Skincare Matchmaker: How do I tame adult acne?


We're playing matchmaker and answering your skincare questions! Today, we talk about how to control adult acne. It's the actual worst.

Question: I have adult acne and I'm oily on my T-zone but get dry patches on my face. I get more breakouts around my period. What can I do, and are there products I should avoid?

Many of us suffer from the terrible fate of adult acne. Wasn't this supposed to be over a decade ago? For women, the hormonal breakouts seem to just be an unfortunate event we've got to contend with. Today, we talk to Alex Hushcha, an esthetician at Jouvence Aveda Salon & Spa

For acne-prone skin, Hushcha recommends focusing on removing excess oil and dry skin buildup, while keeping skin hydrated. "A good addition into your routine would be a daily-use salicylic acid treatment, followed by a hydrating toner or essence. Something that doesn't contain drying alcohol, with plenty of hyaluronic acid."

While it's a good idea to keep skin hydrated, it's important to keep this light and non-occlusive, especially for the oily T-zone area. What's non-occlusive? Think moisturizers that are more lightweight, and don't contain ingredients like petrolatum, lanolin, mineral oil, silicones, or coconut oil. "Moisturizers could have a more, light gel-cream consistency would be nice," says Hushcha.

"For the dry patches, it's most frequently a buildup of dry skin. Gommage style exfoliators at home as a twice weekly treatment can create a smoother texture." These exfoliators essentially roll away dead skin. Try the Dr. G Brightening Peeling Gel or Boscia Exfoliating Peeling Gel.

However, for hormonal breakouts, Hushcha's best advice is preparation and vigilance. "A few days before you typically start breaking out, use a gentle exfoliator to clear dead skin and then a detoxifying mask to draw out excess oil that the skin tends to produce at that time of the month." Take a moment with our VIP Treatment Detox Mask for a gentle clay treatment that draws out oil and impurities.

But what happens when you do all of this and you still get a breakout? Spot treatments are your best friend. You want something that reduces the swelling but will prevent skin from drying out. "An anti-inflammatory spot treatment to use as soon as you start to feel a pimple coming on will also make a huge difference," Hushcha suggests. Try La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo or Dermalogica Concealing Spot Treatment.