Thought acne was just reserved for the teenage years? Not so fast. Adult acne is more common than you may think, so if it’s something you’re dealing with, you’re certainly not alone. It can be easy to panic when you start seeing pimples make an appearance, but the best thing you can do is make a plan for how to handle it. The following are some tips for how you can handle mid-life acne breakouts and tackle the issue sooner than later.
Don’t Panic Over It
Here’s the problem with panicking over your acne. When you’re stressing over your current pimples, you could actually be causing the problem to worsen. Take things one step at a time, and in the meantime, do what you can to de-stress as much as possible.
See Your Dermatologist and Aesthetician
If there are two people who can help you figure out what’s going on with your mid-life acne breakouts and how you can help combat the problem, it’s your dermatologist and aesthetician. You can go over what your day-to-day life involves (skincare regimen, what you eat, how much you sleep, what medications you’re taking, etc) and they can help you come up with a personalized plan. If you don’t already get frequent professional facials, they may recommend that you do so.
Re-evaluate Your Skincare Regimen
Your skincare regimen can obviously have a lot to do with your mid-life acne breakouts. For example, are there often nights when you go to bed with your makeup on? Are you applying too much moisturizer? Certain aspects of your skincare regimen could be leading to pimples and you might not even be aware of it, but figuring out which parts of your regimen are and aren’t working for you is one of the major keys to getting the pimples under control.
Check Your Products
The products you use should be specific to your skin type. For example, if you have oily skin, consider looking for products that have terms like “noncomedogenic” on the packaging, and if you have sensitive skin, it should state on the packaging that the product is good for those who have skin sensitivities. Before you buy the products, however, check the online reviews by those who have used the products before you to determine just how good of a chance they have of working.
Re-evaluate Your Diet
You’ve probably heard how food that are high in sugar, dairy, and refined carbs could lead to acne, but you also want to pay attention to what foods specifically lead to your own pimples. For example, some people can eat a little dark chocolate a few times a week and have no problems while others might break out. It’s important to determine what foods are your personal acne triggers.
When you’re dealing with mid-life acne breakouts, just keep in mind that—with research, patience, and the help of your dermatologist—it could very well be a rather easy situation to manage although there are obviously no guarantees. Take things day-by-day so you can come up with a plan that’s going to best work for you.