Whether you suffer from a few blemishes or a full-blown adult acne, you know what it is like to feel self conscious about your skin. Fortunately, there are ways to help manage blemishes and enjoy clearer skin, but you want to make sure you don't make any of the following mistakes.
#1: Using the wrong over-the-counter treatments
Blemishes as an adult require an adult treatment. Using highly aggressive OTC acne treatments, which are usually formulated for puberty-induced teen acne, can make your adult acne worse. Opt for more mild OTC treatments if you are simply dealing with a few blemishes. These won't dry your skin as much. For more severe adult acne, a visit to the dermatologist is a better option. They can help determine whether your acne is due to hormones or some other skin condition, and then prescribe a treatment that tackles the root of the breakout instead of just treating the syptoms.
#2: Drying out your skin
It's a simple fact of life that your skin tends to get drier as you get older. Even those with oily skin aren't immune to dry skin, since the oils are produced in the skin but the surface can still dry. Your skin also gets thinner as it loses collagen over the years, which also leads to further drying. These dry, dead skin flakes then clog pores and cause blemishes. Using harsh cleansers, spending too much time in the sun, or not using a moisturizer are all mistakes that make dry skin worse. A combination of exfoliation and proper moisturizing can help alleviate red, irritated skin, and even some blemishes.
#3: Leaving your makeup on
It's true you work hard, and some days it's difficult to attend to the last evening task of skin care. Unfortunately, though, sleeping with your makeup on is tough on your skin. Not only does your skin need to breathe at night, but you don't want the makeup getting into your pores and causing blemishes. A simple nighttime routine of washing your face with a gentle cleanser followed by light nighttime moisturizer should be sufficient. Also, make sure that you wash your pillow case often so that you aren't pressing your face into dirt and old skin oils for eight hours every night.
For more help in dealing with adult blemishes or treating more severe acne, contact a dermatologist office, like Strnot Dermatology, in your area.