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Adult acne

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Adult acne

Spotty com­plex­ions should be ex­clu­sive to the teenage years, but adult acne is on the rise and it’s frus­trat­ingly hard to treat, es­pe­cially with­out dry­ing and age­ing the skin. We asked Der­ma­log­ica’s Leanne Wind­sor about the causes and how to con­trol it. “Most adult acne seems to be low-grade, per­sis­tent and oily in na­ture,” she says. “The cat­a­lyst is of­ten chronic stress, which throws adrenal glands and hor­mones into over­drive and boosts se­bum-pro­duc­tion. A build-up of dead skin cells, bac­te­ria and in­flam­ma­tion are also con­tribut­ing fac­tors, plus adults of­ten have sen­si­tised skin, which makes treat­ment chal­leng­ing. To ef­fec­tively treat acne you need to fo­cus on in­gre­di­ents like sal­i­cylic acid, tea tree, green tea, hyaluronic acid and niaci­namide. Cleanse skin with an oil-free cleanser twice a day, use a light­weight mois­turiser that won’t clog pores and to treat prob­lem ar­eas, a hy­drat­ing gel that doesn’t sen­si­tise the skin.”

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