Spots aren’t only a problem for teenagers. With our polluted air, fast-paced lifestyles and exposure to damaging UV rays, men and women in their twenties, thirties, and even forties, are battling pimples at a time when they also are also starting to fend off wrinkles.
What causes breakouts?
The oil in our skin is produced by our sebaceous glands, which form a hydro-lipid layer to protect our skin and maintain hydration. The problem comes when we start producing too much oil which mixes with dead skin cells to block pores, overfeeding our own skin’s protective bacteria causing inflammation and pimples. A variety of other factors can cause hormonal changes which lead to acne including: stress, diet, PMS, pregnancy, or polycystic ovary syndrome. If you have severe acne in your 20s and 30s it’s definitely worth having your hormones checked, however a good skincare routine and a few lifestyle changes can help to blitz those zits and maintain a clear complexion.
1. De-stress your lifestyle. Get more sleep each night to let your skin regenerate. Make time for stress-relieving activities like a daily 30-minute workout to produce endorphins and deliver more oxygen to your skin cells.
2. Treat topically with a suitable skincare routine. Be careful not to dry out your skin with aggressive cleansers designed to strip teenage skin of excess oil. Older skins are more prone to irritation and dehydration. Use a gentle PH balance cleansing wash – morning and night; then a toner designed to rebalance the oil secretions, for example; Skeyndor Pore Normalising Factor is great for reducing T-zone shine and pimples. Finish by using a light, hydrating moisturiser. Exfoliate twice a week with a fruit-acid-based exfoliating wash. If you have excessively oily skin; you can use a mild fruit acid cleanser daily, but not for long periods of time as these can cause sun sensitivity.
3. Regular facials. Visit your beautician monthly for a deep-cleansing facial to remove excess dead skin build-up, and for some gentle extraction (don’t over squeeze as this can also lead to skin damage). Products like Skeyndor’s Pore Refining Serum will help minimize scars and open pores.4. Cover up. Remember excess sun can also stress the skin and cause breakouts, so use a daily UV protection. To conceal pimples it’s best to use a medicated product with salicylic acidand vitamin E. A matte formula will adhere better to the skin and use a shade slightly darker than your natural skin tone to reduce the appearance of the bump. A lighter concealer or shimmery powder will only accentuate the pimple.