What are skincare tips for people with adult acne?

This is the basic advice that I find myself repeating over and over to adults who are dealing with acne for the first time.
  • Use a headband to smooth back your hair when you’re washing your face, so that you can see and wash every inch.
  • Apply spot acne treatments to fresh clean skin, not after you put on your makeup!
  • Wait a minute or two for a pimple cream to be absorbed before putting anything else on your face. If it takes any longer, you’ve used too much.
  • Don’t mix benzoyl peroxide (BP) and moisturizer—you’ll dilute the BP to the point of uselessness.
  • Wash your makeup brushes; suds them with shampoo, rinse, and hang with the bristles pointing down to air dry.
  • If you’re using Retin-A or other retinoid treatments, don’t bother using them when you need to use benzoyl peroxide. It seems to cancel out retinoids’ benefits.

From The Mind-Beauty Connection: 9 Days to Less Stress, Gorgeous Skin, and a Whole New You by Amy Wechsler.

Elizabeth TenHouten
Health Education
Adult acne can be hormonal, just the same as it is for teenagers' skin. However, as an adult, you do not have the typical oily skin that teenagers suffer from. So, it is best to treat your adult acne with gentle exfoliation and less intensively drying products.
Adult Acne Tips:
  • Use a gentle, non-drying facial cleanser: You can even make your own at home with lavender oil, which is healing for acne-prone skin.
  • Use a gentle exfoliator bi-weekly: Try to find a product that is not too "grainy" of a texture. Smaller granules are best for a gentler exfoliation.
  • Incorporate a pore-cleansing mask once a week: You can make your own with equal parts bentonite clay and apple cider vinegar. Just mix into a smooth paste and apply a thin layer for 10 minutes and rinse with cool water to seal your pores. Apple cider vinegar is rich in vitamin A, which fights acne.

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