Suffering from adult acne? It’s one thing having to deal with annoying breakouts as a teen, but to still endure them as an adult can be even more frustrating. Luckily, there are some effective ways that you can reduce and eliminate those pesky spots. If you’re living with adult acne, here are our tips for achieving clearer skin.

Learn About Your Skin Type

You wouldn’t pick out clothes to wear without knowing your size, so why would you pick skin products to use without knowing more about your skin type? Our skin is a complex organ, and it’s different for every person. You could have a drier complexion, an oily one, or a combination of both. There could also be certain factors in both your diet and facial products that your body is more sensitive to. So, one of the best tips for achieving clear skin starts with getting to know more about your particular skin type through a skin care specialist.

Use Products with Benzoyl Peroxide or Salicylic Acid

If your breakouts aren’t too severe, select off-the-shelf products that contain the ingredients Benzoyl Peroxide or Salicylic Acid. Both of these ingredients have proven to be very effective at fighting acne and are commonly found in skin products. Using a cleanser or a moisturizer regularly works best.

Try a Chemical Peel

A chemical peel is a facial treatment that can also be effective for those living with adult acne. This treatment gets deep into the pores, allowing a more thorough cleanse. These also commonly include glycolic or salicylic peels. Talk to your skin care specialist about whether a chemical peel is a good option for you.

Exfoliate, But Not Too Much!

Exfoliating is necessary for removing the dead layer of skin cells that accumulate on the face and make it more difficult to cleanse. However, too much exfoliation can be aggressive on the skin, causing it to react. This is especially true if the exfoliating product contains acid, which can strip your skin’s natural oils and protective barrier. So stick to using a mild, natural-based exfoliate once per week.

Try Using a Serum

For some people, moisturizers can feel a bit too heavy on the skin. This can leave an oily residue behind on the surface, creating more breakouts and blemishes. If you’ve tried multiple types to no avail, try switching to a serum. These can be used instead of moisturizers and are lighter with less risk of leaving behind a greasy surface. And as always, make sure you purchase one that suits your specific skin type and needs.

Avoid Squeezing

We know it can be hard when there’s a spot staring at you in the face, but instead of squeezing and picking at your spots, try to resist the urge. This only makes it worse, especially over the long term as that constant picking can eventually leave scars behind.

Use Non-Comedogenic Makeup

If you’re covering your skin in makeup each day, we recommend using foundation and products that allow your skin to breathe. Mineral-based makeup is also lighter on your skin and less likely to make it react.

Increase Your Water Intake

Staying hydrated is also essential for maintaining a clearer complexion. If you’ve been dealing with bad breakouts, think about how much water you’ve consumed over the last few days. Was it less than five glasses per day? If so, make it your mission to increase that to eight glasses per day. Your skin is the largest organ of the body that consists of 64% water. By replenishing and hydrating properly, you can help your body flush out toxins and reduce wrinkles, breakouts, and blemishes.

Assess Your Diet

Your diet is equally as important when it comes to the health of your skin. If you’ve tried just about everything in regards to treatments and creams with no success, then start to look inwards. What you put into your body impacts what shows up on the outside. If you’re consuming plenty of fried, greasy, junk food on a regular basis, that will have a direct impact on your skin. The overload of oil, sugar, acid, processed chemicals, dairy, and everything in between can easily make your skin react and breakout. So start to reassess your daily consumption habits and how you can begin to swap them out for more wholesome, healthier items instead that will nourish your skin.

At The Ottawa Skin Clinic, we offer a wide range of treatments such as chemical peels and more to help rebalance the skin and improve your complexion. Browse through our services or contact us today to set up a consultation with one of our skin experts.