We used to think of acne as a teenage blight that would ebb as we stepped into adulthood. We now know it rarely happens that way.

It is a misconception that breakouts only occur during adolescence. Moreover, the number of women seeking treatment from dermatologists for skin issues is on the rise.


According to the researcher, the culprit is stress. Elevated stress levels and the subsequent increase in cortisol can upset the equilibrium of female hormones and trigger unsightly breakouts. Compounded by career aspirations, familial obligations, and societal pressures to conform to certain beauty standards, stress-induced hormone imbalances can be particularly problematic for women.

Despite the everyday pressures, there are many things you can do to prevent breakouts without consulting a dermatologist. The good news is that by taking these preventive measures, you can avoid breakouts from happening.

Many people suffer from what I call drugstore acne-acne caused by using the wrong product for your skin. You need to find what works best for you and then stick to that product. In some cases though, acne isn’t curable.

If you tend to experience breakouts, it is important to maintain your prevention and treatment routine even after your complexion has cleared up. Otherwise, the acne is likely to return within a month.


First line of defense

Teen and adult breakouts ultimately occur the same way: oil gets trapped in pores plugged with dead skin cells and P. Acnes bacteria on the skin’s surface causing inflammation.

Adult acne affects a different type of skin (thinner, drier) so it needs to be treated with milder formulations and gentler cleansing methods.

Adults are more likely to suffer from inflammatory surface pimples and cyst-like blemishes that crop up around the jawline, hairline, and neck area. This type of acne is mostly caused by fluctuation hormone levels, which stimulate the oil glands at those sites.

Treating your acne, to some extent, is a lesson in self-restraint. The last thing you should do is to scrub the face with harsh abrasives and use strong cleansers in an attempt to dry the skin’s oils. Since adult skin can be both pimples and dry in patches, you could end up with both pimples and red flaky skin. As a result of the increase in adult acne, most companies have now launched products that use oil-normalizing plant and fruit derivatives which control sebum without drying adult skin.

These gentler cleansers with fruit acids work as well as Retin-A does to exfoliate and unplug pores without irritating sensitive skins. Gentler does not mean an ineffective-studies show that gentler solutions can work as well as the higher gently disinfect the treated pores.

Then use an oil-absorbing mask. I personally suggest you apply a face mask every day, as it helps to heal the skin faster and prevent new pimples. People with delicate, thin, and fair skin, or with skin that is affected by acne rosacea (marked by broken capillaries), should forgo long steaming sessions because they will cause blood capillaries to dilate further.

Skin fixers for acne

  • Don’t try to scrub away acne. It causes flare-ups.
  • Don’t use the sun as a cure for acne. Although it may suppress acne temporarily, it speeds up cell turnover and clogs pores, causing the skin to erupt.
  • Be careful of what touches your face. Pressing your chin against the phone, resting your hand on your cheeks, or touching your face frequently can trigger acne.
  • Don’t use too many ingredients at one time.
  • If you are prone to use heavy sunscreen, rich moisturizer, and makeup all at one time, the combination will plug the pores.
  • Disguise a badly inflamed pimple with eye redness reliever drops. Apply a Q-tip, then hold on to the pimple for fifteen or twenty seconds.
  • Mix fast-acting yeast powder with enough tea tree oil to make a paste. Spread over the pimples to work on overnight. Yeast causes the pimple to rise while the tea tree oil attacks it. It should disappear by morning.
  • If the zit still persists, splash warm saltwater on it for three to four minutes. It will dissolve the crust and let the pimple ooze itself out.

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