Anyone with adult acne is probably well aware of the
countless solutions being offered out there, from over the counter topical
cleansers, to natural remedies, to prescription drugs. Because we live in a
consumer-culture, we’re often directed to throw products, and money, at our
problems, whatever they may be. With ads and commercials telling us what we
need to do more of, it’s easy to overlook one very important question: what’s
not working for my skin?
Much in the same way that using water to put out a grease fire
will only make things worse, thousands of people looking to treat their acne
end up reaching for the wrong solutions, which can often exacerbate the
problem, leading to prolonged symptoms!
We’ve compiled a short list of reasons that we, as skincare experts,
often witness from people frustrated with their own regimens. If any of these
sound like you, don’t fret! We’ve also got a solution for every misstep that
will hopefully get you rerouted, and on the right track toward clear skin!
- You’re using too many products. This is probably the #1 reason most
people aren’t getting rid of their acne - product overload, and honestly, we
can see why. With hundreds of products marketed to improve symptoms created by
other products, the over the counter skincare game is almost designed to keep
you guessing and spending, but that just doesn’t need to be the case. If you’re
looking to topicals, keep your routine simple, and try one thing at
a time. A cleanser and moisturizer are cornerstone skincare products, so start
there before adding fancy tonics and serums. Consistency is key, so give it a
fair shot before throwing in the towel and moving on to something new.
- You aren’t checking the ingredients. Different people are sensitive
to different foods, climates, and noise levels, and each person’s skin is no
different - it likes what it likes! Just because salicylic acid works for a
friend, doesn’t mean it’s meant for you. This tip can mostly be attributed to
some old fashioned trial and error, but if you notice your skin doing really
well on glycolic acid, stick with it! (just keep in mind, drying agents like
glycolic acid can dry the skin, creating more skin oil which contributes to
more acne). An all-natural honey mask doing the trick for you? Keep it up! Like
the saying goes, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!” Additionally, certain
ingredients are just not intended for most people struggling with acne-prone
skin, so taking an extra minute to ensure that your topical treatments and/or
makeup are made of non-comedogenic, paraben-free, fragrance-free, and (often,
but not always) oil-free will usually make a big difference in the appearance
of your complexion.
- You aren’t doing your research. Pustules, pimples, blackheads,
cysts...not all acne is created equal, so why should we expect one facial wash
to treat everyone’s differing problems the same way? Cleansing and exfoliating
regimens are different for those looking to treat cystic acne compared to
someone looking to rid their skin of blackheads, which is why learning what type of acne you have can go a
long way in properly treating the problem. Reading up on other people’s
experiences can also help save you a lot of time and trouble, and with so many
reviewer-heavy sites out there today, you can help educate yourself before
subjecting your skin to a pricey cleanser or strong chemical treatment. The key
here is to find your tribe. If you look to beauty bloggers or YouTubers for
your skincare and makeup tips, be sure you’re utilizing the experiences of
someone with a similar skin type - what works for someone with a dry complexion
will likely not be the best solution for someone with oily or combination skin.
(Fun fact: Most adults with adult acne have combination skin, so just because
your skin may have been oily or dry in high school, your treatment needs may
not be the same, so adjust accordingly!)
- You’re not taking an approach of prevention. Most people with acne
wait until the problem arises before treating it. Because the cycle of acne,
known as the acne cascade, actually begins internally
weeks before symptoms may appear on the surface of the skin, the only real way
to treat the problem is to target it at its source. Acne is usually caused by a
hormonal imbalance, which triggers the sebaceous glands to produce an excessive
amount of sebum, or skin oil. This excess oil can become clogged within the
pores, leading to breakouts. In order to prevent acne, several approaches can
be applied, including the implementation of an anti-inflammatory diet, and keeping stress
levels as low as possible. Although,
like topical treatments, neither of these things actually work to address the
problem at it’s source. By creating a buffer between the hormones and sebaceous
glands, you need a treatment solution that actually prevents acne from forming
before it starts. AcnEase is actually the
only non-prescription that does this! Best of all, it’s all natural and 100%
safe for everyone, meaning no harmful side effects or sun restrictions, and
different regimens designed to address the severity and type of acne
in your specific case, you’ll be sure to find a solution that’s best for you.
If you’re feeling frustrated with your skincare routine’s
results, it’s ok. You can take a step back, take a deep breath, and take a look
at what has, and hasn’t been working for you, and make adjustments accordingly.
When it comes to implementing change, a positive attitude can make all the
difference, so remember - you deserve clear skin you can be happy with, and you
CAN achieve your goals with a little perspective, and some practical knowledge
of what works for your skin.
What acne treatments have you tried again and again that just
don’t seem to be working for you? Do you know what type of acne you have, and
have you found anything that works for your skin? Tell us in the comments!