Feel like you're 35 going on 15 still struggling with acne? Super frustrating, I know. You're now trying to keep the fine lines to a minimum but still have those silly pimples showing up.
Well, I've had acne since I was 14. I am now 35 and have finally successfully cleared up my skin without any medications. This is only a recent discovery after spending thousands of dollars over the years on laser beams, medications, special ointments, detoxing diets, etc. None of those things worked for me.
So, I really do understand your frustration.
Let me first explain some causes of acne and a few solutions that may work for you. It's worth a try at least. They have been my biggest game changers for adult acne.
I understand there's many types of acne but I'm going to keep this simple and generic, so if you do have some serious skin issues going on, it's always a good idea to consult with your doctor or dermatologist.
Some (but not all) causes:
Dairy and whey protein-based products increase postprandial insulin and basal insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) plasma levels which can cause increased inflammation and oil production on the skin.
2. Hormonal imbalances
If you often get pimples around the lower part of your face, cheeks, and jawline, it could be from hormonal influences. Menstruation, PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), menopause, and increase in androgen levels (also increased with stress) are common causes.
3. Skincare products & makeup
Skincare ingredients may trigger inflammation, clog pores, and introduce bacteria from things like dirty makeup brushes.
Certain bacteria can get into the tiny pores, plug them up and cause inflammation leading to pimples.
While there are many solutions including medications and laser treatments from the dermatologists. Here are a few internal and external solutions that have kept my skin successfully clear for months now (first time in my life).
1. Cut out dairy and whey products. Be sure to check packaging ingredients. For milk and yogurt products I switched to dairy- free, sugar-free almond milk, coconut milk, or oat milk. I replaced whey protein and protein bars with "KOS" plant protein and "Good Fats" bars instead.
2. Adaptogens. Back by more and more research. Adaptogens are plants and herbs that help the body "adapt" to stress at a hormonal and immune system level. They've seriously changed my life after going through the stress of losing my husband to cancer and being a single mom of 4 young kids. The pleasant bonus surprise I had once taking adaptogens like Ashwagandha, Maca, Rhodiola, and Ginseng daily... my skin cleared up so much, even around my menstrual cycle!
Ashwangandha - Power adaptogen that lowers oil-producing cortisol levels in the body. It also has been shown to lower inflammation in the body.
Maca - Also known as Peruvian Ginseng, found to help with energy, libido, and hormonal balance.
Rhodiola - Another powerful adaptogen found to lower stress levels and help support hormones.
Ginseng - Not only helps increase energy and stamina, but also been found to have anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which have also been shown to help with acne.
3. Hydration - Drinking water and staying hydrated helps all your bodily functions including removing toxins from the body. Dry skin can also trigger an over-production of oil, which could contribute to acne
1. Double wash face - A skincare process Korean women use for clear skin that involves first washing with an oil-based cleanser to help dissolve makeup and then washing with a water-based facial cleanser.
2. Salicylic acid or Benzoyl peroxide - Salicylic acid is in many serums, facial washes, or facial toning pads like the ones I use by Zo Skin Health. Benzoyl peroxide is also found in many serums and facial washes. Helps prevent pores from getting plugged, dries out existing pimples, and kills acne-causing bacteria.
3. Change Makeup - I personally switched from foundations with fragrances and oils to a simple mineral based bb cream by Jane Iredale. I really found my skin to be less irritated after this change. Using makeup and skincare products that are non-comedogenic can also be helpful for preventing acne.
4. Don't over-moisturize - Hydrated from the inside out by drinking way more water. Over moisturizing can also lead to clogged pores.
Natashia - Certified Transformation and Nutrition Coach, BN, worked as an RN in internal medicine for several years before becoming a full time stay home mom of four. In 2019, she lost her young husband to cancer. Now, penetrating the beauty industry, Natashia and her brand Mia Adora™ are on a mission to help make women’s beauty and wellness game easier. Read more