Yes, unfortunately it’s true.
Adults get acne with the majority of cases occurring in women.
Allow that to sink in for a moment. Acne is something we all thought was a thing of the past, forgotten in the hallways of those awkward years where we are just trying to get a grip. However, for many who, like me, have suffered from constant breakouts know the feelings of insecurity, self doubt, stress, deflated confidence all too well.
We overcome those little spots, and think the days of multiple doctors’ appointments, topicals, antibiotics, specialised face washes etc are gone and BOOM (!) It happens. You get one spot. Then one more. This is followed by a few more of their friends. You stay calm “It’s just my time of month,” “It’s all that sugar I had over the weekend” until you realize the little buggers are here to stay and making home on your cheeks (my problem area) and scarring your face and soul once again.
I’m thirty. This is not supposed to be me life anymore. What happened to leaving your twenties to step into a life that is somewhat stable, where goals and planning start to come to fruition; and walking effortlessly in four inch heels, hair in the wind, going to an amazing career with weekends full of art, culture and brunch??
Reality Check. There are many reasons why you can get adult acne – stress, hormones, menopause, switching/stopping BC pills, environmental factors, diet can all play a role in triggering an outbreak. For those who are prone to hormonal acne, like me, you can do everything right ie. use oil-free cosmetic products, wash your face twice with a mild targeted cleanser, cool water and never rub the skin but you just can’t beat genetics. They will find you.
Since, I’m in the UK, I found getting help through the NHS (public health care system) rather difficult so I went private. I opted for the option of a topical cream and antibiotics because 1) getting off the pill is what caused everything to go into total chaos 2) My acne is still considered mild and I want to beat it the least invasive way possible. It seems to have helped calm the situation, just waiting on a few marks to go away.
My suggestion for anyone suffering who doesn’t want to take a drastic measure like Accutane/Roaccutane or the pill is speak to your doctor and be pushy! Sometimes they don’t listen. When I went private they informed me that Benzoyl Peroxide, although a popular topical prescription and ingredient in skincare products can actually scar medium to darker skin tones!! I wish I had known this a few years earlier! Rather, Azeliac Acid is a better choice to help control oil production and fight zits without causing further marks. AND, if you’re not a patient person or willing to become one, like I did, than an antibiotic may not be for you. They take 3 months to kick in and start working. They also told me for oily/combination skin exfoliating and/or using my Clarisonic should be kept to a minimum, no more than twice a week. This is to keep our skin from going into crazy mode and overproducing oil.
Also, a tip from a good friend which may be relevant to all our North American readers is using Spectro Gel Face Wash and a topical cream – she swears it has done miracles for her and kept her skin clear.
And, don’t underestimate the power of a good facial – I recently went in for a Hydrafacial and will post my experience and review very soon!
We hope this helps anyone dealing; don’t forget to let us know your thoughts!