As an adult, you probably thought your days with a bad complexion were over. But up to 25 percent of all men and 50 percent of all women suffer from acne breakouts as adults, according to the website Acne.org. Hormones cause many of these breakouts, especially in women. Still, it's possible to limit and even prevent some breakouts with an excellent skin care routine.
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Causes of Breakouts
To adopt a skin care routine that helps to prevent adult hormonal acne, you need to know what you're fighting. Acne results from a combination of oil in your skin, pores clogged by that oil and dead skin cells, and inflammation from bacteria. In your skin care routine, you'll want to remove the oil and dead skin cells from your skin, and keep the bacteria at bay.
Cleanse Your Skin Properly
Your first step in developing an effective skin care routine for your hormonal acne should be to overhaul your skin cleansing procedure, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Many people scrub their skin until it reddens, but you should resist this impulse. Scrubbing increases irritation, and irritation leads to acne. Instead, choose a mild facial cleanser and wash no more than once or twice each day.
You also will need to check all of your cosmetics, assuming you use any, to make sure they don't promote acne formation. Many cosmetic products contain oil bases, and those will just encourage your skin to break out. Instead, look for foundation and other products labeled "non-acnegenic" or "non-comedogenic" to use in your daily skin care routine after you wash your face. These generally don't contain oil, and in many cases they've been tested to make sure they don't promote acne formation.
Choose a Good Moisturizer
Believe it or not, you may need to use a moisturizer. Even though the oil in your skin causes acne lesions to form, many adult acne sufferers have dry skin. If you let your skin get too dry, irritation may develop, which can lead to more pimples. You can choose moisturizing makeup, as long as it doesn't include oil, or you can moisturize before bedtime with a moisturizer intended for your acne-prone skin.
Avoid Sun Exposure
You may not realize that daily sun protection plays a role in a proper skin care routine for adult hormonal acne. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, some acne medications, such as Retin-A, actually can make your face more sensitive to the sun. Also, sunburn irritates your skin, which can lead to more breakouts. Therefore, plan to work sunscreen application into your daily skin care routine.