Does Acne Go Away Over Time?

It’s a question many may wonder, does acne go away over time? The short answer is, yes, but this depends. We know, kind of not the answer you were looking for. Acne itself is genetic and it’s easy to link acne with youth because of its association with hormonal changes. Lots of contributing factors here: pubescence, teenage oily skin, stress, and poor diet in our 20s are all contributors to breakouts or even cystic acne.

But let’s say you’re in your 30s or 40s and you’re still dealing with acne, it’s like your skin is playing some awful trick on you. It’s okay to approach the rest of your life with optimism, of course, because if you’re here that means you’re ready to make a change…right Clean Beauty babes? Acne after a certain age can stop depending on what you continue to do. What you put into your body and what acne products you’re using – we’ll also cover some of the worst acne products as well, so you know what to cut off completely.

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According to Dr. Carl Thornfeldt, “Twenty-six percent of 40-year-olds and 12% of 50-year-olds suffer from acne, and 10% of females have oily skin from puberty on through their whole life.” According to one review, 26% of women aged 31-40 suffered from acne, while 12% of 41–50-year-old women had clinical acne, and the majority of female adult acne sufferers had persistent acne from adolescence on (Zeichner JA, Baldwin HE, Cook-Bolden FE, Eichenfield LF, Fallon-Friedlander S, Rodriguez DA. Emerging issues in adult female acne).

Something to consider, stress is a catalyst that can play a role in aggravating the condition. Genetics plays a large part as well. Hormonal changes as a result of pregnancy can affect adult acne, worsening or improving the condition. Another hormonal change that can affect adult acne is stopping the usage of birth control pills, as well as premenstrual hormonal fluctuation. What can you do about it? For starters, take a look at what you’re consuming and your daily habits. See if things have changed, see what works and what doesn’t. When looking for products to buy you want to look for exfoliating, pore cleaning OTC products, or start right here with Clean Beauty. In addition to that, we recommend looking for products that contain bisabolol, an active ingredient derived from chamomile extract that helps to soothe redness and reduce inflammation.

The Encapsulated Retinol Serum will always be my favorite with key ingredients like Cylasphere Retinol, Cariciline SB, Organic Helichrysum Extract and Bisabolol. The best thing you can do for yourself is create an acne-fighting skincare routine, this is an important step to achieving that great skin you’re longing for. It’s easy to become a product junkie when you’re trying to find what works. The media also plays a significant role in pushing certain brands and/or products that are just not good for your skin. Acne products such as ProActiv, Murad Acne Complex, St. Ives Medicated Scrub all have some pretty bad reviews and have been proven to be ineffective at treating acne breakouts. Most users cite skin irritation and other problems from the products. We’re sure you have a list of bad products, too.

Another thing to note is your shampoo. Yes, shampoo can cause acne. If you struggle with pimples around your hairline some hair care products contain pore-clogging oils. Something important worth noting is that acne can be managed as you age but you have to do the hard work in helping to keep it at bay. Ever sit at work and rub your hand across your face, chin or eyes? This can also contribute to breakouts. It may seem like a quick fix but picking and squeezing blemishes can cause infections and scarring. Instead, we recommend applying a pimple patch daily and keeping your hands and fingers to yourself.

We hope we answered your question. If not, feel free to schedule a consultation with Anakarina today.

Written by Stephanie M.
Photo by Kindel Media

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