How to Treat Acne, Adult Acne?

Posted on November 22, 2015 at 2:05 PM


Blemishes=Breakouts=Acne,pimples, means the same.

I decided to choose this subject this month, because lately I see more and more adults and adolescents are affected by Acne.They must realize, the  cause of Acne can be a combination of life-style, hormonal changes and the list below.

A little science about Acne: Oily skin is characterized by an over-production of sebum (oil) and feels thicker than dry or normal skin. The sebaceousglands, located in each hair follicle produce oil that lubricates the skin. They are found on face, back, chest and shoulders. The oily skin has enlarged  pores (follicles) that may be filled with dirt and grease. If some of the oil becomes trapped, bacteria multiply in the hair follicle and the skin becomes  inflamed, that’s what we call Acne.


 Oily skin and Acne caused by a combination of factors:

 - During adolescence (puberty) there may be an imbalance of hormones or increase in hormone levels, androgen (male sex hormone) stimulates the  production of sebum and keratin, which leads to clogged pores. Both sexes can suffer from acne at this age.

 - A diet rich in saturated fats and oils, hydrogenated fats (junk food) and animal products may contribute to the oily condition of the skin.

 - A hot, humid climate may also stimulate the sebaceous glands to produce more sebum.

 - Heredity of oily skin.

 - Allergies, for example to dairy products.

 - Stress can promote hormonal changes and cause flare-ups.

 - Monthly menstrual cycles.

 - Over-washing and rubbing of the skin (ph alkaline, more on this later).

 - The use of cosmetics or creams rich in fats.

 - If you start using a product, use it within 3-6 months, after that bacteria can set in. Use spatula when you take your creams out of the jar.

 - Hygiene, not regularly cleaned make-up sponges, brushes, pillowcases.

 - Skin is our largest organ, toxic waste escapes through sweating. Disruption of this mechanism can also cause acne.

 - Smoking is toxic, therefore can cause Acne

 - Avoid wearing tight clothing (turtlenecks, scarves); friction makes pimples more likely to rupture.

 - Don’t shave the Acne infected area.

 - Our skin should be slightly acidic 5.5-ph balance, this is our protective layer against bacteria.When the ph is higher than 5.5 or too alkaline, it becomes as a breeding ground for acne causing bacteria.

 What can you do to prevent acne or to reduce existing acne?

 During my 26 years in this field, I saw many adolescents or adults suffer from this condition. I had the most success with the ones who followed my  advice, used their products, had their regular Facial treatments and changed their diet and life-style. In my mind, I called them the "believers", their  skin  improved sooner. The others, the "non-believers", went on to take some strong drugs, like Accutane (side effects: nosebleeds, liver  damage, birth defects) or just simply gave up. Don’t get me wrong, I know what I can or can’t fix. So, if I see a client with a cystic acne, I for  sure will  send him or her to a  doctor, but not everybody has to run to a doctor and take pills right away. I will list hereafter all the things I experienced in my years to help treating acne. Some  will be surprising!

 First of all, you should always seek help of an esthetician, but not just any esthetician. The one who knows how to treat acne, how to properly clean,  exfoliate the skin and knows how to do proper extractions (using lancets or other sterilized tools if it is necessary to clean out the pores). My  experience here in  Luxembourg,  and also in the States, was that a lot of skin care professionals don’t know how to do extractions or they are afraid  to do it. It is easier  to put on cream after cream or mask after mask, but unfortunately this will not help your acne prone skin. When you find  someone good, you should  see her at least  once a month, but you may need a weekly session for a while, especially if you have a bad case of  acne (with a cystic acne, she will  advise you to  seek a help of a dermatologist).

 Second, you have to find a good product-line, the one you like and the one that is especially good for treating your acne. I, of course, will only  recommend organic products (remember, one cause of acne can be from toxins, and chemicals are toxins)! Many years ago, I also used some other  than organic lines and some were better than others. Make a smart decission!

 Third, always wash your hands before applying the products and, during the day, don’t touch your skin and, please, don’t pick your skin. Picking,  squeezing or scratching blemishes may cause scarring. Acne – if you follow the advice bellow - will heal, but scars will not or it will take you a longer  time and a lot of money to get read of them.

