When you’re an adult struggling with zits and pimples, your skin can become a major source of stress. And let's face it: when you’re desperate for clear skin, you don’t always navigate the dozens of products and advice with a level head.
It’s no wonder many adults sometimes slip up when caring for their acne. To the 50 million Americans affected by acne, here are five common mistakes—and how to avoid them for a future with clear, healthy skin.
Patience and persistence during acne treatment are crucial. Unlike teen skin, acne in adults is more persistent so it’s unlikely that you’ll see immediate improvement. While that’s hard to hear, for your skin’s sake—commit to the long game. Healthy skin is worth the wait.
Don’t abandon products before they’ve had a chance to work. The skin needs time to react, heal, and adjust to a new wash, serum, or treatment. This process typically takes between two to three months before the product’s compatibility is revealed.
In order to experience a product’s potential it’s important to be regularly using the product—not surprising. The skin appreciates routine. Keep your to-do list easy to remember by applying products morning and night, in between coffee making, teeth brushing, and lights out.
Everyone’s skincare should include four key elements: cleanse, hydrate, treat, and protect. Morning and night. Don’t over wash or under moisturize. Always apply SPF before you leave the house.
Busy schedules and lazy Sundays keep many of us from tossing the sheets in the wash on a regular basis, but your dirty linens may be affecting your skin. A hot wash eliminates the skin-clogging debris and provides your skin with a fresh place to rest.