OUT, DAMNED SPOT

Adult acne can be tough – but not im­pos­si­ble – to treat

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We of­ten out­grow teenage acne, but many adults deal with com­plex­ion com­pli­ca­tions well be­yond their high school years. “Adult acne is tougher to treat be­cause there could be more than one cause, whether it’s gut is­sues, food al­ler­gies, or hor­monal im­bal­ance – the lat­ter of which will take months to reg­u­late and get back to a healthy state,” ex­plains Al­lies of Skin founder Ni­co­las Travis.

Hor­monal acne usu­ally first presents as clogged pores, then cys­tic blem­ishes on the chin and lower half of the face. Be strate­gic with your treat­ments be­cause what worked as a teen – dry­ing out over-ac­tive skin and spots – causes more is­sues for adult skin.

“Healthy skin is bal­anced so fo­cus on re­build­ing the skin bar­rier and re­duc­ing in­flam­ma­tion,” ad­vises Travis. “A good reg­i­men in­cludes a treat­ment serum, bar­rier-re­cov­ery mois­turiser, a weekly clay mask and peel, and in­gre­di­ents like niaci­namide, retinol, rose­hip oil, manuka honey, hyaluronic acid and al­pha hy­droxy and sal­i­cylic acid.”

Pro­fes­sional LED light treat­ment, chang­ing pil­low­cases weekly, pro­bi­otics and fish oil sup­ple­ments are also use­ful, as is a no-pick­ing pol­icy. “Our skin’s abil­ity to pro­duce healthy col­la­gen de­creases as we age, so acne spots can leave scars be­hind,” warns Travis. “En­sure hands are clean be­fore touch­ing your face, and wear SPF to pre­vent col­la­gen break­down.”

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