We get it, you don’t want to talk about adult acne. It’s gross, unnerving, it makes you want to flip to the next page. But it’s a problem not every 20- to 30-something experiences, so we need to address it.
Firstly, there’s no clear-cut way to get rid of adult acne. If you feel like you’re reliving your teenage years through zits and blemishes scattered across your chin, rather than through music of the ’80s and ’90s, perhaps it’s time to tackle the problem head on. But why are these uninvited guests taking over your face?
“Whenever your body experiences an increase in male hormones such as testosterone, oil production increases, and that can cause clogged pores where bacteria grow wild, leading to inflammation and pimples,” explains specialist dermatologist Dr Hala Fadli. She also blames stress (increased cortisol levels) and a bad diet for these lumps and bumps.
So what’s the cure? The first step is to stop touching your face without washing your hands. “When you touch your face or your pimple with dirty hands, you’re forcing the debris and bacteria to go even deeper into your skin,” says
Dr Fadli. “You may also introduce new kinds of bacteria from your finger into the zit.”
Next, remember to use a natural scrub every other day, or more often if you’re frequenting the gym. And as for popping your pimples, while Dr Fadli doesn’t champion the idea, she says there are ways to do it safely without leaving any scars. “Don’t poke too early,” she advises. “Wait until the pimple has a firm white head. Then wash your hands thoroughly and use your fingers to softly squeeze around the white tip of the zit.”
In terms of choosing the right skincare products, look for moisturisers with retinoids, as they are the key ingredient to preventing pimples. And balance your skin’s pH levels by using a hydrating mist every now and then.
Book a consultation with Dr Fadli at Dermatology & Laser Clinic, Villa 929, Al Wasl Road, Umm Suqeim 2, www.halafadli.com (04 346 5542).