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7 Easy Ways to Treat Adult Acne, Pimples, and Blemishes

Let’s face it: adult acne sucks. But there are easy treatments for pimples and blemishes! These ways to get rid of acne and skin blemishes are natural and easy remedies that will help keep your skin healthy.

In a world full of airbrushed celebrities, made-up models, and millions of ads promising to fix our appearance, acne feels like a huge problem. Worse yet, acne in people with darker skin or people of color can result in post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (dark spots, where the skin has overproduced melanin in response to sun and other damage).

These skin care tips will help you prevent that, and treat bad acne.

“I live in my house as I live inside my skin: I know more beautiful, more ample, more sturdy and more picturesque skins: but it would seem to me unnatural to exchange them for mine.” ~ Primo Levi.

You may not want to exchange the skin you live in – but you might want to improve it a bit! If you have bad acne, try the AcneFree Severe Acne Treatment System. If you have severe acne, it’s best to consult a professional dermatologist.

And, here are several treatment tips for bad acne…

Remember that acne prevention is key

Experts will tell you that hormones, genetics, and diet all play a part in acne. Of those three things, the only one you can control is diet – so experiment with it! I found that reducing dairy and refined sugar cleared my skin significantly. You may discover other acne triggers, such as alcohol, gluten, dyes, flavourings, or spices. Watch what you eat, and chart how it affects your pimples and blemishes. Adults – just like teens – are prone to dietary influences.

Don’t make bad acne worse!

Your mom was right: picking is the worst thing for a pimple – whether or not you have darker skin. It’ll be even worse if you’re prone to discoloration or scarring afterwards. If you’ve got a monster on your face, try over-the-counter spot treatments and cold compresses till the swelling goes down, then wait for it to heal. Keep your nails as short and clean as possible (a surprising acne treatment tip for adults!). Don’t rub your face with towels or washcloths.

Stick to mild treatments for acne, pimples, and blemishes

Most large-grained scrubs, even ones marketed for acne, will be too harsh for darker skin or people of colour. You could end up with widespread discoloration if you rub too hard. Chemical exfoliants can also do a lot of damage if used at full strength, and can cause irritation that looks like a chemical burn. Your best bet is to pick a gentle exfoliant and dilute it with nonmedicated moisturizers or facial cleansers, such as Phisoderm or Cetaphil products.

Know it’s never too late to treat pimples – even if you have hyperpigmentation

Sun exposure will make dark spots darker, so always wear sunscreen — no matter how dark your skin is. Try buying travel-seized bottles of several brands to find one that doesn’t irritate your skin or make you break out. Make sure it’s oil-free and non-comedogenic. I have darker skin, and have had good luck with Kiehl’s facial cleanser, Neutrogena acne therapy, and Clinique acne solutions cleansing bar. If you wear makeup, look for foundations with SPF. Wear a hat for another layer of protection from the sun.

Use chemicals to even out hyperpigmented skin or blemishes

A number of companies have products for acne that will slowly help to fade hyperpigmentation. Nars skin cleanser, Clarins exfoliating cleanser, and Murad acne cleanser can help treat adult acne and pimples. Try to get samples before you buy so that you can see if they irritate your skin.

Play up your skin’s assets

You may want to camouflage your acne while waiting for treatment to start showing effects. People who have darker skin may find this trickier, because if your makeup isn’t an exact match it will just draw attention. Whatever you use, make sure it is a precise color-match to the skin on your jawline, not your hand. Cream or mousse foundations will be less obvious than powder, and will blend better than liquid on oily skin. If you don’t use makeup, at least pick up some blotting paper or film – this goes for both genders! Removing the sheen will make your skin look better right away.

For more tips for treating acne and pimples, read How to Look Beautiful Without Makeup – 5 Natural Beauty Secrets.

Be patient when you’re treating acne

Remember that rushing acne treatment before or after a breakout is likely to cause another breakout. Be kind to your skin by protecting it from the sun — and perhaps learning how the sun contributes to skin cancer.

If you’re looking for ways to fix bad acne, you might find Beautiful Skin Revealed: The Ultimate Guide to Better Skin helpful.

And if you have any thoughts about these adult acne treatment tips, please comment below…

About the author: Premee Mohamed is an Alberta-based environmental professional who is working at a metal refinery while waiting for NASA to approve her application to go to Pluto. Follow her on Twitter at @premmeridian.


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2 thoughts on “7 Easy Ways to Treat Adult Acne, Pimples, and Blemishes”

  1. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

    Thanks for your acne treatment tip, Dave! I didn’t know that rubbing your face with towels or washcloths can make acne worse…but I do remember getting mad at my husband when he used my facecloth to dry the dishes when we went camping! 🙂

  2. Useful tips. I love these kind of articles.
    “Don’t rub your face with towels or washcloths.” – That’s new. 😀