Unless you are lucky enough to be born with exceptional genetics your skin needs a lot of TLC, and this is especially so, if you're prone to acne.
It's something that 85 per cent of us suffer with at least once in our lifetimes, but it's all the more shocking when it creeps up on you in your early 30s, with no warning, despite no instances of adolescent break-outs.
There are literally loads of reasons why you might be suddenly struck by adult acne. Hormonal oscillations occur throughout our lifestimes, so at any given phase of your life, your hormone balance might be slightly different.
If you're eating more soya products, for example, trying a new birth control pill or suddenly find yourself in a much more stressful work environment, you might discover changes to your body's chemical balance.
The first step is knowing what skin type you have and, trust us when we say this, a three tiered understanding of oily, dry and 'combination' is jut the tip of the iceberg.
Here's where to start:
- Whip out that God-awful magnifying mirror.
Yep, it's quite daunting seeing your skin up close, but if you can bear it for five minutes, you will know more about what it needs.
Look at your pores, the texture of skin, the colouring? Which areas are worse than others? Is your skin producing excessive oil, or is it quite dry and flaky? Be realistic, but don't be harsh. Take note of all these concerns so you have an idea of whether you can opt for topical products or are in need for more intense treatments.
Also, notice the changes across different times of day. Do you wake up oily or dry, and does your skin respond quickly to moisturiser?
- Once you've done this, we'd recommend investing your time to get some expert advice from a dermatologist.
There are many places where your initial consultation is free. Pop into any of the Sk:n Clinics around the UK
- Now, it's time to develop a real concept of which ingredients to look out for and which to avoid. Your dermatologist will help you with this, but it's a great idea to read forums and swap tips with the beauty obsessed.
You should also check out this list of cruelty-free beauty products:
Stay tuned for the next instalment on dealing with adult acne...