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How to Treat Adult Acne

Just because you aren’t a teen doesn’t mean you’re free from the dreaded pimple or zit. While you may not want to talk about adult acne, you do want an immediate solution. Olay knows that adult acne requires special care, different from a teenager, so read on to start clearing your skin. 

Get the Right Products

No need to run out and grab every acne treatment in sight. Some acne treatments that may solve a teenager’s acne problem may not properly treat adult acne. Some topical acne treatments can actually be too drying for adult skin. 

  • Cleanse with a lathering gel formula containing salicylic acid to gently exfoliate and regenerate your skin’s surface. It will provide a deep clean without over-drying.

Don’t Stress

Adult life can be stressful. Allowing stress to dominate your life can lead to a weakened immune system. When you’re stressed, your body releases cortisol, a hormone that can cause changes to oil glands. That's why breakouts often occur during stressful periods. Take time to relax through hobbies or exercise.

Watch What You Eat

Highly processed foods can contribute to adult acne. Foods with a high glycemic index (sugar, white flour, candy) can cause blood sugar levels to rise too quickly. This can lead to increased sebum (oil) production, slower exfoliation of dead skin cells and more breakouts. 

Get Sleep

The stress hormone cortisol is typically released after an inadequate night’s sleep. Cortisol breaks down collagen (the skin’s support structure), making skin appear more dull and much more susceptible to breakouts.