Friday, February 15, 2019

Ways to cope with acne

Does your complexion have you twinning with your teen?

Clear up skin and keep it looking smooth with these expert tips.
Ways to cope with acne

You’ve finally found it—the thing that puts you and your teenager on equal footing! Unfortunately, it’s acne, which they’ve just grown into and you seemingly will never outgrow. As you may have noticed, though, your kid’s blemishes don’t exactly look like yours: Teens often have active sebaceous glands that clog easily, resulting in zits all over their face (or back...or chest). Adult acne, however, tends to appear around the mouth, chin or jawline—even if skin in other areas is dry.

Thankfully, a few tweaks and easy-to-adopt habits can keep you in the clear.


For decades, benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid have been killing it on the acne-fighting front (the former gets rid of bacteria on the skin; the latter gets dirt and oil out of pores).

Your kid probably has some zit-zapper with one of those ingredients, which works well for a teen’s oily skin. However, “it will have some benefits for you but won’t address all your grown-up concerns,” says NYC dermatologist Josh Zeichner, MD.

That’s why you should look for products with glycolic acid, which gently sloughs away pore-clogging dead skin and stimulates collagen (the magical stuff that keeps your skin looking plumped up and youthful). Similarly, a retinol or retinoid (both are vitamin A derivatives, just in prescription or OTC concentrations) will be tough on acne while building collagen and minimizing fine lines.


Better skin for you and your teen can start deep in the belly.

Foods that are high in sugar and dairy may trigger inflammation, which exacerbates acne in skin that’s already prone to it.

Nip this in the gut by taking a daily probiotic containing acidophilus or lactobacillus.

Try Tula Daily Probiotic & Skin Health Complex.

Zeichneralso suggests kombucha and sauerkraut; both are rich in natural probiotics that will help your complexion.


Yes, follow that instinct that tells you to never put petroleum jelly on your acne-prone face. But according to Zeich ner, it’s a myth that people with acne can’t use oil at all. Actually, an oil cleanser is great for attracting and removing unwanted oil from skin at any age.

We especially like Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Oil. It contains coconut oil to gently hydrate and balance skin.

OILY HAIR, DO CARE Keep hair off your face on days you don’t shampoo, and swap out your pillowcase often.


We know, this is easier said than done because, well,
just look at your to-do list.

Still, stress does cause your adrenal glands to produce cortisol, a hormone that kicks your sebaceous glands into oil-making mode, causing acne to become inflamed. The solution? Aim to get atleast seven hours of sleep every night. This goes for your teen as well.

Overnight is when your skin is exposed to fewer pollutants and has time to repair and regenerate.

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Of course a yoga class or jogging with a friend feels great—when you manage to get around to it. Let this motivate you to actually do it: Exercise helps keep acne in check.

“It improves circulation, sending oxygen to your skin cells and clearing away toxins,” Zeichner explains.

Just remember (and remind your teen too!), after your sweat session, do a quick cleanse to whisk away pore-clogging bacteria. We love Clean & Clear Lemon Cleansing Wipes.

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