11 Makeup Mistakes That Can Cause Acne

IF you're one of the lucky ones, you'll have waved goodbye to the days of zits and blemishes in your teenage years.

Or if you're really jammy, you'll have breezed through those with barely a blemish on your skin.

img alt=" More and more women are struggling with adult acne" data-src="https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/nintchdbpict000256713761.jpg?w={width}" data-credit="Getty Images" data-sizes="auto" data-img="https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/nintchdbpict000256713761.jpg?w=960" height="3600" width="6048""> More and more women are struggling with adult acne
More and more women are struggling with adult acne

But for many women, acne in later life is becoming an increasing concern.

Earlier this year the rise of adult acne was likened to an 'epidemic' by one dermatologist.

In 2015 a study of 92 private dermatology clinics found a 200 per cent rise in the number of adults seeking specialist treatment for acne.

What's worse, women are five times more likely than men to be affected by adult acne, with a number of factors including fluctuating pregnancy hormones, the menstrual cycle and changing methods of contraception (the pill, coil or patches) triggering outbreaks.

img alt=" Celebrities like Cameron Diaz also suffer from adult acne" data-src="https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/nintchdbpict000000638631-e1470321728369.jpg?w={width}" data-credit="Big Pictures" data-sizes="auto" data-img="https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/nintchdbpict000000638631-e1470321728369.jpg?w=699" height="2069" width="1507""> Celebrities like Cameron Diaz also suffer from adult acne
Celebrities like Cameron Diaz also suffer from adult acne

Even celebrities have suffered - Cameron Diaz, Kate Moss and Victoria Beckham to name just a few.

But there are things we can do about it. Here are seven ways to tackle those stubborn spots.

Change your contraceptive pill

Consider changing your pill to Dianette, which is often prescribed to women with severe acne that has not cleared up with the use of antibiotics or other treatments.

It contains cyproterone acetate, which is an anti-androgen.

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Dianette is often prescribed to women with severe acne

Androgens stimulate skin growth, including that of the sebaceous glands which produce an oily substance called sebum.

Sebum is essential to make the skin waterproof and lubricated, but if too much is produced it can cause the sebaceous glands to become blocked and infected, which leads to acne.

Be aware that doctors can be hesitant about handing this out as it is associated with a higher risk of blood clots and certain types of cancer.

Change your face wash routine

Certain face washes can dry out the skin, which means you end up over-compensating with the moisturiser and make it greasy.

If your skin is prone to acne, try using La Roche-Posay Purifying Cleansing Gel, a facial wash for oily skin.

img alt=" This purifying gel is great for cleansing the skin without drying it out" data-src="https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/nintchdbpict000256711324.jpg?w={width}" data-credit="La Roche Posay" data-sizes="auto" data-img="https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/nintchdbpict000256711324.jpg?w=602" height="2394" width="1500""> This purifying gel is great for cleansing the skin without drying it out
This purifying gel is great for cleansing the skin without drying it out

Recommended by dermatologists, this foaming gel helps to eliminate impurities and excess sebum, leaving the skin feeling clean and fresh without drying it out.

You can buy it from Boots, where a 200ml tube costs £11.

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GET A SKIN-FULL OF THIS

This 10-second test will tell you if your SKIN matches your age
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Opt for some silver service

If you're not keen to go down the antibiotic route, Silver Serum could be a great alternative.

The product contains anti-microbial silver, a well known anti-bacterial agent often used in medical dressings for treating infected skin ulcers.

img alt=" Silver Serum contains anti-microbial silver, a well known anti-bacterial agent" data-src="https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/nintchdbpict000256711331.jpg?w={width}" data-credit="SkinShop" data-sizes="auto" data-img="https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/nintchdbpict000256711331.jpg?w=713" height="2021" width="1500""> Silver Serum contains anti-microbial silver, a well known anti-bacterial agent
Silver Serum contains anti-microbial silver, a well known anti-bacterial agent

It is also used by NASA for keeping its crew members' water supplies free from bacteria while in space.

Manufacturers claim Silver Serum works on acne by destroying ‘bad’ acne-causing bacteria, while preserving the good’ skin bacteria that helps keep skin strong and fights infection.

You can purchase a 50ml tube from Skin Shop for £12.95.

Stop touching your face

It sounds daft, but overly touching your face could be having a damaging effect on your skin.

