How To Manage & Treat Adult Acne?

Are you one of many adults who still struggle with acne? Has it followed you from your awkward teenage years? Or suddenly sprung itself on you?

If thatís you, donít worry. Adult acne is a very common skin condition. About 8 in 10 people will have acne between the ages of 11 to 30. Though it is more common with teenagers and young adults between 14 to 19 years of age, adults can also get the skin condition later in life.

At Chemist Direct, we understand how acne can affect a young person. As well as the discomfort it can cause, the skin condition can greatly affect their confidence. Here are our top tips for managing your acne alongside any prescription treatments you may be taking.

How to Identify Acne Triggers

Keep a record of your acne outbreaks and look for patterns. Once youíve worked out what sets off or encourages your acne, you can avoid these catalysts and better manage it. Several environmental triggers can cause it to flare up suddenly.

These acne triggers include:

  • Hormones
  • Stress
  • Cosmetics
  • Steroid Medications
  • Smoking

Do you get more outbreaks at certain times of the month? Or after a stressful week at work? Have you tried new cosmetics or facial routine? Do you notice more spots after taking new medication?

These can be indicators of an environmental trigger for your acne.

It can be trial and error initially as you begin trying to identify your triggers but once you know, living with acne become much easier. You can now physically avoid them or change your lifestyle to reduce outbreaks.

How to Cleanse The Right Way?

Whether you use a prescription or over the counter cleanser, you want to avoid anything too strong or harsh to treat your acne. You want to use a product that would not strip the skin.

When you wash your face in the morning and evening, use your fingers or a soft washcloth. As well as delicately cleaning your acne, it is important to cleanse around the jawline, neck and neighbouring areas.

Follow your cleanser with toner and any topical treatments, such as serums or other prescription treatments.

How to Add Moisture to Acne Prone Skin?

If you have oily skin, it can be tempting to skip the moisturiser. Donít! Many acne products and treatments can cause your skin to become dry and flaky.

So, you should use an all skin type moisturiser and incorporate it into your regular facial cleansing routine. This will help maintain hydration, stopping your skin from producing more oil to fight the dryness.

At Chemist Direct, we understand the challenges and difficulties acne can cause to a person. Besides your acne can be itchy or uncomfortable, it can have an impact on your confidence. We work with leading skincare and pharmaceutical brands so we can offer our customers with the very best acne medication and treatment on the market. You can view our extensive collection of acne creams and gels here.

Perhaps an over-the-counter treatment is not providing the results you want and you need something stronger? If your acne is persistent, start your online consultation with one of our experienced, registered in-house GPs today.

Pharmacy2Uís Online Doctor service allows people to confidentially discuss their skin conditions with a doctor remotely and around them. They can help you manage your acne and prescribe you stronger medication from the comfort of your home.  

Start your online consultation for your acne today.

This article has been medically approved by Superintendent Pharmacist Shilpa Shailen Karia, MRPharmS. - GPhC Reg No: 2087328

Article Sources:

  1. NHS
  2. British Skin Foundation
  3. Bupa
  4. Patient.Info