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April 02, 2020
You may have had your acne-fighting routine down pat back when you were 16, but it’s time to switch your strategies now that you’re an adult. There’s no worse feeling than needing to hide pimples and breakouts in your 30s; it can be downright embarrassing and trying to cope can lead to several skincare mistakes.
Why is adult acne so difficult to get rid of?
Teenage and adult acne are both brought on by hormonal factors. In adults, acne is often caused by external factors (like stress), and internal factors (like insulin and cortisol levels) that are much different than the childhood causes of acne. And unlike childhood or teen acne, adult acne is not something you grow out of, meaning there is no clear-picture end or resolution.
The good news is that no matter what your age, an excellent skincare regimen with carefully formulated acne-fighting products (like Doctor D. Schwab’s Adios Pimples line) can help clear your skin and put an end to adult-onset acne. Here are 5 common acne mistakes to avoid, along with recommended products to use:
Mistake #1: Popping and picking at pimples
This rule was true back when you were a teenager, and it’s still true now. When you pop or pick at a pimple or blackhead, you not only prolong its healing time, but also raise the risk of scarring, irritating the skin around the blemish, and spreading bacteria that can lead to more breakouts down the line.
As hard as it is, keep your hands at bay and instead, clean the area with a natural astringent or a natural anti-bacterial product. Doctor D. Schwab Controlling Balm with Tea Tree Oil uses natural ingredients like lactic acid to clear out blemishes, plus Alpha Copper Tripeptide and tea tree oil to reduce inflammation and redness and normalize the skin’s production of oil. That means that once the balm goes to work, you’ll be fighting and reducing the visibility of the blemish. So, while the urge to pick may still be there, you’ll have a smaller, less visible target to resist.
Mistake #2: Over-cleansing
Surprise! Cleaning your face too much may lead to more acne. While it’s important to remove excess oil and get rid of dead skin cells, over-cleansing can strip your skin of all its oil, sending your brain a red alert to produce even more.
To find a happy medium, start with a gentle cleanser like the Doctor D. Schwab Soft Foam Deep Cleanse and only wash your face twice a day—in the morning and at night. The foam produces the right combination of liquid and oxygen, so it won’t dry out your skin. It’s also light enough to keep your hair from getting greasy (because you should focus on cleansing your hairline every time you do wash).
Mistake #3: Over-exfoliating
Along the same vein as over-cleansing, over-exfoliating can often do more harm than good. If you find that your blemishes and blackheads aren’t healing or disappearing, you may be rubbing too much, which is the equivalent of torture to your skin. The thing is, the skin can naturally correct itself, so going from one extreme (over-exfoliating) to another (over-moisturizing) can be just as harmful. You can give it a little nudge in the right direction by nourishing your skin in baby steps.
The G.S. Ginkgosome® is formulated to acknowledge the irritated and congested skin by moisturizing, hydrating, clearing pores, and controlling future oil production. The lightweight serum goes beyond reducing the appearance of blemishes by nourishing the skin to reverse the irritation and redness that stems from over-exfoliation.
Mistake #4: Expecting a quick fix
Just like it takes time to damage skin, it also takes time to reverse the damage. Breakout prevention, reversal, and maintenance are a process, and staying consistent with your skincare regimen (and avoiding these mistakes) is critical. Even as adults, we can still become desperate for a quick fix, especially with big meetings and date nights on our calendars.
You shouldn’t expect pimples to disappear overnight, but products like masks, which sit on the skin for an extended period, can offer immediate effects to alleviate blemishes. Doctor D. Schwab Controlling Mask with Tea Tree Oil uses natural ingredients like tea tree, rosemary, and sage to clear and rejuvenate skin and reduce excess oil production. Since you leave it on your skin (as a mask or to spot-treat) for 20-30 minutes, it has time to penetrate deeper to immediately give you more radiant skin short-term, while offering clearer, healthier skin in the long-term.