Adult acne, hormonal breakouts and pimples – they’re way more common than you think (especially with the gals)!
The biggest culprit is… HORMONES!
Menstrual cycles, coming off the pill, falling pregnant, breastfeeding, menopause and stress all trigger hormone changes where androgens are produced. And this can wreak havoc when it comes to your skin.
You’ll find that hormonal acne is usually in the bottom half of your face, especially around your jawline.
Air pollution – City life is fun but the country air is better for your skin. City pollution can place a layer of crud on your face that clogs up pores faster than a wet wipe flushed down the toilet.
Overdoing the skincare – Yep too much of a good thing is bad. The most common is over cleansing and over exfoliating. You can’t scrub pimples away! Be mindful of using too much makeup too (if your makeup is poor quality, it’s just as bad as air pollution).
Food Sensitivities – The evidence is still a little fuzzy but in our personal experience it plays a role. Now, finding the foods which are an issue can take some time but two common ones are dairy and grains (especially wheat).
Sugar– Sugar spikes your insulin which triggers your body to produce androgens which causes more oil production.
Vitamin deficiency – If you’re missing some key vitamins and minerals from your diet, it can mean breakout city. Some of the vitamins that are closely linked to adult acne are Vitamins A, D, E, zinc and magnesium.
Naturally Oily Skin – Some of us are just a bit unlucky and our skin is naturally oily. The good news is that those of us with oily skin will get less fine lines as we get older.
The best products for your adult acne depends on your skin type. Let’s break it down.
If this is you, the good news is thateverything you need is in our sample pack for Adult Acne (the scrub is an optional extra!). How very convenient… :)
If you’ve got dry or normal skin and you’re breaking out, you’ll use similar products but with a bit of a twist.
Instead of choosing the mask for oily/combination skin, you should use the Pig In Mud Mineral Mask for normal/dry/sensitive skin. The other one might be a touch too drying for you. Now this might sound a little strange for some but our sample pack for Teen Skin is the best place for you to start.These are our gentlest blemish-busting and skin balancing products, even if you're not a teenager anymore.
You might also want to try our super-moisturising Cloud 9 Deep Cleansing Balm too (it's also available in sample size).
(For the non-vegans - you can still use your oily/combination mask, it won’t go to waste - just mix it with a little honey or greek yoghurt to make sure it doesn’t cause dryness).
And make sure you do your mask and scrub on different days to avoid overdoing things.
By following your 3 Step routine (cleanse/tone/moisturise) twice a day, and throwing in some mineral mask and sugar scrub action twice a week each, you’re giving your skin every chance to beat those breakouts.
But don’t forget - there’s more to it than just skincare! You’ll still have to have a stab at following our 12 tips.
If your acne is hormonal then it may never completely go away but you WILL reduce the number of pimples you’re getting and they’ll heal a LOT faster and without leaving long-lasting marks.
Here’s to makeup-free days, just because you can :)