You’re in good company
Once we reach our mid-twenties, we may not expect to look in the mirror and see pimples. But before you groan, “What’s this? I’m not a teenager anymore!” …take comfort in the fact that you’re not alone. It’s estimated that a quarter of Canadian men, and as many as half of all Canadian women, suffer from acne at some point between the ages of 25 and 50.
Adult acne is caused by the same factors as teenage acne: excess sebum, clogged pores and P. acnes bacteria combine to create comedones (blackheads and whiteheads). So Benzagel®—with its proven acne-fighting benzoyl peroxide—is still the most effective over-the-counter treatment for adult acne.
However, the triggers for adult acne can be different. Experts agree that the primary contributors to acne outbreaks for adults are stress, hormones, and the wrong cosmetics.
Cosmetics and skin care
Having acne-prone skin means that your pores have a harder time dealing with potential clogging, whether it’s from your own natural oils (sebum) or the products you apply to your skin. Because your skin needs special care, there are three important practices to help you avoid episodes of adult acne.
The first is to ensure that any cosmetics or lotions you use are formulated for acne-prone skin. They should be clearly labeled as “non-comedogenic,” or “non-acnegenic.” The second is to protect your skin from the damaging effects of the sun. Always wear a good non-clogging sun block. The third important practice is to use a gentle cleansing wipe to clean your skin and clear your pores at least daily. Benzagel® Cleansa-Wipes, formulated for acne-prone oily or regular skin, are perfect for this daily regimen.
A healthy lifestyle starts with healthy sleep
As any teenage girl will tell you two days before prom—stress can cause acne outbreaks. But the stresses experienced in adult life are very different. With the increased responsibilities of adulthood, stress can be ongoing rather than occasional. So how do you deal with it?
One key piece of advice is to get enough sleep. According to a study of the relationship between sleep deprivation and stress, for every hour of sleep you are short, your stress risk increases by 14%. On the other hand, being well-rested helps you get through the day calmly.
Another good way to keep your stress levels low is to keep your exercise routines up. Whatever you do to get exercise, whether heading to the gym or taking a good walk, do it regularly, and make time to fit it into your schedule. You’ll feel better for it—and look better, too!