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Adult Acne Management Tips, Products and Tricks for Summer 2011

As National Acne Awareness Month kicks off, there are some statistics, reported by The Wall Street Journal that strike me as interesting: acne is not just a teen and kids problem anymore.

According to the article, dermatologists are seeing more and more 20-40 year old women. It also showed that in a 2008 survey of 1,013 people, 51% of women reported having acne in their 20’s, while 35% had it in their 30’s.

The number of adults getting acne later on in life may be an indicator of the level of stress and fast-paced lifestyles of many. I’m also very much in this camp, and I’ve had zit attacks that have lasted long periods of time, some as long as weeks before they cleared.

What’s worse than the acne are the scars. The pesky, unsightly debris of acne really take a toll on self confidence and self esteem, and many of the solutions to this problem take time to resolve. Here are a few tips, products and tricks to take control of your acne this summer:

1) If you suffer from Hyperpigmentation, consider using a targeted and oil-free solution that addresses this specific issue, like Skinceuticals. This is formulated specifically for acne prone ADULTS. Hence, the anti-aging element to the skincare. The blemish and age defense solution retails for $78.

2) I personally have taken a huge step to minimize my acne by using Proactiv (the Sensitive Skin version). The three-step system works to kill acne-causing bacteria. Many do find this system drying, so we advise you to drink lots of water and moisturize your skin extra religiously.

3) If you have super sensitive skin, consider using Peter Thomas Roth’ Blemish Buffing Beads. It’s extra gentle and infused with soft and gentle jojoba beads. $36 online or at Sephora.com.

4) Don’t over wash your skin since that can leave you more dry than otherwise. Always use a good moisturizer and treat your skin to an intensive quenching moisturizer (we love SK-II) for better protection.

5) Stick to one regimen for more than a few weeks: ideally, you should give a new line at least 28 days for it to show if it works. If you get an allergic reaction, then stop using it immediately and check with your dermatologist.

How are you preventing or curing your adult acne?

– Charu Suri


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  1. No matter what sunscreen I use (with the exception of powdered sunscreens (which I prefer not to use), I get terrible breakouts and clogged pores. It doesn’t matter if it’s a gel, lotion, cream or alcohol-based sunscreen, it equals terrible skin, and if it’s not breakouts it’s irritation, which can then lead to breakouts.

    As such, I have stopped using them daily and my skin is looking better than it has in years!

    I’ve adopted other protective measures like using good antioxidant serums and products containing repair ingredients (like niacinamide), wearing hats, taking an oral supplement (Heliocare) and staying out of the midday sun as much as possible. I also eat a healthy diet with lots of fruit and vegetables, and despite living in Malta, don’t burn. I will wear a sunscreen if I have no chance of escaping the sun, like if I’m spending a day out on the Mediterranean sailing, thus, using them for what they were originally intended, which was to stop sunburn.

    This, also with the blessing of my dermatologist, who’s a top skin cancer expert in the UK and believes (like some others who are now speaking out), that sunscreens aren’t essential for day-to-day use and may be causing more problems than they solve.

    I believe one of the reasons for the increase in skin problems (for women more so but increasingly men too) is that we are using too much and that many of the products we’re encouraged to use (like sunscreens) are one of the major causes of these skin problems.

    It may be a controversial view, but if you look at a timeline showing sunscreen use and skin diseases like acne, the latter increases with the former.

  2. I have tried proactive and PTR Blemish buffing beads and actually go back and forth from each regimine. I also use retin a and argon oil on my off days.

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