Many people think that treating adult acne has to be a lot different than how you would treat acne for a teenager. However, the treatments are mostly the same. The only real consideration that may separate the two a little is that you are dealing with thinner, more delicate skin on older adults than you would be on a teen.
The skin around the eyes and on the neck tend to get thinner as we age. That is why these areas are often the first ones where we see those dreaded signs of aging like cross hatching (fine lines) wrinkles, crows feet, and the crepe paper types of wrinkles that you see when you first start to notice your skin isn’t quite the same skin you were born with.
This is why often times adults will use acne treatment products that are gentler. However, teens really should take this same approach. You can’t beat acne by beating it out of your skin with brute force via harsh cleansing agents and surfactants like SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate).
Instead, you should be using a really great antibacterial acne soap or cleanser that uses natural antibacterial aids to deeply cleanse the skin and rid it of both surface bacteria and the bacteria that looms just below the surface in the pores where it causes whiteheads and blackhead pimples.
I had a funny moment on the couch with my in laws the other night. I had put a dollop of zit cream over a particularly difficult zit that cropped up thanks to some mega-stress I was enduring at work the previous day. After first mistaking the dollop for whipped cream (we had just had ice cream and cool whip), I explained it was actually zit cream.
Since I’m 37, my in law remarked “you’re not supposed to be getting zits, you should be way past that”. Well, yeah, that’s kind of what I’m thinking too, but any adult who still has acne flare ups will tell you, it can happen at any age!
The important thing is to control your hormones, which means controlling stress and controlling the things you eat. You can take a hormonal acne treatment supplement, or you can try to balance the hormones via your diet. These both can work wonders for your skin if you have the hormonal and stress related flare ups that I do.