Over 40 and Still Getting Acne?

Posted by Judy Cheung-Wood on

Here’re some interesting facts about adult acne to help understand why you have it and how to treat it!

1. Acne Begins With Blocked Pores, aka "Blackheads"

Acne is essentially blocked pores that have become infected and most pimples actually begin with blackheads.

Many believe that blackheads are the result of trapped dirt and grime in the skin. Which isn’t true! They're the result of oil and dead cells getting trapped in a pore, where they block the duct and mix with bacteria.

When exposed to air the clogged pores turn black. Red pimples develop when blackheads become inflamed.

Tip: Keep up a gentle cleansing regime to reduce blackheads developing. We recommend our SkinB5™ Acne Control Cleansing Mousse as a gentle skin cleanser.

2. Blame It On Your Hormones

Hormones are responsible for your sebum (oil) production/regulation. If you’re experiencing increased emotional stress in your everyday life, this can affect your hormone balance and therefore exacerbate your adult acne.

Tip: Integrate sport and relaxation techniques into your week to help release some of that tension.

3. Adult Acne Is Not The Same As Teen Acne

When we’re young, our skin is tougher and thicker. As you age your skin thins out and weakens whilst your pores become larger and more prone to collecting dead skin cells and bacteria. Adult skin is a lot dryer too, which overall creates the perfect environment for acne to thrive!

Tip: Try a softer, more sensitive cleanser and use it daily. Also, moisturise habitually to help fight against your naturally drier skin.

4. Over-exfoliating Skin Is Bad!

Many acne sufferers think the more products they use, the better their skin will get. This is not the case and can lead to inflamed and acne-prone skin (especially when over-exfoliating).

Tip: Stay away from harsh facial scrubs.

5. Yes, You Can Still Wear Makeup if You Have Acne…

If you suffer from breakouts you may worry that you cannot wear make-up, for fear that your pores will become clogged. As long as you are choosing the right makeup for your skin!

Tip: Choose natural-based makeup and always ensure you remove makeup, cleanse and moisturise every night effectively.


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