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Adult Acne and Skin Care

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.

Causes of Acne | How to Get Rid of Acne

Two leading causes of acne are bacteria and clogged pores. Normal, healthy skin receives sufficient oxygen that the growth of bacteria is prevented, since skin bacteria cannot live in an oxygen-rich environment. When your skin pores become blocked, typically from excess accumulation of dead skin cells than remain on the surface, oxygen is unable to reach the lower levels of your pores, At the same time, oil in the pores builds up. These two factors cause bacteria to proliferate. As a result, the follicle becomes irritated, inflamed and fills with fluid consisting mostly of dead white blood cells that had fought the bacteria.

Clogged pores are caused by several conditions. One is an inherited factor where dead skin cells do not slough off from follicles normally. This causes an accumulation of oils and additional cell buildup. This creates “microcomedos,” which are the beginning of acne problems if appropriate skin care remedies are not utilized.

One effective solution to both of these causes of bacteria is to use a daily exfoliation gel cleanser to make sure that dead skin cells are adequately removed so that they cannot block pores and create the accumulation of oils or bacteria. This will help you get rid of acne.