Adult Acne: Tips for Battling Blemishes

Staring at yourself in the mirror, you see the pink blemish on your nose. You know what it is. Acne occurs when the skin’s pores become clogged and inflamed. Blemishes, pimples, whiteheads, blackheads–acne isn’t just a teenage problem. Anyone at any age can get acne. What causes it, how can you avoid getting it, and how can you clear it up, if you get acne? Here are the causes of acne and several tips to help you battle an acne problem.

What causes acne? For the most part, acne isn’t caused by too many sweets. It’s more likely caused by high stress levels, hormones, makeup, climatic changes, or genetics. If you’re an adult working woman, chances are your stress levels are sizable and you wear makeup. Makeup that’s oil-based can be the cause of adult acne.

What about your makeup? If you’re experiencing adult acne and you wear oil-based make, consider switching to a non-oil-based makeup and moisturizer–or go natural! Avoid makeup with lanolin and dye that can aggravate your skin. You’ll want to check labels on makeup products for these ingredients.

How important is washing your face? Be sure to wash your face with a mild soap and rinse well, as your best defense against breakouts. Wash your face and rinse with cool water; it lessens inflammation. In addition, be sure your towel and washcloth are clean. Dirty towels harbor bacteria that can make your acne worse. Here’s another tip. Be sure to change your pillowcase once or twice a week. Believe it or not, you can spread bacteria from your pillowcase to your face and visa versa.

Is there a correct way to apply acne medication? You’ll want to apply acne medication to the inflamed area and about a centimeter around the blemish, to keep the acne from spreading. The truth is, acne medication can do little about the blemish that’s on your face, but it can keep a new crop from showing up.

Is more medication better? Be careful not to mix brands, and discontinue using OTC acne medications if your doctor gives you a prescription. More is not better in this case. Also, if you’re using acne medication with benzoyl peroxide, stay out of direct sunlight that can cause reddening.

What happens if you pop a zit? If you can’t keep from popping that zit, at least wash your hands and the area around the acne. One zit can become a dozen as bacteria spreads. It’s best to keep your hands and your hair away from your face. Both carry bacteria that can aggravate acne.

Are there cheap, home remedies for acne? Yes, there are several home remedies for acne. To help reduce the size of a blemish and to keep it from spreading, dab the acne with any of these natural ingredients: rubbing alcohol, sugar, garlic juice, salt, cinnamon, or honey.

The next time you see acne staring back at you in the mirror, have a strategy. Conquer your adult acne by using these tips for battling blemishes.

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