How to Treat Adult Acne: The Complete Guide

How to Treat Adult Acne: The Complete Guide


Acne isn't just a teen's problem, y'all. Truth be told, a lot of people suffer from breakouts later on in life for a variety of reasons. In this guide, we will discuss the causes of adult acne and how to treat it using natural products from Beauty By Earth. We will also provide some tips for preventing adult acne outbreaks.

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What is Adult Acne?

Adult acne, or adult onset acne, is very similar to the breakouts you may have experienced as a teenager. However, adult acne usually occurs on the lower part of the face, around the chin and jawline. (As opposed to adolescent acne or teen acne.) These breakouts are often caused by hormonal changes, stress, and certain cosmetics or skincare products. 

What Causes Adult Acne or Makes Acne Worse?

There are a few different factors that can contribute to adult acne. Hormonal changes are one of the most common causes, as they can trigger excess oil production. This could be due to things like menopause or even stress. Another common cause of adult acne is using cosmetics or skincare products that are comedogenic, meaning they clog pores. Finally, certain medications can also cause adult acne breakouts.

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Natural Treatment Options for Adult Acne

There are a number of natural acne treatment options for adult acne. For instance, you can try to revamp your acne treatment regimen by using skin care products that contain tea tree oil, witch hazel, or apple cider vinegar. These ingredients have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that can help to reduce the appearance of breakouts.

You can also try using a clay mask to your skin care regimen for the sake of drawing out impurities from acne prone skin. Once a week, apply a thin layer of clay mask to your face and let it sit for 15 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water.


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It's always a good idea to consult your physician or a dermatologist for their advice on treatment options—especially if you have severe acne or sensitive skin. There may be need for stronger topical treatments such as benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid.


Preventing Adult Acne

There are a few things you can do to prevent adult acne breakouts. First, make sure you are cleansing your face every day with a gentle cleanser. Avoid harsh scrubs and cleansers that contain drying agents like alcohol, as they can exacerbate acne. (Instead, opt for a gentle scrub chock full of skin-benefitting ingredients!)

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You should also make sure you are using a non-comedogenic moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated and to not worsen acne. (Hydration and oil aren't the same, girl! Moisturizer is for everyone, not just people with dry skin. Got oily skin? All you need to do is look for a moisturizer that can control the dew.) Look for products that contain ingredients such as hyaluronic acid which can help to plump and hydrate skin without leading to clogged pores.

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Finally, try to avoid touching your face throughout the day as much as possible. Your hands can transfer bacteria and oils from other parts of your body to your face, which can clog pores and cause breakouts. If you must touch your face, make sure you're washing your hands first!

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We hope this guide was helpful in explaining adult acne and how natural products may help treat it. Remember, each person's skin is different so what works for one person might not work for another. The best way to find out what works for you is by doing some trial and error with different products and ingredients. And as always, consult a physician or dermatologist if you have concerns about your skin. They will be able to give you the best advice for YOUR unique situation.



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