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the truth about adult acne and how to cure it

Beauty Glossary: Adult Acne

Clinical studies indicate that between 40 and 55% of the adult population aged 20 – 40 are diagnosed with a low grade, persistent acne and oily skin. No longer just a teen concern, over the last few years adult acne has become a hot topic for the beauty industry. It's now acknowledged as a common skin disorder which is often more persistent than the teen version. Unfortunately, scarring is also more prevalent due to the skin’s inability to repair itself because of ageing.

There are four main factors which contribute to acne – overactive sebaceous glands, cell accumulation, bacteria and inflammation. In order to control acne, all four must be targeted. Ok, so read more for the science bit...

By inhibiting the activity of overactive sebaceous glands, (by using products that dry this out) the food source for the bacteria is eliminated, along with oily shine. To control cell accumulation, natural exfoliation needs to be stimulated superficially. Exfoliating to remove surface skin cells which have not been shed is key. By controlling bacteria on the skin’s surface and in the follicle, the source of fatty acids which contribute to irritation can also be controlled.

Finally, to help keep inflammation caused by adult acne under control, the application of topical anti-inflammatory repair agents, botanicals and humectants should be used to help the healing process and soothe inflamed skin.

Many products designed to banish acne have a high alcohol content and can be overly harsh, especially on mature, ageing skin. Recently, though, many brands have introduced specialised products to target adult acne, whilst still smoothing fine lines and adding radiance to skin. I'm going to be writing about the best of these, so keep your eyes peeled...

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