Getting acne seems like a rite of passage in adolescence but don’t think you’re alone if you dodged the bullet in your teenage years but now have annoying pimples. Adult acne aka Acne vulgaris is common, especially in women, and although it’s a pain, there are things that can help you combat it.

“It’s the most prevalent skin condition in the United States, according to The American Academy of Dermatology, with almost 50 percent of adults suffering from some form of acne,” CBS News reported.

It can appear on your face, neck, shoulders and upper arms and your breakouts may be caused by hormonal changes. That’s why it’s probable that you get a breakout before or during your menstruation cycle. Boys are more likely to suffer acne scarring than girls but girls are more likely to have adult acne that caused by hormones leading to excess oil secretion, faulty closing of the hair duct, and infection, according to WedMD.

Also, access your diet. If you’re eating foods with excess oils or sugars you’re making your skin more susceptible to acne.

Once you see a white head, black head or cyst, don’t squeeze it. It’s so tempting to remove the pus from the pimple but you’ll likely get an ugly scar from your impatience. Either wait until the pimple goes away naturally or have a doctor remove the bump. Dermatologists have the proper equipment that will sterilely eradicate the blemish and leave minimal or no scarring.

You can also purchase over the counter products that help ease your breakouts. Most drugstore acne washes and medications contain salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide to combat acne. Also be sure to use hypoallergenic or oil-free moisturizers so that you don’t exacerbate your acne.

If your acne is incredibly severe you can also inquire about a prescribed topical antibiotic or a retinol crème. Retinoic acid is a form of Vitamin A and has strong complexion enhancing effects.


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  1. Nice article. I have battled with adult acne all my life and really wish i found a better solution than benz. peroxide or acuttane. I started bleaching my skin to remove the marks, but it left my face permanently discolored. I started eating less fried and proccessed foods and its been the best thing i’ve done for my skin


  3. I need to find a system that will work for me…BC I have adult acne my skin color is light and dark which makes buying makeup hard. What are other things I can do to help my skin

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