Our hands come into contact with millions of germs on a daily basis, which you're then transferring from your fingertips to your face.

img alt=" Touching your face, whether at work or while you're out, transfers germs and bacteria from your hands" data-src="https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/nintchdbpict000256714013.jpg?w={width}" data-credit="Getty Images" data-sizes="auto" data-img="https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/nintchdbpict000256714013.jpg?w=960" height="3456" width="5184""> Touching your face, whether at work or while you're out, transfers germs and bacteria from your hands
Touching your face, whether at work or while you're out, transfers germs and bacteria from your hands

Heal Your Skin author Dr. Ava Shamban warned: "If you are acne-prone, absolutely face-touching can lead to breakouts.

"Touching can make the face more prone to breakouts or other conditions, again because it spreads bacteria and other bugs."

Check the ingredients in your make-up

If you’re prone to acne, thick or solid makeup products are a no-no, despite the tempting coverage they offer.

Look to liquid formulas for a medium coverage, such as Clinique Stay Matte Oil-Free Makeup (£23) or Rimmel London Stay Matte Foundation (£5.99).

img alt=" Avoid thick or solid make-up products - stick to liquid based, lighter skincare" data-src="https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/nintchdbpict000256712383.jpg?w={width}" data-credit="Rimmel" data-sizes="auto" data-img="https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/nintchdbpict000256712383.jpg?w=738" height="1950" width="1500""> Avoid thick or solid make-up products - stick to liquid based, lighter skincare
Avoid thick or solid make-up products - stick to liquid based, lighter skincare

La Roche Posay has also just released a new dual-action, tinted anti-imperfection formula proven to treat and reduce blemishes in 24 hours, costing £16.50.

You can order a free sample of Effaclar Duo Unifiant by visiting the website.

Purify your sebum

Another over-the-counter remedy that comes highly recommended is Sebopure, by UK acne skincare brand Clarol.

Sebum is a very organic substance that goes off quickly once it becomes contaminated with external bacteria and dirt on the surface of the skin, which causes pore blockages, inflammation and puss.

img alt=" This product purifies the sebum released by your skin, stopping it from going 'rotten'" data-src="https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/nintchdbpict000256711320.jpg?w={width}" data-credit="Clarol" data-sizes="auto" data-img="https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/nintchdbpict000256711320.jpg?w=567" height="2539" width="1500""> This product purifies the sebum released by your skin, stopping it from going 'rotten'
This product purifies the sebum released by your skin, stopping it from going 'rotten'

This new anti-acne treatment controls acne by keeping sebum production pure, using a patented preserver ingredient derived from wild mustard leaf oil.

By purifying the sebum your skin produces, pore blockages and inflammation are reduced and sebum production itself begins to naturally diminish.

You can buy it for £12.95 (50l) from www.clarol.co.uk.

Visit your doctor

Sun Doctor Carol Cooper advises anyone suffering with late life acne to visit their GP.

She warned: "For some people, acne is down to something else, like polycystic ovary syndrome, so this needs to be investigated.

"Your GP can recommend antibiotic gels, tablets - there will usually be a step-by-step progression to see what works."

One treatment your doctor may recommend is Skinoren cream, which contains the active ingredient azelaic acid.

img alt=" One treatment your doctor may recommend is Skinoren cream" data-src="https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/nintchdbpict000256711327.jpg?w={width}" data-credit="" data-sizes="auto" data-img="https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/nintchdbpict000256711327.jpg?w=960" height="1057" width="1500""> One treatment your doctor may recommend is Skinoren cream
One treatment your doctor may recommend is Skinoren cream

Azelaic acid kills the the bacteria associated with acne and reduces the growth of the keratin surface skin cells that can block pores.

This helps to unblock the pores and sebaceous glands (which secrete sebum) meaning it doesn't become trapped, reducing the formation of blackheads and spots.

Try retinol

One woman has been hailed for revealing that retinol helped her get rid of her cystic acne.

In a Reddit post entitled "Hard work and retinol really make a difference", user Egotr4p shared a side-by-side image of herself before and after starting a new skin regime.

She explained that while she didn't see a dermatologist, she used tretinoin .025 percent - a prescription-strength retinoid.

This particular product is only available via prescription, but you can get lower-strength retinols over-the-counter.

img alt=" The Reddit user shared her dramatic transformation" data-src="https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/NINTCHDBPICT000426460729.jpg?w={width}" data-credit="" data-sizes="auto" data-img="https://www.thesun.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/NINTCHDBPICT000426460729.jpg?strip=all&w=960" height="960" width="960""> The Reddit user shared her dramatic transformation
The Reddit user shared her dramatic transformation

However, retinol isn't the only part of her routine.

She also relies on a six-step system in the morning and seven steps at night, using products including cleanser, toner, Micellar water and vitamin C serum.

As well as this, she's gone vegan.

Source : https://www.thesun.co.uk/fabulous/1553224/adult-acne-treatments-spots-blackheads-blemishes/

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