ADULT ACNE: AIN'T NOBODY GOT TIME FOR THAT

One of the most annoying (yet common) skincare concerns for women is adult acne. At 36, I still get the occasional pesky pimple, or hormonal breakout. Of course, I’d rather not have any, but unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world. Through my tried-and-true experiments, product trial and DIY treatments, here are my top 5 “go-to” methods for fighting acne. Who knows, maybe at some point I’ll discover the secret to banishing acne for good.

Adult Acne: Ain't Nobody Got Time for That

Adult Acne: Ain't Nobody Got Time for That

Cleanse:

I know some of you guys are like: “Well, duh!” Believe it or not, I’ve chatted with a few people who don’t remove their makeup before going to bed at night. For years, I didn’t think it was necessary to use a makeup remover before cleansing, but honey, let me tell you — IT IS very necessary! I like the Neutrogena Makeup Remover Towelettes, because they remove waterproof mascara and eyeliner. When you’re shopping for a cleanser, look for those that contain salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide or an AHA (alpha hydroxy acid), which are all excellent ingredients for fighting breakouts.

Adult Acne: Ain't Nobody Got Time for That

Adult Acne: Ain't Nobody Got Time for That

Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize: The biggest myth about adult acne is that if your skin is oily, you can skip the moisturizer. Wrong, Chile, just wrong. And, yes, while some moisturizers may cause acne, others provide just the right amount of hydration to keep your skin in check. The skin needs a balance of both oil and water to produce a healthy, glowing and smooth complexion. When the skin is dehydrated, it fights to hold on to natural oil produced by sebaceous glands, which in turn, produces blemishes. Keep your skin happy and rest easy by selecting a moisturizer that’s oil and fragrance-free. My fave? Murad’s Skin Perfecting Lotion during the day, and Kiehl’s Customized Apothecary Concentrate and Ultra Facial Deep Moisture Balm at night. 

Be a Makeup Snob: Not all makeup is created equal, so you have to be selective when choosing a foundation. Mine are seasonal: I wear a lightweight, tinted moisturizer and BB Cream during the warmer months, and an oil-free foundation with a dewy finish during frigid temps. Right now, Clinique’s Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer is my jam! I don’t like a lot of coverage unless I’m filming a segment for television, and I always tell people that less is more. You don’t want your face to scream “makeup,” do you? Imagine what might happen when you decide to go bare-faced? It could be scary…

Invest in Facials: There’s only so much that a great cleanser and moisturizer can do. If you start to notice excessive blackheads, dullness, or hyperpigmentation, pay a visit to your favorite spa for a peel and deep cleanse. Aestheticians are skilled at removing impurities that Dermatologists’ warn you shouldn’t do on your own. Besides, who doesn’t like to be pampered? Not to mention, you’ll cut down on the risk of scarring your skin with DIY shenanigans.

Adult Acne: Ain't Nobody Got Time for That

Adult Acne: Ain't Nobody Got Time for That

Watch What You Eat and Drink: I have to keep it real, y’all.  I’m horrible when it comes to drinking water. I know you’re supposed to drink like 8 glasses a day or something, but c’mon now…where’s the fun in that?? I spice things up a bit by adding cucumber or lemon to my water so that I don’t pass out from boredom.  When I eat and drink what I’m supposed to, i.e. leafy dark greens, omega3, fruits…etc…I notice a difference in the way my skin looks and feels. Additionally, I gave up dairy about 6 months ago, and I try to chill on the fried foods and sweets as much as possible. Wine is another story…

So what’s the real reward after all of this besides beautiful skin? Bragging rights, of course.

Got the blemish blues? How do you keep your skin acne-free?

Cheers,

Nicole