 Fourth, using cleanser and toner at morning and at night is very important. Gel/foaming cleansers are the best to treat acne, to remove dirt and  excess oil. Toners also help remove residues, kill acne-causing bacteria and put the protective shield (5.5 ph balance) back.

 5. Using a special day cream for acne prone skin and if you spend a lot of time outdoors use one with an SPF30 (15 minutes of sunshine each day without  SPF is good). Application of make-up (with a regularly cleaned and sanitized sponge and brushes)

 6. Night routine: cleanse again wit your cleanser, even twice if it is necessary, but don’t rub your skin too much. (too much rubbing and scrubbing and  hand towels can spread bacteria, avoid using them as long as your acne persists). Toner: spray some on a cotton ball and wipe your face with it,  then spray it on your face one more time.

 7. If you have a daily exfoliator for acne, I advice that you use it at night, because your skin will rest and breathe better at night. Next, use your night  serum and cream for acne prone /oily skin, of course no SPF.

 8. Once/ twice a week or between your facial treatments, you may also use a Mud mask or special Acne masks. Don’t overuse them though, it can  over dry your skin. You can use your Acne mask as spot treatment more frequently (only on the pimple or only where you have most of your  breakouts). 

 The following ingredients in products are great for treating Acne:

  Aloe Vera Juice: heals and calms irritated skin

  Carrot: heals and contains Vit A, a natural exfoliant

  Chamomile: soothing and regenerating

  Cucumber: tones and shrinks skin pores

  Eucalyptus Oil: antiseptic healer

  Glycolic Acid: loosens dead skin cells

  Honey: mild antiseptic, nourishing

  Kaolin Clay: draws out impurities

  Lavender: antiseptic

  Menthol: antiseptic and calming

  Peppermint: antiseptic and calming

  Sage: tones and antiseptic

  Salicylic Acid: gentle exfoliant, removes impurities and shrinks pores

  Stone Crop: reduces inflammation

  Zinc Oxide: reduces inflammation, healing and blocks UV rays

  Peppermint: antiseptic and calming

  Tea tree Oil: antiseptic and anti-inflammatory

  Yogurt: exfoliating, contains lactic acid

 And many more fruits, vegetables and herbs contain incredible ingredients, which can reduce inflammation and aid healing.


 What to eat to help your oily, inflamed skin?

 Eat a diet that is high in fiber. It is important to keep the colon clean and ridding the body of toxins. Eat foods rich in Zinc, soybeans, whole grains,  shellfish and small amount of raw nuts. A diet low in Zinc may promote flare-ups. Eat a lot of low-fat yogurt. Say no to: sugars, butter, caffeine,  cheese, alcohol, chocolate, cream, fat, fried foods, spicy foods, saturated or hydrogenated oils, meat, wheat, soft drinks. In my opinion a vegan diet is the best to  cure Acne, but of course not everybody can became vegan or vegetarian over night. Reducing meat in our diet will already help!

 I hope this will help You to better understand Acne and how to treat it! If you live in Washington, DC :)please do not hesitate to  contact me.

Peace, Lilla 

Categories: Facial Treatments

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Reply Jules
4:19 PM on November 24, 2015 
Great post, really well put and good information - I will definitely be using these tips!
Reply ★ Owner
7:03 AM on November 25, 2015 
Thank you for your nice words! I hope it will help you to achive a beautiful skin! Let me know if you need help finding the right products for your skin! Regards, Lilla
Reply Tatyana
12:51 PM on November 25, 2015 
Great article, Lilla. I always took your advise seriously, including monthly facials, and it helped me get rid of my adult acne. No more staying home because of my break-outs. I am forever thankful.
Reply ★ Owner
9:41 AM on November 27, 2015 
Thank you Tatyana, I am happy that I could help you!
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About fifteen days ago I found this article on the internet, and start using the remedies that you repeat, I have no new outbreaks of acne and my condition has improved rmuchisimo
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Thank you! Best wishes for achieving a healthy, beautiful skin!
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