Experiencing acne as an adult? We hear ‘ya! We’re offering up positive solutions and the good news that you’re not alone. According to The International Dermal Institute, adults are now experiencing more acne than ever before. In fact, 40% to 55% of adults aged 20-40 are being diagnosed with low grade, persistent acne and oily skin according to clinical studies. In addition, the Journal of American Academy of Dermatology finds that 54% of women, aged 25 years and older, often suffer from some facial acne. [Stats]
But what’s the exact cause of adult acne?
At its root, adult acne is caused by the same factors that cause acne in adolescence—excess sebum and bacteria. According to Healthline, when gland production is normal, your skin appears healthy and even, but too much sebum in a follicle can cause a hardened plug to form, which can then lead to various forms of acne.
In addition, hormonal changes including those brought on by pregnancy, Menstruation, and menopause can even cause acne for women who might not ever dealt with acne.
What’s known as a “sebum plug” caused by an excess amount of sebum works as follows:
“A plug can result from too much sebum production, or dead skin cells that block sebum from reaching the surface. A sebum plug can look like a tiny bump under the surface of the skin or it may stick out through the skin like a grain of sand. When a sebum plug forms, bacteria that normally lives harmlessly on the surface of your skin can start to grow within the follicle. Inflammation follows, causing a breakout. Sebum plugs tend to be precursors for blackheads and whiteheads.” [Source]
But there’s help available according to experts—including amazing products you can use at home. That’s where we come in.
Here are a few tricks and tools-of-trade offered up by estheticians we admire along with the solutions we offer in each category to provide accessible, affordable results at home.
LED Light Therapy
According to celebrity facialist, Joanna Vargas, LED light therapy addresses hormonal acne because it helps heal breakouts while making the skin stronger.
Veil, our acne spot treatment, helps battle blemishes from the outside-in using the non-invasive power of clinical-strength LED blue and led light. This tiny portable tool is a game-changer for big lifetime events and the daily as you can use the light to attack inflammation and bacteria at the very first blemish tingle.
Shani Darden also recommends the use of LED light (for both at-home use and during spa visits with clients like Shay Mitchell) because red and blue light speed up healing, produce skin collagen, and provide a natural glow.
In addition, Shani also recommends the use of heating and cooling paired with sonic vibration to push product into the skin and reap skin calming benefits. See uses Vanity Planet’s Forever Young to promote overall skin wellness and fight the battle against acne on her celebrity clients.
The Right Serums
Shani also recommends the use of hyaluronic acid to help moisturize the skin properly in the acne-fighting process. We couldn’t agree more, in fact, we designed an acne-fight duo to help balance oil production, clarify pores and rehydrate to keep acne-prone skin looking its best.
Our Clear and Hydrate serums work together to refresh, hydrate and gently treat the skin using clean, soothing ingredients for immediate relief and results.
In addition, Kristina Goldenberg, M.D., Dermatologist offers up that consistency is key so finding a program that works for your skin is crucial. Take a look at our helpful fleet of acne treatments and solution-based products to assist with pimples, acne scars, hormonal acne and adult blemishes.