Five to tackle adult acne and blem­ishes

There’s an in­creas­ing num­ber of peo­ple di­ag­nosed with adult acne in their for­ties

The Irish Times Magazine - - BEAUTY - LAURA KENNEDY

One evening last week, I got a call from a woman I know a lit­tle, but not well. I was sur­prised to see her name ap­pear on my phone, and sift­ing through the depths of my mind in an at­tempt to fig­ure out who was dead or why she might be call­ing me, I an­swered with dread.

It turned out she just wanted some ad­vice about her skin, but as we talked, it was clear that the sud­den ap­pear­ance of bad break­outs in her for­ties was ma­te­ri­ally af­fect­ing her self- es­teem. In­deed, it was mak­ing her feel bad enough to phone some­one she did not know that well for help, which is a deeply un- Ir­ish, though quite ad­vis­able, course of ac­tion.

Hav­ing ex­pe­ri­enced adult acne through my twen­ties, I sym­pa­thised. This woman is one of an in­creas­ing num­ber of suf­fer­ers be­ing di­ag­nosed with adult acne or bad break­outs in their for­ties. Though only the most se­ri­ous forms of acne per­ma­nently dam­age the skin, the ef­fects of re­cur­rent skin is­sues on well­be­ing and con­fi­dence are not taken se­ri­ously enough. There are over the counter prod­ucts which will as­sist, but if your skin is rob­bing you of com­fort and con­tent­ment, see your GP or, even bet­ter, a der­ma­tol­o­gist. Skin is­sues are only as triv­ial as they feel and you don’t have to be locked in a death match with pu­berty for your feel­ings about your skin to be treated as valid.

If the prob­lem is hor­monal, which is fre­quently the case with acne, of­ten some kind of med­i­ca­tion is needed. Faith­fully try a good skin­care rou­tine first, in­clud­ing dou­ble cleans­ing nightly, good gly­colic and sal­i­cylic acid prod­ucts, and a good oil, but see a pro­fes­sional if skin­care alone is not enough. A tar­geted serum like 1. Cau­dalie Vinop­ure Serum

(¤ 31 at Arnotts), which works on skin of any age, or 2. Sk­inceu­ti­cals Blem­ish + Age De­fense Treat­ment (¤ 90 at sk­inceu­ti­cals. com), which is specif­i­cally de­signed for blem­ish prone skin for those in their thir­ties and older, will help the skin with­out over­load­ing it.

A light treat­ment cream like 3. La Roche Posay

(¤ 18.50 at Boots), which also comes in an SPF- free ver­sion for night, can be lay­ered un­der or over a more sub­stan­tial mois­turiser if your skin needs it. Rich in sal­i­cylic acid which is es­sen­tial for the ef­fec­tive treat­ment of con­ges­tion and break­outs, it is best used just once daily, or it may be slightly dry­ing.

To keep hy­dra­tion lev­els up, a hyaluronic acid serum like 4. Vichy Min­eral 89 Daily Booster (¤ 22 at phar­ma­cies na­tion­wide) is a good idea. Best ap­plied to damp skin, it will help to coun­ter­act taut­ness and de­hy­dra­tion.

To reg­u­late oil pro­duc­tion ( when this be­comes over­ac­tive, break­outs fol­low), use a high qual­ity oil once or twice weekly, or more if your skin en­joys it.

5. RMS Beauty Oil (¤ 85 at Space NK) is noth­ing short of sump­tu­ous; it does not ir­ri­tate or clog the skin, but re­laxes and mois­turises it deeply, telling skin to re­lax and stop over­pro­duc­ing se­bum.

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There are over the counter prod­ucts which will as­sist, but if your skin is rob­bing you of com­fort and con­tent­ment, see your GP or, even bet­ter, a der­ma­tol­o­gist

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