Do you suffer from unsightly adult acne? If your answer to this question is, yes, don’t fret; you’re not the only one.
Did you know that one in five women between ages 25-40 experience adult acne? Well, they do so we caught up with Trilogy’s in-house beauty expert, Corinne Morely (pictured), for some helpful advice on how to tackle it head on, and for advice on which Trilogy products to use.
Q: Help – I’m not a teenager so why do I still get spots?
A: Adult acne is generally caused by sebum, an oily substance produced by the skin’s sebaceous glands. Sebum can clog pores, attracting bacteria and causing inflammation. Breakouts are usually a result of overproduction of sebum, caused by hypersensitivity or hormonal imbalance or change.
As well as monthly fluctuations in hormone levels, women experience major hormonal changes during pregnancy, perimenopause and menopause, which is why these are key times in life that we often see adult acne appear. Some medications can also play a contributing role.
Stress is another factor which can cause your sebaceous glands to get carried away, resulting in breakouts at times of acute stress. Chronic, long-term stress can cause hormonal changes leading to oilier, spot-prone skin.
Q: What can I do to prevent a blemish emergency?
A: The right balance and blend of natural oils in your skincare is not only beneficial, but essential for a healthy, beautiful complexion. People with oily skin often use too harsh a cleanser which strips away oil while also destroying the skin’s protective mantle. This leads to a vicious cycle of oil overproduction and uncomfortable surface tautness.
Exfoliate gently! Stay away from harsh facial scrubs and anything which has rough abrasives in it. Look for natural AHA, kaolin clay and jojoba microspheres which gently polish away any debris.
If hormones are making your skin sensitive or reactive, an SOS product such as Trilogy Very Gentle Calming Serum can be worth its weight in gold. A delicate blend of pure plant ingredients specially chosen to soothe fragile or irritated skin, it helps to calm inflammation.
And if prevention fails and you find yourself in an emergency situation, call in the big guns and grab your Trilogy Blemish Control Gel!
Trilogy Blemish Control Gel can be added to any skincare regime as a go-to treatment, but for oily and combinations skins, ideal products to use in conjunction with it are Trilogy Balancing Gel Cleanser, Trilogy Rosehip Oil Antioxidant+ , and Trilogy Balancing Face Lotion.