We're at the mid-late twenties stage now and we've already briefed you on the common skin problems for women in their late twenties and why our skin is aging prematurely. Now we want to talk about everyone's least favorite visitor...acne. Adult acne is very common, annoying and might not make sense but it's there for a reason. So, we wanted to talk about the causes of adult acne and the products that can help you when treating adult acne.

Causes of adult acne in your 20s:

1. Hormonal Changes

Although we might think that major hormone changes should have ceased in our teenage years, we actually continue to experience a lot of hormonal changes until we're 40 or with menopause.   Hormones also change with pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding, and all of these can contribute to breakouts and adult acne. If you're pregnant or breastfeeding, you need to check with your doctors which products you're allowed to use. 

2. Emotional Stress

Stress and anxiety can strongly affect your skin. Stress produces the hormone cortisol with causes acne and pimples. 

3. Blocked Pores

One of the main causes of acne is the production of excessive amount of oils in the skin. When the skin isn't cleansed or exfoliated when necessary, the oils accumulate producing bacteria which then causes acne.

4. Pollution

Overexposure to the sun can also increase the skin's sensitivity and could cause it to breakout. Also, dust in the air can interact with oils and bacteria on our skin and cause more breakouts.   For this, you should try to apply sunscreen everyday, in both summer and winter. You should also make sure your thoroughly wash your face when you go home to make sure you get rid of any dust and dirt accumulation.

5. Over-washing your face...

A lot of girls make the mistake of over washing their skin, which can lead to irritation and the appearance of pimples. It can also become extremely dry in the winter if you use hot water to wash it. Try to make up for that by moisturizing, because dry skin can actually cause acne and produce excess oils to make up for the lost moisture and hydration.

How to treat adult acne:

Ofcourse, the first thing you should do is visit your dermatologist. They will help professionally diagnose your case. You should also ask them what products you shouldn't use and which ones they recommend before trying out anything. 

Salicylic Acid for Adult Acne

Salicylic acid is an effective ingredient for treating adult acne. It contains a formula that deeply penetrates the skin, helps reduce the amount of oils on the face and reduce the appearance of acne. You can choose between these 2 salicylic acid serums, the Caudalie Vinopure Natural Salicylic Acid Pore Minimizing Serum or The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution.


Exfoliants for Adult Acne

If you suffer from blocked pores and acne, exfoliation is really important for you, as long as you're gentle and you don't over do it. Exfoliation removes dead skin cells and helps prevent blocked pores.  There's The Body Shop Seaweed Pore-Cleansing Facial Exfoliator. If you want a gentler option, try the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Exfoliating Cleanser.


Best Adult Acne Skincare Treatments

Some skincare products are made specifically to target acne and treat it. With the help of your dermatologist, it should be easy finding the right one for you. Here are some of the most popular ones out there...The Murad Rapid Relief Acne Spot Treatment and the Clinique Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel. Both of them contain salicylic acid. 


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