By Casey Parks
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It’s time to admit it; acne is something I’ve struggled with for years. And while it is frustrating and inconvenient at times to be in my twenties and still breaking out, I know I’m not the only one.
According to the International Dermal Institute, between 40 and 55 percent of people aged 20-40 experience persistent facial acne. Clogged pores are usually the culprits behind most breakouts. However, with adult acne, the case becomes more complex, as acne can be caused by many things including medication, internal chemical changes, and stress.
From hormone imbalance to diet and exercise to vitamin deficiencies, all of our bodies are different, making everyone’s treatment path different as well. With so many products out there that claim to magically cure you of your blemishes, it can become difficult to find the one that works for you.
What the Doctor Ordered
Many acne products are developed for younger, thicker and more resilient teenage skin. So when dealing with adult acne, choosing a daily topical skin care regimen can get trickier. Dermatologists recommend a three pronged approach to adult acne: look for retinols, salicylic acid, and glycolic acid for their acne-defying and anti-aging qualities. Additionally, These simple tips can also amplify your acne-fighting efforts.
Glytone’s Acne Clearing System is a four-part kit that contains a cleanser, toner, and lotion with salicylic acid and a treatment gel with benzoyl peroxide. Unlike other products that can dry out your skin, Glytone treats the acne while remaining conscious of sensitive skin, and hydrates while reducing redness and inflammation.
Controlling Acne on a Budget
Author Casey Parks & Actress Ashley Benson
There are also a lot of great options available right at your local drug store. I was lucky to be able to chat with Pretty Little Liars actress Ashley Benson about Differin Gel, the first and only prescription-strength acne treatment available over the counter, which she uses to deal with her everyday breakouts. With proper use, this game changing retinoid gel can help clear skin, prevent future breakouts, and restore skin to its natural form.
For oily skin, try Bioré’s new Charcoal Acne Clearing Cleanser. Its active ingredient is salicylic acid, which gives your skin that cool tingly sensation and really helps you feel it working. If you have combination skin, Bioré’s Baking Soda Acne Scrub is for you. Oil free and containing a pH balancing formula, it can clear up your acne in just days.
Healing from the Inside Out
In addition to topical remedies, acne can also be treated through diet and lifestyle changes. Nutritional pharmacist Ben Fuchs specializes in these solutions, and developed Truth Treatments to replace traditional pharmaceutical drugs. To treat the root of acne-prone skin, try the Blemish Repair Complex, which works to promote proper nutrient absorption of ingredients like Vitamins A, B Complex, B5, and E that help reduce inflammation, prevent clogged pores, and heal skin tissue.
Everyone’s skin is different, and patience is so important with any type of skin care. But with a proper regimen and the appropriate products, beating those blemishes is possible.