How to treat Adult Acne By Clare O’Hanlon, Business Development Manager

What is adult acne?

Acne breakouts don’t just stop after your teenage years. Many women and men experience spots on different areas of the face at different times in their lives. Adult acne also comes in different forms of papules, pustules, cysts and blackheads and there are different grades of acne depending on their severity. There are so many reasons why adults get spots but generally it is from a clogged pores and a certain bacteria called Propionibacterium.  These two along with hormones, diet, stress and hygiene are to blame.

Other reasons for Acne

There may be other underlining reasons why you have acne. Alcohol and processed foods cause havoc on the skin and contribute to excess oil called sebum, dehydration and a grey look to the skin. This area seems to get particularly congested when one has a bad diet. Acne between the eyebrows, chin and upper lip can also be caused from tweezing or threading, the pores are prone to bacteria entering them. Touching the skin will definitely not help the situation and layering concealer is just a vicious circle. The Chinese believe that any skin problems on the face relate to the organs in our body, so breakouts around the chin area usually relate to a hormonal problem. Hair fringes are also a culprit as filth and bacteria accumulation from dirty/oily hair which rubs off the skin.

Best ways to treat acne

Overall good health is a must- Sleep 8-10 hours, avoid sun exposure, drink plenty of water, avoid using skincare products with excess perfume, oil and paraffin , book a facial every month and use products containing Canadian Willowherb, this amazing ingredient will inhibit the action of Propionibacterium Acnes, responsible for 99% of acne cases. It’s also so important to not over cleanse the skin as the body will naturally want to produce more oil. Exfoliating with a scrub isn’t recommended either as you will just be spreading the infection especially if there is a white head on it. Leave on masks are more suitable or using Salicylic Acid and Retinol products which also help with the scarring.  Using oil free products is also a must because acne/oily skin go hand in hand and we definitely don’t want excess oil causing even more congestion. Checkout Juliette Armand’s Acne range here

Check out your diet

Avoid snacking on sugar based foods or dairy, avoid alcohol and smoking. Keep a food diary as it could be specific foods that are causing the breakouts, in women as our bodies change through puberty and menopause our hormones can react with the hormones in our food.  We know a person with really bad adult acne that found out it was the hormones in chicken that was making her skin worse.  With good skincare and cutting chicken out of her diet her skin is the best it’s ever looked.

Other treatments to try

As mentioned earlier Salicylic Acid is fantastic for acne skin, the maximum percentage available over the counter is 3% but there is a Juliette Armand professional treatment which has a 30% Salicylic Acid Peel, having one if these for 6 weeks gives amazing results (and they only take 20 minutes so can be done in a lunch break!). Find your nearest salon here.

There are also light therapy acne treatments available in salons and clinics. Light therapy refers to non-laser sources of lights. LED light or Infrared light is widely used to clear acne using a blue light or red light. This is a painless procedure with minimum downtime using lights to clear up the skin. Even though the blue light doesn’t go as deeply as the red light, the blue light is excellent for killing off the bacteria causing acne and killing bacteria stops inflammation. The immune system stops producing inflammatory chemicals to kill bacteria are already dead. Blue light has an immediate effect on pimples and a long term effect on blackheads and milia (white heads).Red light is also used because it travels further into the skin and reduce the sebaceous glass resulting in less oil production. For best results we use blue and red lights when treating acne Treatments in salon are usually spaced out weekly sessions and you will expect to wear protective glasses during the procedure.

LED light treatment can also be mixed with micro-needling to help repair the damage from passed breakout and scares