How To Deal With Adult Acne & Scarring
Pimples and inflammation that start in adolescence and linger well into the late twenties is called continuing acne; adult acne that rears its head after years of clear skin is called late-onset. Research has found that low-grade, persistent acne is especially common among women in their twenties to forties. While acne may be nonexistent or dormant for years, certain factors—like stress, hormones, and diet—can eventually cause it to surface.
What exactly is Acne?
When dirt, excess oil, and dead skin cells mingle, they plug the openings of your pores. This allows an army of bacteria living in your sebaceous glands to set up camp, multiply, and create trouble for your skin. Although this pore-clogging process is the same whether you're 13 or 35, adult acne pops up in different places than the teen kind - typically appearing on your jawline, chin and neck.
Studies have traced the cause of acne to one thing: hormonal fluctuations. Whether brought on by lifestyle (stress, diet), PMS, pregnancy, or polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), the result is the same—an increase in cortisol (also known as the stress hormone), which gets broken down into testosterone, a male hormone that pumps excess oil through your pores.
What can You Do?
Eat Right: A healthy and nutritious diet needs to be on top of your priorities list if you want beautiful, hydrated skin. Start including more healthy fats into your diet such as avocados, almonds and walnuts. Also, up your vegetable intake - vegetables are high in fibre, help circulation, support skin's elasticity and give you the antioxidants to kill free radicals in the body which can lead to dull, problematic skin. Our favourite way to get a dose of greens is in a smoothie or juice!
Drink Water: Always keep a bottle of water with you and stay hydrated throughout the day for plump, dewy skin and a clear mind.
Stress Less: Stress can cause various skin issues as it affects your hormones so exercise regularly, go to that yoga class and learn to meditate to stay calm during the busy months.
Take Supplements: Start taking daily fish oil supplements containing omega-3 fatty acids which boost hydration and help keep the brain functioning properly. Magnesium supplements can help regulate sleep - which in turn, helps to regulate your hormones. The mineral also helps maintain normal muscle and nerve function, keep your heart rhythm steady, regulate blood sugar levels, support a healthy immune system, and keep bones strong.
Visit Jasmina Vico: If your skin isn't clearing up by itself, book in for a consultation with a skincare professional. At Jasmina Vico Skin, we will diagnose your skin concerns and discuss your personal skin needs and goals. We will then create a personalised treatment plan that will help you achieve healthy, clear skin.
Use The Correct Products: We recommend using SkinCeuticals Blemish & Age Serum and Cleanser which are the first-to-market acid blends combining 2% dioic acid with an optimal alpha- and beta-hydroxy acid formulation to reduce the formation of acne and clogged pores, while improving the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and uneven skin tone; SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Gel to hydrate and calm, and Beta Gel from Medik8 which is a on-the-spot blemish goal that has been formulated to fight blemishes by penetrating deep into the pores to calm skin inflammation and congestion while also reducing blackheads
What About Scarring?
Although post-inflammatory pigmentation—red spots that linger for months or even years after your pimples go away—is genetic, squeezing and picking can exacerbate the problem so keep your hands away from your face.
Next, turn to topical treatments that can reduce redness and help even skin tone such as a chemical peel and vitamin c treatment. The phrase "chemical peel" sounds scary but it is essentially an accelerated form of exfoliation using safe chemical products to encourage cell renewal revealing a brighter skin. A mild treatment is perfect for a special event, literally giving your skin a fresh start with no down time. Or a more advanced treatment for those wanting to improve superficial pigmentation and reduce fine lines.
Our favourite Vitamin C product is CE Ferulic from Skinceuticals which includes 15% pure vitamin C - this improves signs of ageing and photodamage, the appearance of lines and wrinkles whilst brightening the skin's complexion.