Understanding & Managing Adult Acne (With CourtHouse Clinics)

We all expect spots as teenagers (it comes with the territory,) but when we progress into adulthood we assume the benefit of our years sees ugly pustules put behind us. However, adult acne is something that affects many of us and can have such a negative impact that our confidence takes a nose dive.  Suffering from bad skin can have a huge impact on the way we feel about ourselves, our relationships and our futures; it can become the focus of our attention that takes priority over all over body woes. There are so many misconceptions about adult acne, including the fact that only dirty people have bad skin and that grown-ups simply shouldn’t have spots, but there are real reasons that your body reacts in the way that it does. A new (100% free!) acne treatment guide from Courthouse Clinics helps to challenge those misconceptions, re-educate us around the topic of skincare and adult acne, as well as providing some solutions and tips so we’re fully equipped to deal with the issue.

Courthouse Clinics have years of experience dealing with acne and skincare in general, collectively gathering knowledge and expertise to ensure their experts are fully equipped to help. I recently went along to their London branch for a skin consultation, which included a thorough UV examination of the surface of my skin to find out what was going on underneath. Although on the whole my skin is in pretty good condition, I have been suffering from more breakouts and spots in the last three years than I did during my entire teenage years. The key is controlling the sebum production, as well as ensuring dead skin cells are removed from the surface to prevent them blocking pores and causing spots. I undertook the Priori CoffeeBerry Natureceutical Facial Peel, which is made from a potent combination of antioxidants (including plant enzymes and natural sources of salicylic and malic acid.) CoffeeBerry can naturally reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and improve skin tone, as it delicately removes the top layer of skin. The result was an uplifted, plump and glowing skintone, as well as a uniformed texture – something my skin definitely was not benefiting from before my visit.

Our period, anxiety, stress, climate, greasy hair and makeup can all contribute to spots and acne, but there are things you can do to help. If you suffer from breakouts, acne or even the odd spot, then here are some top tips for dealing with it…

1.     Don’t Over Wash: Washing your face more than twice a day can irritate our skin, over-stimulate oil production and dry out sensitive areas of the face. Don’t assume that more cleansing means less spots, because it doesn’t.

2.     Be Delicate: Avoid harsh scrubs that include almond or apricot kernels that can tear and irritate skin. Our face is extremely delicate, so using alcohol-filled toners and cleansers will only cause the skin to start producing more oil to compensate.

3.     No Picking: Fiddling with spots will only cause further inflammation and cause bacteria to be driven into pores, making the situation worse. Keep your hands where we can see them!

4.     Use The Right Makeup: It’s a ‘Catch 22’ situation as we want to conceal imperfections, but covering them often only makes them worse. Ensure you’re using ‘acne friendly’ makeup, which will help to soothe the problem rather than aggravating it.

5.     Clean Your Brushes: Something I repeat over and over, but dirty brushes will only transfer nasty bacteria onto your skin every time you use them. Make it a rule to clean your brushes thoroughly at least once a week.

6.     Take It Off: Removing your makeup before bed is the number one rule (and I don’t mean with a face wipe!) Invest in a cleansing balm or cream that will remove all impurities from the skin, ensuring it can replenish and work to repair itself as you sleep.

7.     Eat Right: Fish oils help to keep skin supple, egg and avocado helps to improve blood circulation and zinc is a natural immune system booster. Eating the right food will help to give your body and skin a fighting chance against those dreaded pimples.

8.     Stop Smoking: We all know it’s bad for us, but smoking is a huge contributing factor to all types of acne. It prevents the cells and circulation from performing effectively, leading to all kinds of skin problems.

9.     Don’t Stress: When we get stressed our body responds by flooding our blood with glucose, which in turn triggers excess oil production. It’s this that can mix with dead skin cells and bacteria to cause spots. Taking time out once a week to re-align may do wonders for more than your mental health.

10.  Visit A Dermatologist: Seeking specialist advice ensures you’re not only using the correct products, but that your routine enables your skin to look its best. An expert will be able to recommend treatments and ongoing care to fundamentally solve the problem.

Although my top ten tips are a great starting point, if you’re suffering from adult acne (or even just a few breakouts,) then make sure you take a peep at the free Acne Treatment Guide; it breaks down myths and helps you bust the spots in a simple and easy to process way.

Do you suffer from annoying spots? Have you any tips to share on how you tackle them?

This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Courthouse Clinics.



  1. Jodie
    January 19, 2014 / 12:04 pm

    I have awful adult acne (I honestly look like a teenage boy) and you've encouraged me to go to a dermatologist. I agree with the right makeup- or at least a good primer. When bad breakouts occur I used to leave off makeup but recently found my skin hurting and getting worse, just using a primer protects my skin so after a few days I can go back to makeup. X

    • Hayley Carr
      January 19, 2014 / 4:25 pm

      I hope you're able to get some great advice from a dermatologist Jodie. Good luck and let me know how you get on – nobody should have to suffer.

  2. Anonymous
    January 19, 2014 / 12:40 pm

    I think this is useful, but it's also important to know that you can do all this and not see any results in acne. For me, mine was entirely hormonal (from too much aldosterone). I didn't wear makeup, cleansed my face once a day and used oil free moisturiser, tried every topical and oral treatment available (apart from roaccutane) but because it was cystic acne, they didn't do anything. Within two months of being on the pill yasmin it started clearing up, and I started spironolactone to further reduce aldosterone and I now have no acne. I also used yasmin to clear up acne when I previously had it, and within three months of stopping I got acne again. This is helpful for people who's acne isn't hormonal but sometimes you can do everything right and still not see results. India xxwww.touchscreensandbeautyqueens.wordpress.com

    • Hayley Carr
      January 19, 2014 / 4:26 pm

      Hi India, thanks for your comments. I agree that there's not always a simple answer, which is why it's always best to visit a dermatologist and get some expert advice too.

  3. Michaela
    January 19, 2014 / 1:03 pm

    Thank you for these tips! I still have terrible skin and I'm 20, by now I'd hope it would go away and I'd grow out of it. I need to work on leaving my face alone and not getting stressed!http://haveyoueverfalleninlove.blogspot.co.uk/

    • Hayley Carr
      January 19, 2014 / 4:27 pm

      Unfortunately acne rarely 'just goes away' so hopefully you can encourage it with these tips! Make sure you read the acne book fully too, as I'm sure it will help.

  4. Andy Millward
    January 19, 2014 / 7:44 pm

    I like how the acne guide mentions Omnilux Blue treatment, thats exactly how we treat acne at Samsara Skin, through a course of Omnilux Blue & Omnilux Revive, plus skin peels. It's a great feeling having cleared someone's acne, who's been on Roaccutane for ages and it hasn't helped them, particularly when they've had bad side effects from it.

  5. Carrie-Anne Power
    January 19, 2014 / 7:47 pm

    I had awful skin and being in my thirties and doing/trying everything I went to a dermatologist and got a 6 month course of roaccutane best thing I ever done gutted I waited so long! May 20s would have been so different!

  6. Aerin Downs
    January 20, 2014 / 9:20 am

    Great post! berrie-blogs.blogspot.com xx

  7. Anonymous
    February 21, 2014 / 3:32 pm

    Great post! I'm lucky in the sense that I don't break out in spots on a regular basis, however, when I do, I get them badly (the huge rudolph reindeer nose spot and all over my forehead 🙁 ). I've found quinoderm (5% BP) gets rid of them super quickly and you can buy it over the counter at most pharmacies and it's under £5! The other one I use is Origins' Super Spot remover does the trick over a period of time.I've also found drinking LOTs and lots of water really does help with acne.

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