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.