Adult Acne vs. Teen Acne


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Adult acne

Hormonal fluctuations and chronic stress are the most common causes of adult acne, congestion and uneven skin tone. Breakouts are mainly located around the mouth, chin, cheeks and jawline and can be extremely sensitive and inflamed. Additionally, skin cell turnover rate decreases with age, making it harder for adults to heal from breakouts than teens.

It may not be ideal having to combat acne long after the teenage years have passed, but the good news is that you are not alone! By focusing on your skincare needs and using the right acne-fighting ingredients, you can stay clear of adult acne.

How to treat adult acne

  • Thought your makeup was fully removed? Think again! Makeup tends to leave behind residue and buildup that can clog pores and cause breakouts. It is very important to remove your makeup every night before cleansing the skin. (PRO TIP: Facial cleansers are not meant to do your makeup remover’s job!) Be sure to use a gentle, oil-free makeup remover to fully remove your makeup so your facial cleanser can really get into your pores and clean your skin.
  • Cleanse your face and other parts of your body that are prone to acne morning and night. Cleansers that contain the acne-fighting ingredient Retinol are a good option for clearing adult acne because Retinol is derived from Vitamin A and helps prevent new acne from forming and combats signs of aging.
  • Moisturizer is a very important step in achieving clear skin. It is common for the skin to overproduce oil in reaction to dry skin, which can clog pores and cause breakouts. Use an oil-free moisturizer that feels light on the skin morning and night. (PRO TIP: Apply a moisturizer containing SPF each morning to reduce the number of heavy-feeling products on the skin.)
  • Nothing can be more defeating than acne scars. However, products containing Vitamin C are great for many reasons. Vitamin C helps treat uneven skin tone, texture, acne scars and dullness. Using a product with Vitamin C can help with hyperpigmentation and acne scars left behind and leave you with a brighter, even skin tone.


Treating Teen Acne

Teen acne

Acne in teens is related to genetics, hormones and puberty. Breakouts occur with an increase in androgens, which causes oil glands to become overactive, enlarged and produce too much oil, or sebum. Teens usually experience breakouts on the face, back and chest and have more blackheads and whiteheads than adults do. However, teens have faster cell turnover and more resilient skin than adults, meaning they recover quickly from breakouts.

Living with acne can be stressful and affects everyone differently. The most important thing is being educated on the steps you need to take to achieve clear skin!

How to treat teen acne

  • Find a good skincare routine and maintain it! Making a habit out of your skincare routine will reduce the chances of acne in the future.
  • Stop picking! Exposed bacteria from picking a pimple can spread and form new breakouts around the area. Picking breakouts can also cause redness and scaring.
  • Avoid using products that contain harsh ingredients such as alcohol, which dries out the skin and causes an overproduction of oil. Instead, look for gentle, oil-free products that won’t irritate the sensitive skin.
  • Look for products containing the acne-fighting ingredient Salicylic Acid or Benzoyl Peroxide. Salicylic Acid is great for teen acne and works best for blackheads and whiteheads. If used regularly, it can also help prevent future pimples from forming. Benzoyl Peroxide works best on traditional red, pus-filled pimples. It removes excess oil and dead skin cells and helps kill acne-causing bacteria beneath the skin as well.


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