Fighting acne and ageing at the same time is a tricky thing. As you get older you probably think acne breakouts are problems of the past and having both feels like insult added to injury. It is horrifying to be getting wrinkles and spots at the same time. However, increasing populations of adults are having acne issues alongside ageing skin issues which cause embarrassment and frustration. As you get older it becomes harder to fight both. You cannot treat your skin as you did when you were young because it is less elastic than it was and it simply cannot recover as quickly. Also, both issues require very different treatments. Adult acne is generally caused by stress, diet and hormones. Ageing can also be accelerated by these factors. Smoking and alcohol consumption particularly exacerbate both conditions. Following are 5 tips for helping your skin combat both adult acne and ageing:
- Eat well balanced food
Your diet is crucial to your skin health. Avoid dairy, processed carbohydrates and food loaded with trans-fats. Eat more lean protein (particularly fish) and whole grains to stabilize your hormones and prevent breakouts. Ensure you eat regular meals with vegetables, fruits and do drink plenty of water. Use honey instead of sugar, drink green tea instead of coffee and find supplements for dairy products instead. All this will help both the ageing symptoms and the breakouts caused by diet or hormone changes.
- Use Oil based Moisturisers and Cleansers
One of the problems with ageing is that skin gets drier and often dehydrated. This can actually be the root cause of both breakouts and wrinkles. Stop stripping the skin with harsh cleansers. Try something softer and more gentle and preferably natural. Coconut oil is just plain magic. It works to fight aging and hormonal issues when used as food and is also a great topical oil to use to replace moisturiser. It is a great oil to cook with and oil is very important in the diet to keep the skin moisturised and supple. To cleanse your skin look at replacing your chemical cleansers which often strip the skin with a 1/3rd castor oil to 2/3rd sunflower oil mix. Massage it onto your face and then steam it off with a clean hot cloth. It works to remove dirt from the pores and also keeps moisture in the skin. Head to this link for a great guide to making your own oil based cleanser. http://www.theoilcleansingmethod.com/ These oils work wonders on your skin. Not only are they natural and have healing properties, if regularly applied they can erase the lines and wrinkles gradually while preventing new ones from being formed. When massaged into your skin they make it soft and give a more youthful appearance.
Honey is a great skin treatment. It is full of anti-bacterial properties and unclogs pores which make it perfect for acne prevention and treatment. It also has the added benefit of antioxidants which prevent ageing. Not only that it, is extremely moisturising and soothing which gives you a glowing complexion. When applied on the skin it can get rid of your wrinkles. Clean and cleanse your skin before applying honey so that the pores are open and it can be naturally absorbed.
- Tea tree oil
If you have acne you have probably heard of benzoyl peroxide, which fights bacteria on your skin. Unfortunately, treatments that contain this are too harsh for an ageing skin as it dries it out further. Tea tree oil is best for adult acne it fights the bacteria causing skin issues and suppresses the inflammation on the skin.
- Learn to manage your stress
Stress hormones i.e. cortisol have been found to increase inflammation of skin cells and stimulate the oil glands. And it also increases weight gain. Not a fun hormone to have floating around. Meditation, a massage, jogging, yoga and swimming are some exercises that can help work out your stress without affecting your skin. Also try and eliminate stress where possible. Address situations that are causing it and try to look after yourself by taking time out to enjoy and relax. If the above is not enough then also look at reducing your dairy consumption, diminishing salt intake and eating less refined carbs. Do not scour and scrub your skin but cleanse it softly. Cinnamon, turmeric, lemon juice and tomato pulp are also great for treating adult acne. Sandalwood water and apple cider vinegar among others can be used with olive oil to heal your skin after acne treatment.