As an adult, you might think you left acne behind along with your teenage years, but unfortunately, that just doesn’t hold true. The sad fact is, you might discover you have both wrinkles and acne, as many adults do. Here, we at Elite Serum Rx will share tips with you on how to treat acne and wrinkles at the same time.
Don’t Squeeze Your Acne
While it may be hard to stop yourself from squeezing blackheads and whiteheads, it’s best to avoid doing so. Picking at your face can leave scars and marks. It can also spread bacteria, which can lead to more outbreaks.
Don’t Scrub Your Face
Simply wash your face, rather than scrubbing it. Scrubbing can cause redness or inflammation, only making your acne worse.
Avoid Drying Ingredients
As adults, we tend to get acne along our jawline, while teenagers generally get acne on their forehead, chin and nose areas. The alcohol based astringents made to fight acne are ideal for teenagers, but not adults. As we get older, our skin tends to be dryer, so the majority of these astringents are too harsh. Instead, opt for a cleanser that is salicylic-acid based, which contains anti-inflammatory properties and helps prevent breakouts.
Feel it Out
A new cleanser can be enough to clear up your acne, but give it two or three weeks to see how your skin reacts. Also, do not any introduce any other treatments until after the initial trial period, so you can be sure that the first product you try is either working or not. Combining products make it difficult to determine which is effective for you.
Protecting your face from the sun helps to prevent both acne and wrinkles. The sun can dry out your skin, which in turn causes the sebaceous glands to work overtime. This produces more oils that clog the pores and results in breakouts. Exposure to the sun can also break down the collagen in your skin, causing lines and wrinkles to appear on your face.
Regularly apply a moisturizer to your face. Skin that is hydrated is better equipped to handle treatments for acne since often times acne treatments are very drying. Choose a moisturizer that is labeled “noncomedogenic,” which means it does not clog pores. Also, in order to restore the lipid barrier of your skin, look for ingredients like ceramides. The lipid barrier is what holds moisture in your skin. Another good ingredient to look for is niacinamide, an anti-inflammatory that works to calm your skin.
Try a Retinoid
Retinoid, also known as all-trans-retinoic acid, is a derivative of vitamin A. Approximately 50 years ago, it was discovered that it worked well as an acne treatment. Retinoid has exfoliating properties and works to unclog pores. If you use a retinoid, apply it in the evening instead of applying a moisturizer. For skin that is very sensitive, glycolic acid is an alternative that can be used in place of retinoid. It can be less irritating to your skin and less drying. If you go with this option, use a glycolic acid cleanser a few times a week.
Don’t Wear Makeup that Clogs Your Pores
Opt for makeup that is mineral based and oil free so it does not clog your pores. Don’t forget to wash your application brushes once a week with baby soap and water to remove acne causing bacteria.
If you would like more information about beautiful skin that is wrinkle free, please don’t hesitate to contact us at Elite Serum Rx.