6 Steps That Will Clear Your Adult Acne
I've been getting lots of compliments on my skin lately and it makes my heart so happy! For me, clear skin equals ultimate confidence (and I'm sure it's the same for you). The skincare steps that I took back in high school no longer work for my skin now and I think that is so important for us to realize as we buy and try products for our adult acne. That said, this post is dedicated to the 6 steps that will clear your adult acne. All of these steps combined may not work for you, but I can guarantee one will (hint, hint! It has to do with drinking more water 😉). Thanks for reading and feel free to email me any questions you have - Jessika
1. Replace Your Facial Cleanser.
It didn't dawn on me until recently that the cleanser I used in my teenage years no longer works on my adult acne. After watching this video, I decided to ditch my old cleanser and picked up this Time Release Acne Cleanser from Murad. I like this cleanser because it's anti-aging and the acne treatment stays active after rinsing. Unlike cleanser with a high percentage of salicyclic acid or benzoyl peroxide, this one has the right amount to help treat adult acne but not make it so dry to the point that it's flaking off.
2. Wear Makeup Everyday? Practice Double Cleansing.
If you wear makeup everyday and think your makeup wipe is getting the job done, you might want to reconsider and try double cleansing. The acne on my cheeks reduced significantly since adding this step to my daily skincare routine.
To remove my makeup, I use this oil-based Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm from Clinique (side note: I also want to try this new one by It Cosmetics). Then, I use a makeup wipe to remove any remaining residue. Lastly I use my cleanser to treat my acne.
3. Exfoliate Your Skin ... But Not Too Much
I'm sure you all are amazing at exfoliating, but do you do it too much? I've learned that exfoliating too much can be abrasive and tear the top layers of skin causing it to be sensitive. Instead, stick to exfoliating a 2-3 times a week (I do it every Wednesday and Saturday). The two exfoliators that i've been loving on for a while now are the Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser and the Skin Inc. Pure Revival Peel.
4. Use a Toner to Re-Balance Your Skin's pH Levels
Our skin goes through a lot of wear and tear throughout the day and I truly believe that a toner can help re-balance your skin's pH levels (especially if you have oily skin). For the most part, all toners do the same thing; but you need to find the right toner for your skin.
My skin flares up the most when i'm stressed or when my hormones are out of sync which is why Neutrogena's Acne Stress Control Toner works best for me. A toner is not necessary, but it is helpful especially when you're are first working on clearing your adult acne.
5. Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate!
Drinking lots of water (not juice, soda, etc.) is so important if you want clear skin. When I say a lot, I mean go the extra mile with it especially if you know you aren't hydrating enough. Bored with just water? Add mint, lemon, and other fruits to make things interesting and yummy.
6. Try a Food Detox
Have you ever wondered if something you're eating is causing you to break out? This time last year I tried the paleo diet. Although it was hard, there were so many benefits like a healthier digestive system and clearer skin. The trigger? DAIRY. That's not to say that I cut out dairy for good (I love ice cream way too much to do that) but I eat it in moderation.
If you feel like certain foods could be the culprit of your adult acne, speak with your doctor for guidance.
What steps have you taken to clear your adult acne? Share with us in the comments down below.