Having adult acne means some products you use will be different from those used by someone with teenage acne. Overall though, the basics are the same. You need to clean your face properly and help to replace the moisture lost in the cleansing process. You also need to protect your skin. Let’s look at the adult acne cleansing process in more detail.
Choose a Gentle Cleanser
I used to try out loads of different cleansing products on my acne prone skin. Face washes weren’t for me because they were messy and seemed to be targeted towards younger skin. Some cleansers simply made my skin irritated and red because they were too harsh.
You want to find a gentle enough cleanser that won’t irritate your acne-prone skin. Pick one that isn’t bundled in with an exfoliator because skin with spots doesn’t need exfoliating twice a day! Again, you will just end up annoying your skin and causing more breakouts.
You might not even want to buy a cleanser that is made especially for acne because a cleanser’s job is to thoroughly clean the skin. And only well cleaned skin can absorb anti-acne products properly.
If you use face wipes or cotton pads in your cleansing routine, try to be as gentle as possible without dragging the skin. One other problem we want to avoid is premature aging!
As a general rule, try to avoid just cleansing with soap as it isn’t very effective (especially for removing makeup) and leaves a soapy residue on your face which allows acne bacteria to breed underneath.
Exfoliate 2-3 Times a Week
Although you don’t want to exfoliate every day, please don’t neglect it completely because it goes a long way to unclog pores and slough off dead skin cells. This is an important process for beating adult acne because blocked pores means whiteheads and maybe even cysts.
Aim to exfoliate 2-3 times spread out across the week. This way, you will get those pores cleaned out often enough to help banish acne bacteria, but not too often where your skin would end up irritated and even producing more oil to make up for the loss of oil during the exfoliation process.
You don’t want your skin to dry out. If it gets too dry, it is going to lead to irritation and inflammation, both of which are not good for acne.
Back in the day acne treatments were all made based on the theory of drying out the skin as people often saw an improvement albeit temporary. Nowadays dermatologists have realized that this is not the way to go to clear up acne and spots for good.
No, instead you must take care of your skin by moisturizing to replenish lost moisture from the cleansing process. As well as drinking plenty of water, this is one of the few ways of getting your skin hydrated so it can face tackling acne breakouts.
Make sure you choose wisely when looking for a moisturizer, just like with your cleanser. Choose one that is meant for your skin type, whether you have dry, oily, or combination skin.
Apply Sunscreen Every Day
I’d give this advice to everyone, especially for people who live in sunny climates. But I would particularly advise someone with adult acne to apply sunscreen every day because there is evidence to suggest that the suns rays cause those brown/red marks we often call “acne scars” after acne fades.
Buying an All In One Acne Cleansing Kit
Clear Pores is absolutely my number 1 recommended kit for adult acne. It is more sophisticated than cheaper but ineffective anti-acne products, as it works from the inside out.
You get everything from a herbal pill for tackling factors and processes inside your body that contribute to spots, to a cleansing face wash that not only removes every trace of makeup. It also unclogs pores and treats active acne.