Acne, the scourge of all humanity. The ultimate confidence zapper, tormentor of youth, and major obstacle in between you and your beauty goals.

While often thought to be just a mandatory rite of passage en route to adulthood, many adults have often found themselves perpetually trapped in that phase, where they find their youth ebbing away… but their acne not going anywhere.

How is acne just a temporary visitor for some people in their youth, yet a permanent resident for others, way beyond their teenage years?


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Adult Acne: Demystified

One of the main causes of adult acne has something to do with what you went through as a teenager.

Irregular hormonal levels give rise to increase sebum production, which causes the clogged pores that lead to acne.

These hormonal changes do not just come to a halt after puberty unfortunately. Even in adulthood, factors like menstrual cycles, birth control, pregnancy and menopause make sure that these fluctuations still occur, giving you no respite for your acne woes.

A way to control the production of acne bacteria during these periods (pun intended) in your life is to use products that contain benzoyl peroxide, glycolic acid or exfoliating retinoids.


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Adulting is a Tough Gig

As you transit into adulthood, you might find your stress levels increasing as well. Because with great (spending) power, comes great responsibilities.

When we get stressed, we release this hormone known as cortisol. A surge in your cortisol count causes your oil glands to release more sebum, heightening the likelihood of clogged pores and in turn, acne and blackheads.

It is therefore important to take a breather when things get too rough. You do not want the all your troubles to manifest in the form of acne on your face.

For all users of makeup and beauty products, the composition of these products can also determine the severity of your adult acne.

Strictly only use products that are fragrance-free, and non-comedogenic (do not clog the pores and cause blackheads).

Once you’ve done well to avoid these products, keep an eye out for products containing salicylic acid – and SWEAR by them.


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3 Hits To Stop The Zits

With the chief causes of adult acne now identified, it is only fair that I shed some light on some of the definitive solutions that have been tried and tested, and proven to have bested acne and its derivatives.

Here are 3 of the best ways to vanquish that blemish.

Skin RescueSometimes a niggling acne issue will give rise to other skin ailments like pigmentation or skin redness. This is where this product comes in handy.

This grease-free formula contains an advanced form of Vitamin C that is a triple threat to acne, pigmentation and redness all at the same time, and restores the clarity and vitality to your skin while also hydrating it.

Forever Clear BBL. No prizes for guessing what this treatment does for you. The Broadband Light (BBL) technology is one of the newest offerings in the aesthetics market and is much lauded for its brutal efficiency.

This is a 3-pronged approach that starts with eliminating acne bacteria at its very core, followed by reduction of inflammation and redness, and culminating in the stimulation and acceleration of the natural healing process of the body.

Clear Blue. If you’re feeling a little greedy, and find the previously mentioned 3-step programs insufficient to put you out of your acne-laden misery, Clear Blue is the 5-step therapy you need.

Cleansing, exfoliation, light therapy, facial peels and a collagen mask make up the comprehensive components of this spa treatment… and did I mention it’s a spa treatment?

Would anyone actually say no to waking up to a purified and glowing complexion after a 60-minute nap?


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