(HealthyResearch.com) – We all want glowingly clear skin. But sometimes concerns like pimples and blackheads get in the way of our complexion goals.
Different options, from following certain types of diets to consulting a dermatologist, have become increasingly popular among those seeking skin-care solutions. And the good news: There are some skin-care hacks that just might work for you.
What Causes Acne in Adults?
Although zits and pimples can start as young as age 12, acne can occur in adults as well, according to the American Academy of Dermatology Association. You can find yourself confronting acne outbreaks well beyond your teens, from your 20s and 30s to 40s and 50s. Women tend to get what’s known as adult-onset acne more often than men.
Acne can result from various causes, including:
- A hormonal imbalance. This often occurs due to menstruation, pregnancy, menopause and changes in birth control pills or other hormonal contraception.
- Stress. A boost in your body’s production of a type of hormone known as androgens, which causes your hair follicles and oil glands to be stimulated, can result in acne.
- Your genes. If a parent or other close relative has acne, you may be more apt to experience adult-onset acne.
- Certain medications. Some of your prescription meds may have acne as a side effect. Be sure to talk with your health care provider if you think a new medication might be the cause of your acne.
What’s the Simplest Skin-Care Hack?
Some skin-care hacks for a clear complexion may be as simple as changing what product you use. Those who want to clear up their adult-onset acne need to become experts in reading labels when it comes to both hair care and skin-care products.
There are four terms that should appear on your skin-care and hair care products:
- Non-comedogenic (meaning the product will not result in blocked pores).
- Non-acnegenic, (meaning the product is less apt to result in acne flare-ups or pimples).
- Won’t clog pores.
Pimple Patches: A New Skin-Care Hack?
There’s a new skin-care hack when it comes to achieving a clear complexion, and that’s pimple patches. Could pimple patches solve your acne woes?
Dr. Lavanya Krishnan explained to Healthline that pimple patches are designed to help with the form of acne that’s on the surface, called superficial acne. If you have cystic acne, which is a deeper type, acne patches aren’t the best solution.
Acne patches focus on easing “the superficial kind of acne, like pus-filled bumps, blackheads, and whiteheads,” explained the board-certified dermatologist. “It’s unlikely these patches penetrate to the level that will be able to help cystic acne.”
The key ingredient in acne patches is hydrocolloid, which helps to dry out pimples. The patches protect your skin from issues that could make your pimples worse, such as picking, sun, and bacteria.
Tips for Using Acne Patches
If you decide to try a pimple patch, Dr. Krishnan advises checking the ingredient list to see that it contains salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide. She views those two ingredients as “staples” for treating acne. As for when to use those patches, clean and dry your face first, then put on the acne patches.
Ultimately, we’ve come a long way since sufferers of acne weren’t sure what to do about their pimples and zits. Simple changes, such as switching one shampoo brand for another, can make a difference when it comes to achieving acne-free skin. And if that doesn’t work, the hottest new hack, pimple patches, just might be the answer to the search for a clear complexion.
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