NYC dermatologist shares skincare advice he gives his patients
- What Causes Adult Acne?
- What Are the Best Acne-Fighting Ingredients?
- Can I Pop My Blemish At Home?
- How Can I Prevent Body Acne?
In many ways, adult acne is similar to adolescent acne—it’s caused by pores clogged with sebum and skin cells causing them to become inflamed. Adult acne is often the result of hormonal fluctuations, stress and genetics.
The most effective over-the-counter acne remedies often contain salicylic acid to clear pores or benzoyl peroxide to kill bacteria. Products containing bisabolol also offer healing properties by soothing redness and inflammation. Sulfur can also be beneficial for its oil-control and anti-bacterial properties.
A blemish causes irritation and inflammation that the body perceives as an injury. Popping, squeezing, or picking only exacerbates that injury, potentially causing further trauma to the skin, which can result in a scar. If you must do something gently wash with a warm cloth. If the blemish is ready to pop, that slight pressure will be enough to let it drain.
The skin on your body can develop blemishes just as your face can. When heavy, oily, hair products like pomades or oil from your hair transfers to your skin, breakouts can occur. In addition, exercising in tight clothes creates an environment where acne-causing bacteria can thrive. Make sure to remove workout clothes immediately and shower after sweating.