Many women are still grappling with how to deal with adult acne.
If you’re wondering how many adults have acne, it affects 50% of women. According to dermatologist Neal Schultz, “For the last 10 to 20 years, adult acne has been increasing. It can even go into your 50s, right to menopause”.
So if you’re suffering with a bout of acne on the lower portion of the face, namely the chin and jaw areas – don’t worry, you’re not alone!
Finding balance in your skincare regime can be tricky – women may often feel as though they have to choose between products that focus on keeping wrinkles at bay, or ones that are made to specifically target spots.
And with commercial anti-ageing products often containing ingredients that aggravate skin more, with additives like silicone, fragrance and alcohols, we say why not try out the new breed of intelligent treatments on the market that can target both of your concerns?
The salon skin-fixer
Chemical peels are the number one treatment we recommend to solve a plethora of skin issues, especially when it comes to combating acne, sun spots, and even fine line and wrinkles… Not to mention the visible glow skin your skin will radiate once the treatment is over.
The latest in chemical peel treatments? The Optiphi Lipohydroxy Acid Peel treatment, from R550 to R650, for a 30-minute session, works on improving skin’s tone, texture and pore size, with no downtime!
Take note: Optiphi recommends having had at least 2 x 25% glycolic acid peels before upgrading to this skin-rejuvenating oil-based peel.
When you don’t have time to fit a salon visit into your schedule, use a lightweight and fast-acting formula, like this Neostrata Spot Treatment Gel, R387 for 15g. It’s supercharged with mandelic, tartaric and citric acids, to dot onto problem areas, minimising redness and inflammation.
An oil and scent-free moisturiser will allow skin to breathe and leave it shine-free. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Lotion, R400 for 125ml, works to trap moisture in, keeping skin hydrated, a key factor in keeping your complexion balanced.
We also recommend using a product clinically proven to reduce acne break-outs, restore the skin’s pH and protect the skin from secondary factors that could trigger or exacerbate acne.
Eucerin DermoPurifyer Mattifying Fluid, R210 for 50ml, promises to keep skin shine-free for up-to eight hours, plus contains licochalcone A, which soothes redness.
Sometimes, skin breaks out because it’s dehydrated. So if moisturisers that aim at reducing sebum production are not working for you, it’s probably because your skin is crying out for a little re-hydration.
Put the moisture back into skin with Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel-Cream, R164,38 for 50ml and help your skin on its way to becoming more hydrated, and possibly less congested, in a jiffy.