We all want beautiful, healthy looking skin at any age, and when looking in the mirror in the morning makes us want to hide under the bed sheet, it’s time to learn more about the causes of acne in adults and teenagers and what we can do to eliminate the problem and enjoy flawless, healthy looking skin 24/7.
Our skin represents us daily and reflects not only what is happening on the outside of our bodies but also what’s happening on the inside. Our skin is very unforgiving and constantly sending messages to attract our attention when there is a problem inside or outside of our body.
Acne is a problem not only experienced by teenagers as it can turn up in your 30’s and 50’s or any other time in our lives. Did you know that almost 50% of adults well into their 30’s suffer from acne?
However, there is a difference between adult acne and acne in teenagers. Where teenage acne usually shows up on the forehead or the cheeks, adults generally experience acne breakouts around the moth and the chin.
A teenager is usually affected during puberty or once the sebaceous glands start their production. It generally affects boys more than girls and treatments options include Benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid as these are the two best products to treat acne.
So, no big difference you may think, right? Wrong! There is a significant difference in treatment of adult acne vs teenage acne as the skin of a 14 year old is quite different to that of a 30 year old.
Teenagers usually have thicker skin and our skin loses its thickness with age making it thinner and more sensitive.
There are two main forms of acne which are known and referred to as acne rosacea and acne vulgaris.
Acne vulgaris appears when there is an issue with the sebum (oil) production and circulation and it often appears during adult years. Acne vulgaris tends to produce blackheads (dead cells blocking the pores) and whiteheads (blocked pores due to increased oil build-up). Hormonal acne issues often affect women who are on certain contraceptives or who have stopped taking the contraceptive pill. Acne rosacea on the other hand generally affects women between the age of 20-30 and men between the age of 40-50.
Usually accompanied by redness, blind heads (papules, painful red lumps beneath the surface) and yellow headed pimples (pustules, inflammation and pus – the classic form of pimple) and flushing of the skin.
Other forms of acne can occur due to medical conditions, inflammation, bacteria, high-carb diets, hormonal issues such as PCOS (Polycystic ovarian syndrome) which can affect oil production, and cause acne flare-ups.
Whether you are a young boy, teenage girl or an adult suffering from acne, the most important ways to keep acne at bay is a daily morning cleanse and night-time double cleanse regime to remove dead cells, unclog pores, and remove make-up and dirt, a possible change in your eating habits and the avoidance of foods that cause you inflammation and acne flare-ups, regularly changing bedsheets and towels to reduce bacteria, prescription medication or over-the-counter topical solutions or antibiotics etc. It is also important that you refrain from touching your face and avoid scratching or squeezing. Sunscreen is essential but you must find the right one for your personal skin type. Acne sufferers with oily skin need to exfoliate, while patients with dry skin need moisturizing. More sensitive skin types suffering from acne should use a calming product. What works for someone else might not work for you depending on cause, age, severity and other factors.
Regular facials to unclog your pores, reduce congestion and allow the treatment regime to target affected areas more precisely are crucial.
Treating acne is essential for the avoidance of dark spots and scarring. Depending on the severity there are several Ingredients to help fight acne which include: Benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, retinoids, isotretinoin, tea tree oil, BHA’s and AHA’s or even antibiotics.
Most treatments are topical and work against bacteria and excess oil production. In certain cases, your beautician or dermatologist may recommend laser treatment and chemical peelings.
You should continue your treatment even after skin clears and don’t expect overnight results, it may take a few weeks to see visible changes in your acne.
So how can acne be successfully managed with TONIC Skin Care Products?
TONIC offers a large range of skin care products designed for each skin type. After your cleansing routine, the TONIC Advanced Acne Blemish Cream is the ideal product to help eliminate breakouts. Its unique composition of natural, active ingredients such as Benzoyl Peroxide help control oil production, limiting bacterial infection and inflammation with a soothing and calming effect on your skin. Here is a list of the TONIC Advanced Acne Blemish Cream ingredients beneficial to your acne skin care routine:
Benzoyl Peroxide – which is the number 1 acne treating ingredient, eliminates black heads, pimples, whiteheads and blemishes and fights acne causing bacteria
Tazman Pepper – derived from the Tasmanian Pepper fruit with its high source of antioxidants, has a calming and soothing effect on the skin and reduces inflammation
Liquorice Extract – which offers antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory properties, high in antioxidants and suitable for all skin types
Brown Seaweed – reduces the production of cells that trigger an inflammation (large, red and sore pimples.) by 60% and enhances healing.
Witch Hazel – helps against swelling, sores and infection, strong antioxidant with properties that are perfect for killing the bacteria that lives within the skin’s pores, thus stopping cellular damage and accelerating healing process.
Allantoin – softens and protects the skin, soothes and stimulates cell regeneration and is non-irritating and has the ability to stimulate growth of healthy skin tissue.
*All ingredients are certified organic, include no harmful chemicals.