How I'm Battling Adult Acne
Adult acne is the worst. There's no other way to put it.
You've turned twenty, you think you're out the doghouse when it comes to spots, you're not a teenager anymore and bam, the whole process starts all over again.
Except this time, they're much more painful, they leave deeper scars and they genuinely feel like the end of the world.
But don't fret, there is a big change to your lifestyle that can help and a couple of holy grail beauty products I've found along the way.
I turn 24 this May and for the past 3 years, I've suffered with constant acne.
Each day I can wake up to another little fucker making their way across my face in my typical area (chin) or some rogue spot popping up on my cheek.
Adult acne is usually caused by fluctuations in hormones which is why for women, we usually see an increase in them around our period.
For a lot of people, dairy is also a huge factor.
Making a conscious effort to cut out dairy is something I've been doing for a few years now.
I've noticed that by cutting out dairy, not only are my periods less painful, but my acne flareups are less regular.
I know not everyone wants to give up their cheese and crackers or those thick Lindt bunnies, but even if you just start small and switch to almond milk instead of regular milk in your coffee, then you'll slowly start seeing changes within your acne and the texture of your skin.
In terms of beauty products, it can be quite scary. There are so many products on the market that claim to help adult acne and there are so many different ingredients to consider.
For me, staying away from acids has actually been quite useful. Despite reading into them and researching everything they do, I still feel like quite a beginner when it comes to acids. Some of them my skin loves whilst others can cause a nightmare of an allergic reaction.
Instead, I like to treat my skin with hydrating and calming solutions.
My go-to cleanser is the Kate Somerville Eradi-Kate foaming cleanser. The active ingredient in this magic product is sulphur (a whopping 3%). This ingredients help breakdown the oil in your skin and dry out those inflamed spots. But because this potion also includes calming ingredients like honey and oat extracts, it doesn't leave you're skin quenched for thirst and desperate for some moisture.
To make sure I'm not damaging my skin too much, I like to apply a hydrating serum like Jordan Samuels' HYDRATE. This contains aloe vera (holy grail) and hyaluronic acid so is going to pump your skin with hydration.
Finally, if you can't afford all three of these products and can only think about splurging on one then I highly suggest you choose this one.
The Allies of the Skin Promise Keeper Blemish Facial. This stuff is pure magic. Both myself and myself sister seriously suffer with adult acne and have tried everything under the sun.
But a few weeks ago, I was sent this product and couldn't believe the results.
At first, this product is really sticky on the skin but after an hour it settles and will start to purge the spots.
By morning, you will wake up to less spots and a completely different skin texture.
And don't take my word for it, after my sister tried this product, she immediately went and bought one for herself!
If you've suffered with acne for a while and are a picker (like me), then the likelihood is that you're going to have some scarring.
This saviour product will help flatten out all that scarring and smooth out the lines so your skin feels baby soft.
I'm really not clued up on the science behind this product but I am aiming to get an interview with Allies of the Skin so I can clear up any questions!
If you'd like to know anything then drop me an email or comment below and I'll hopefully have a blog post out soon.
If you suffer with adult acne and have anymore tips then definitely let me know, I'm constantly on the lookout for new products and lifestyle changes.