Unfortunately acne doesn’t always end in your teens. Many adults also suffer from either occasional or regular breakouts, but dealing with those frustrating blemishes doesn’t need to be daunting. The right products and skin care routine can help keep skin clear and healthy.
Be gentle with your skin
The first step toward a calm, clear complexion is treating your skin right, which means being gentle. It might be tempting to use harsh products and scrubs in an attempt to speed up the blemish-busting process, but that’s just going to make your acne worse. Avoid grainy scrubs, which can irritate your skin, and be gentle when you wash your face. Your skin will thank you for it.
Don’t dry out your skin
Many people with acne think they shouldn’t moisturize the skin, but allowing your skin to dry out can actually work against your quest for a clear complexion. When your skin is stripped of its natural oils (which some acne products can do), it can overcompensate by producing more pore-clogging oil. Don’t make the mistake of skipping moisturizer with the hope that this will help your skin. Trust us, it won’t. Keep skin balanced and hydrated with an oil-free moisturizer.
Use the right products
When it comes to acne-prone skin, choosing the right products (those that help your skin rather than make it worse) is a must. First off, look for targeted ingredients in your cleansers and treatments that work to unclog pores and clear existing blemishes, like salicylic acid. Next, make sure all the skin care and beauty products you buy — from sunscreen to moisturizer to foundation — are non-comedogenic (meaning they won’t clog pores) and/or non-acnegenic (meaning they won’t cause or worsen acne).
Avoid product overload
Overloading your skin with products in an attempt to mask your acne can often make the problem worse. The more foundation and powder you pile on, the more likely you are to end up with clogged pores or irritated skin. Look for products that cover and heal at the same time. We like the new Aveeno Clear Complexion BB Cream, which conceals current breakouts, helps fade the marks from past breakouts, brightens and evens your complexion and won’t clog pores.
What do you do to keep your skin clear and acne-free?