Why are you breaking out?

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A common misconception is that breakout only affect teenagers, but more than ever, adults are experiencing breakouts and the rise of acne is being linked to chronic stress, hormonal changes, lifestyles and environment - all connected to the modern day lifestyle where are bodies are trying to tell us there are some abnormalities.

Sally Penford, the Director of Education comments: Some of us are born with a genetic pre-disposition for acne, meaning our skin is more prone to oilness, blackheads and breakouts which are likely to develop during that big hormonal shift at puberty and then potentially stay with us through adulthood to some degree.

However, many of us may not have been spotty as a teen but then all of a sudden we start breaking out in our 30's or 40's. This is usually due to factors such as increased stress levels, diet, including high glycaemic and dairy foods, poor sleep, medications, UV exposure and pollution plus female hormonal fluctuations from the monthly cycle, birth control, pregnancy and menopause.

Teen Acne Vs Adult Acne

Treating adult breakouts require a grown up formulation. Anti-acne products designed for teens tend to be too aggressive for adult skin leaving it sensitised and dehydrated which can accelerate premature skin ageing too.

Skin Tips for Treating Acne

- Double Cleanse daily to ensure dirt, makeup and pollutants are removed from the pores. As cell renewal slows with age, this contributes to cellular build up and congestion creating the perfect environment for spot causing bacteria to thrive.

- Keep pores clear by exfoliating regularly with Salicylic Acid formulas as this hydroxy acid is attracted to oil and is effective at clearing congestion.

- Include targeted serums or spot treatments to use locally on affected areas to speed the clearing and healing time of breakouts.

- Look for hydrating formulas that tackle post inflammatory hyperpigmentation alongside clearing breakouts.

- Defend skin from UV rays and pollution, both can acerbate the appearance of adult breakouts and skin ageing.