“Female adult acne”, as it’s known by dermatologists, is an increasingly common condition. But what can be done to help prevent it?
The root of the problem
Every day, your skin is subjected to conditions that disrupt its natural ecosystem, such as stress, pollution, excessive cleansing, and overly rich creams. As a defence, the skin produces sebum in order to protect itself from these irritants. But excessive sebum can clog pores, resulting in a dull complexion and the appearance of blemishes.
A gentle approach
The best way to disguise imperfections and prevent future ones is by using a cream designed to target all types of imperfections, including blackheads, pores, shine-prone skin and uneven skin tone. For women with problem skin, catwalk make-up artist Diane suggests first to make sure to cleanse your face thoroughly to remove any excess sebum that may clog pores. Then follow using a “purifying salicylic acid cream on a daily basis” under make-up. If you feel your make-up may be causing sensitivity and causing breakouts, then make sure it’s hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic. A thorough routine should help to minimise blemishes from appearing, and in the meantime, make sure to highlight your best features such as eyes to draw attention away from affected areas.
True or false: can certain foods cause blemishes?
There is no scientific evidence linking junk food, cold meats, fatty products or chocolate to blemishes. However, the American Journal of Dermatology recently published a claim saying there are increasing concerns about over-indulging in dairy products and its impact on the skin. Why? Milk contains natural hormones which appear to instruct the sebaceous glands to produce more sebum. So a genetic predisposition to skin imperfections combined with regular consumption of dairy products would seem to be a recipe for recurring shininess and spots. However, as with all these claims we recommend you seek out a dermatologist or qualified nutritionist who may be able to find a link to your diet.