How to get rid of adult acne!

Dealing with adult acne? Me too! Especially the lower face, chin and neck are typical areas for adult acne popping up (LITERALLY LOL). Sometimes these breakouts can be painful and very deep. You hear me? I never experienced this as a teenager but now in my mid 40s? The fault of hormonal changes!

The three basic types of acne include:

Cysts: A severe type of breakout in which the pores are blocked, leading to infection and inflammation of the skin.

Pustules: Small, tender bumps on the skin filled with white pus. These are most often seen in the areas of the body with the highest concentration of oil glands (such as the face, neck, chest, and back).

Papules: Solid bumps on the skin containing no visible fluid. They often appear in clusters, much like a rash.

But have no fear, I have a couple tips. These might not work overnight- be consistent, have patience and stay calm (and try not to pick at your breakouts…as if I could contain myself lol…)

1. Wash your pillowcase MORE OFTEN!

I mean it! Most of us don't wash our pillowcases as often as we should. If you have acne-prone skin, anything that touches it can make the problem worse. Experts recommend changing your pillowcases 2-3 times per week.

Replenix Oil-Free Balancing Moisturizer 

2. Try Benzoyl peroxide or Salicylic acid

Try products that contain Benzoyl peroxide or Salicylic Acid (such as a cleanser, toner, lotion or spot treatment). I swear by a spot treatment with Benzoyl peroxide (10% is my jam but if you have sensitive skin go lower) if I have a real deep cyst! It immediately calms down the inflammation and dries down the breakout fast. Salicylic Acid is another good ingredient that I like as a spot treatment or in a toner or in pre-soaked pads to wipe down my face. 

Replenix BP Acne Gel 10% Spot Treatment

Replenix Gly-Sal Clarifying Acne Pads with Glycolic & Salicylic Acid

3. Try Retinol

Retinol is not only great as an anti-aging ingredient, but also to get rid of adult acne because it increases cell turnover, unblocks pores and clears breakouts. If you never have used retinol, start slowly. Just use a pea-sized amount once every few days until your skin adjusts. 

Replenix Retinol 5X Regenerate Dry Serum 

4. Try Differin

Try the first over-the-counter approved retinoid available called Differin. It contains adapalene, which was previously only available with a prescription, and clears breakouts and improves skin tone.

5. Try Tretinoin/Retin-A

If you have tried all of the above and it did not help, it might be time for a prescription strength Tretinoin to treat your skin. I currently use Retin-A once a week (a thin layer on top of my moisturizer) and it has helped so much to clear my cysts on my lower face area! I also have tips how to get Retin-A without a prescription here.

Good luck my friend with your adult-acne! I hope it clears up fast- but please be patient!

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