How to Treat Adult Female Acne
Hormonal teen acne is bad enough, but what if you are in your 20's, 30's or even 40's, and that acne hasn't cleared up? If you've tried every OTC product under the sun and still nothing works, maybe this article can help.
- Find a dermatologist. He/She can give you antibiotics and/or topical creams to treat acne, if necessary.
- Find a certified aesthetician (internet is a good resource). He/She can give you facials based on your skin type, along with home care routines and other advice.
- Find good products for your skin. If you have sensitive skin, lean more towards sensitive skin products (obviously) or even organic/natural products. The harsh chemicals in some standard acne products can worsen the irritation. If you are blessed with skin that doesn't irritate easily, you can even try something like Clean and Clear, or Proactive.
- Monitor your diet. Though no definite connections have been made between food/drink and acne, some people find that eliminating sugary drinks and junk food helps. Also, cutting the caffeine can help too.
- Drink plenty of water. Its just plain good for you.
- Exercise. It brings oxygen and nutrients to the skin through blood flow, and also, sweating may clean out the pores. Shower afterwards.
- Finally, wear an oil-free sunblock every day. Treating your skin for acne will make it more sensitive to the sun, which increases your chance of skin damage. Trust me, even though having nice clear skin and a tan looks hot, skin cancer does not. If you don't believe me, try typing in "skin cancer" into Google Images.
- Search the internet for acne advice. You'll come up with plenty of tips, maybe some that contradict each other, but you just may find something that works for you.
- Keep your self-esteem up. There are studies that correlate depression with a variety of ailments.
- Research, research, research! Become familiar with your condition: know the fine details. This may not help to clear up the acne, but at least you'll know why it happens. Perhaps you'll be able to point out things in your everyday life that worsen acne (like how when you touch your face with your hands, the bacteria from your hands is transferred onto your face).