anti-acne product you need is one that contains 2.5% benzoyl peroxide, as this works with the salicylic acid to keep acne in check.
#2 Anti-aging products you use must have fluid, lightweight textures without any pore-clogging ingredients. For your anti-aging needs, you need to use the lightest formulas that are loaded with ingredients that help normalize and rejuvenate your skin so it’s ultra-smooth and radiant. These remarkable types of ingredients don’t have to have a cream or even a lotion texture; they can have a gel or fluid texture that hydrates but doesn’t clog pores.
Let’s Talk Ingredients…
Another reason to make you an expert at reading your beauty labels are the ingredients you should be digging for or avoid to solve your dilemma..
Ingredient To Look For…
#1 Hyaluronic Acid – This holds water in dehydrated and thirsty skin cells, leaving the skin feeling soft and moist.
#2 Glycolic Acid – This ingredient smoothes the skin, wipes out dead skin cells and fades post-breakout marks.
#3 Oxidized Polyethylene – These are the synthetically made particles found in facial scrubs that “roll” across the skin.
#4 Niacinamide and retinol – These minimize pores and improve the look of skin tone, loss of firmness, and wrinkles.
As For Ingredient To Avoid…
#1 Mineral Oil and Petrolatum – These can clog pores.
#2 Sodium or Ammonium Laureth Sulfate – Found in gel and foaming cleansers, these ingredients encourage dry skin cell buildup.
#3 Apricot Kernels or Seed/Shell Powders – Natural particles found in facial scrubs, these can scratch and irritate the skin, causing bacteria to spread.
General Skin Tips To Maximize Your Benefits
#1 Avoid dairy products
Many people have heard that greasy foods and chocolate cause breakouts. We don’t find that to be true. When breakouts are cyst-like in the chin and jaw area, most often this is related to excessive ice cream, yogurt, milk, and cheese. Try cutting back on dairy products, and watch your skin clear up!
#2 Don’t pick at your skin
The life of a breakout is just 3-5 days but, when you pick at a blemish, the red mark can linger there for 1-2 months! Forcing bacteria deeper into the skin results in scarring and further breakouts. A better solution for problem skin is a regular facial schedule, where your pores can be cleaned professionally.
#3 Avoid using toners that contain SD Alcohol 40
Often, people feel the need to dry out their skin when breakouts occur. Trying to dry skin prone to breakouts can backfire, as stripped cell buildup traps oil and leads to more breakouts. Toners without alcohol, on the other hand, are crucial for keeping the skin healthy and hydrated.