Adult breakouts can be tricky and can be caused by several things. If you are experiencing a typical “comedo” (pimple), that’s a pore that gets clogged and causes fluid to build up. Pore clogging can be caused by certain skin care products that aren’t “non-comedogenic” (typically oil-based products), heavier makeup, or by a layer of dead skin cells in the epidermis that bridge over the pore, blocking it. Exfoliation is the standard remedy for clogged pores. Another cause can be a bacterium, p. acnes, and typically a trip to the dermatologist and an oral antibiotic can address that.
The third possibility is a viral flare-up, which is consistent with stress. Contrary to popular belief, stress does not cause the typical pimple; however, stress can trigger an outbreak of a viral type blemish – similar to a cold sore. The telltale symptom of these blemishes is that they are particularly painful. If so, you should talk to your dermatologist.
Exfoliation with retinol or glycolic acid unclogs pores
If you have standard comedos (from clogged pores), there are several recommended exfoliation products. A favorite is topical retinol facial cream, a Vitamin A derivative, which is also an excellent anti-aging wrinkle cream. Retinol works by increasing the cell turnover rate and helping shed the top layer of dead skin cells – which might be clogging the pores. ReNew Youth™ retinol cream is the strongest retinol cream (about 1.0%) that you can get without a prescription.
Another excellent exfoliator is 10% glycolic acid formulated as a cleanser. It’s not only an exfoliator but also cleans away excess oil and is very popular for managing blemishes. Exfoliate Me™, is a best seller.
Do you have dry skin or does it tend to be on the oily side, especially on your chin area? If you have dry skin, both the retinol and the glycolic acid can be drying. The ReNew Youth formulation anticipates this, so it includes the highly successful moisturizer, hyaluronic acid. Some ladies with very dry skin who use the retinol cream, however, like to augment it with a separate moisturizer such as Maximum Moisture™. If you use the glycolic acid cleanser and have dry skin, you’ll definitely want to use a good moisturizer.
If you have skin or areas that tend to be oily, this can sometimes be caused, unusual as it may sound, by dry skin. This is because when skin doesn’t have enough moisture, it overcompensates by producing excess oil – which can lead to those comedos (pimples) if a pore gets clogged.
Importantly, all of our skin care products are formulated without parabens or other estrogenic compounds, so there’s no health risks for women.