Acne used to be the bane of teenagers around the world. The dreaded breakouts occurring at certain times of the month and when you are stressed. Typically acne clears up after puberty, when your hormones settle down. Increasingly however, more and more people are suffering from acne, well into their adulthood.
The problem with adult acne is that due to the imbalance of hormones that triggers the acne, the flare-ups are usually more noticeable and unsightly. As such, people tend to use harsher products in which to control them. However, adult acne is not a case of over-producing sebum, as it is in teenage acne, it is caused from inflammation. Therefore, a more sensitive approach to treatment is required to sooth the inflamed skin and not make it even more irritated.
If you, like me, suffer from adult acne, give one of these products a go.
BEST SPOT STICKEve Lom Dynaspot 10ml – £22
As soon as you have a spot breakout, dab some of this healing treatment onto it. The cream contains fast-acting properties that work to sooth the skin and reduce redness, helping it to heal without excess drying.
BEST FACE MASK AND SCRUB
If your poor skin is covered in spots and you feel a wreck, pamper it with this amazing exfoliating scrub & facial mask. You’ll feel so much better afterwards. All natural ingredients, so no harsh chemicals, contains super healing foods including Aloe Vera to moisturise, Manuka honey to balance and Vitamin C to help reduce damaging free radicals.
If you are prone to getting spot break-outs then regular use of this cleansing gel may be the answer. It contains several ingredients known to fight acne, such as LHA and glycolic acid. Also contains salicylic acid which helps to exfoliate and smooth the skin and reduce any irregularities. Good for older skin that needs brightening up.
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo[+] 40ml – £15.50
Oily skin that has frequent break-outs is probably the hardest to treat, I know, I have suffered since I was about 13 with acne. The trouble is, when your skin is very oily, you just want to strip all the excess oil away, but this is not the way to correct acne break-outs. This anti-blemish cream from skin experts la Roche-Posay targets the main areas of oily skin – excess shine, blocked pores, break-outs and texture.
BEST CONCEALERRadiant Creamy Concealer – £22.50
Covering spots is no good because they need to breathe and have some sort of treatment on them. This concealer stick does both, it treats with ingredients known to fight spot break-outs, and covers giving a smooth texture. Comes in 15 different shades from the lightest Chantilly to the darkest Cacao.
BEST FOUNDATIONOxygenetix Oxygenating Foundation – £45.00
Pasting foundation over an acne-dotted face can sometimes make you look even worse. What you need is a lightweight, smoothing product that glides over imperfections and improves the skin’s texture. This foundation from Oxygenetix does all those things, and contains a complex of oxygen called ‘Ceravitae’ which helps to optimises skin cell oxygenation. This in turn encourages the cells to repair, reduce redness and start to heal. Costly, but if you’ve tried everything else, worth a go. Comes in 6 shades.
BEST TO TACKLE ACNE SCARSKiehl’s Clearly Corrective™ Dark Spot Solution – £36
Finally, if break-outs are no longer a problem but old acne scars are, this is a super lightweight serum that works to fade the scars and even out your skin tone. It contains natural ingredients, such as activated Vitamin C, which has been proven to reduce discolouration.