LET’S BE CLEAR August 01, 2017 17:31
Pimples, breakouts and wrinkles... oh my!
Yes, adult acne is so unfair, but standby – help is at hand
If you’re well past your teens and still have acne – you’re not alone. It’s somewhat expected to have a pimply face when you’re still in school but when you’re a respectable grown-up with responsibilities, it can be much more difficult to accept. What makes matters worse is that you’ll often be seeing pimples and wrinkles together – which surely must be a cruel joke on the part of the universe.
Pimples are caused when the oil-producing glands that keep our skin healthy start working overtime and are often a symptom of something else happening in the body. Factors such as stress, hormones and diet can all play a part. Trouble is, everyone is different, so curing one person’s acne problems won’t necessary cure yours.
We sought advice from the professionals to find the best way to battle breakouts.
Visit a professional: It sounds so simple but a lot of people avoid going to a dermatologist mostly due to two factors – time and money. Trust us, a visit will be worth it. A qualified professional will usually first take you through a consultation and will ask you a whole bunch of questions. Because a lot of adult acne is hormonal you’ll likely be asked whether you’re on the pill and whether you have polycystic ovaries as these will both affect your hormones and therefore your skin.
Change your skincare regime: As we age our skin produces fewer nutrients, leading to dehydrated skin. And it’s this issue that can create a hardened skin surface, which can cause blockages and acne. Generally most people believe acne is due to an excess of oil in the skin and treat it by using agents that strip and dry the skin, rather than providing the skin with the extra nutrition it needs. Oil can be a contributing factor, but more so in teenage acne. For best results you need to provide the skin with topical nutrition using appropriate serums like vitamin A, C and antioxidants.
For Vitamin A: Osmosis Calm Serum, $141: This one will work to calm redness, restore the protective barrier, rebuild thinned dermis, normalise oil, clear acne, and hydrate.
Internally: Osmosis Harmonized H20 Anti-T Water, $66: This one is a bit different from your traditional beauty products because you spray five pumps onto your tongue twice a day. The theory is that the harmonised water communicates with cells that are imbalanced in an effort to restore them. It works well for ovarian concerns, which are often linked to acne.
The Ultraceuticals Ultra Clear Range, designed specifically for acne and problematic skin, containing salicylic acid, mandelic acid, clove oil, and niacinamide, the range works to control sebum and reduce irritation while assisting cellular turnover with skin refining and antimicrobial effects
Peels: Light to medium peels are a great way to help clear the skin of acne. The type of peel you get will depend on your acne issues; however, one consistent part of a peel for acne is vitamin A. It feeds the skin with the nutrition it needs. The main objective of a peel is to optimise skin cell health, which will help to regulate oil and hydration, giving skin the ability to ‘clear’ itself. The best part? These peels are not too harsh so you can be in and out in your lunch break.
Ultraceuticals Vita-CLEAR Workout deep cleansing treatment incorporates BHA and potent antioxidants to penetrate deep into the pores to clear congestion. Works to calm inflamed skin, help control excessive oiliness, mattify the complexion and minimise future skin breakouts
Light therapy: Omnilux LED light treatments use UV-free light to reduce inflammation and improve healing in the skin –perfect for women with acne. The lights are either blue or red and work differently depending on your type of acne. The blue light helps your body recognise and destroy the acne-causing bacteria, while the infra-red light works to reduce inflammation.
Try: Omnilux, $125, for each treatment.