If you are of a more “mature” age and still getting acne and wondering what you are doing wrong -then keep reading. Unfortunately, we still can get acne as adults and can even have more acne as an adult than we did as a teen. Our hormones can play havoc with our skin.
Dr. Wright’s Tip
Nearly 17 million people in the United States have acne, making it a very common problem! Although the exact cause of acne is unknown, we do know what factors can make it worse. Environment irritants (pollution and cosmetics), friction (leaning on the skin and hard scrubbing) and squeezing and picking the blemishes will all aggravate the problem. Cosmetics, because of their chemical compounds, are directly related to acne. Acne cosmetica can usually be recognized by small bumps and whiteheads on the chin, cheeks and forehead. It is important to avoid products with stearic acid, D and C dyes, myristate, lanolin and strong fragrances. However, mineral makeup does not create oil problems and is actually good for your skin! Mineral makeup contains zinc and titanium dioxide. Zinc alone will boost the immune system and balance your skin, while the combination of elements provides a water resistant UVA and UVB SPF protection. Here at SKIN MD and Beyond we have our PREVIA COSMETIC LINE which has mineral makeup that does not contain talc, parabens or D and C dyes.
It is easy to take care of normal skin, but acne prone skin needs special handling. So before you try covering up your acne, make sure that you wash twice a day and after heavy exercise, with clean hands and a mild cleanser. Oil-free cleansers with Benzoyl Peroxide (antiseptic agent) can reduce surface skin bacteria and oil production and my DUAL BP SCRUB can be very helpful in clearing mild to moderate acne. Astringents are not recommended unless the skin is very oily. An oily T-zone can be wiped with a moist alcohol or glycolic/ salicylic based astringent at least every other night. Finish your regime with cold water (it will help shrink the pores) and gently pat the skin dry. Remember that it can take up to 6 weeks to see improvement. However, if your acne is not improving or if you experience skin irritation from your products it may be time to call us for an appointment.