The truth about adult acne

Breakouts. We’ve all had them as teenagers, and often feel that by the time we reach our 20’s, we’ve done our time suffering and have earned clear, blemish free skin. However for many people, adult acne is a real issue that might flare up even if you never suffered with it as a teenager.

Acne is caused by fluctuations in a person’s hormone levels that result in overproduction of oil in the skin. The excess oil combines with dead skin cells and blocks hair follicles on the face, creating a plug known as a comedone.

Closed comedones appear white, while open comedones oxidise when in contact with the air and appear black (known as ‘blackheads’).

How can I treat adult acne?

To properly treat adult acne, it’s important to take a 360 degree look at your diet and lifestyle as well as making sure you have the best skin care products and treatments to effectively treat your skin.

Lifestyle factors such a stress (which affects the activity of your hormones) and exposure to pollution (which can clog pores) can exacerbate the development of acne. A high GI (high sugar) diet has also been associated with acne, and some studies suggest dairy consumption could play a role.

You should also avoid oil-based cosmetics which could clog the pores further – look out for non-comedogenic formulas.

Acne always seems to appear at the most inconvenient of times. Acne always seems to appear at the most inconvenient of times.

What products are suitable for people with adult acne?

Ultraceutical’s Ultra Clear Range is a lightweight formula that works to defend against acne by targeting it at each of the four stages in the development cycle. It does this by actively addressing excess sebum production, as well as exfoliating clogged pores.

Our Ultra Clear Range contains Mandelic and Salicylic Acid plus Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA) that to help unclog pores and has anti-irritant and anti-bacterial benefits. We also use Clove Oil in the formulas for its antioxidant properties.

The acne development cycle is 3 months – so to get the best results you have to be committed. A great first step on the road to treating your acne is to book a skin consultation to allow a qualified skin therapist to thoroughly examine your skin and decide on an action plan.

Watch Tracey Beeby, our Global Training Director, explain more about the causes of acne and how to treat it.