If you’re cursed with stubborn acne, you’ll know that it’s more than just a teenage phase. Too many people are having to deal with facial acne in their prime 20s and all the way up to their mid 30s. Yes, we wash our faces and keep our skin clean – yet, acne refuses to let go.

Adult Acne

Here’s the low-down on facial acne and how to say the one goodbye that isn’t bittersweet.

1. SPF

The importance of sunscreen can not be stressed enough- especially in Karachi, where we see more than our fair share of sunny days. Harmful sun rays damage our skin, making it more prone to dryness and wrinkles. Dryness leads to crackly skin that’s eager to host bacteria that cause acne. Step out of your house having applied a sunscreen of minimum SPF 30 to combat the effect of the sun on our face.

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2. DNA

Acne could be part of your loving family legacy. If you’re aunty, chacha and cousin are prone to breaking out, it’s likely that blemished skin is also part of your inheritance. Your genes will determine how likely you are to be affected by acne. As much as that may be the worst news you could get today, just remember that how good or bad your skin is is dependent on many factors. It becomes imperative that you have at least the basics of skincare covered.

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3. H20

The best way to cleanse your body is to make sure you are perpetually hydrated. Having at least eight to ten glasses of water daily is important to flush the toxins and bacteria out of your blood. This will only positively impact the clearness of your skin, as blood flow and circulation increases throughout the body and skin.

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4. Vitamin A

Vitamin A promotes cell turnover which prevents blackheads and clogged pores that can cause acne. Many renowned doctors have been known to prescribe Vitamin A to acne-prone patients. Vitamin A supplements can significantly aid your journey to clear skin, but be sure to follow a skin specialist’s advise on dosage since there are side effects (especially if you are a planning a family). You could also include retinol products into your skincare routine.  Retinoids are one of the leading treatments for acne, scars and wrinkles.

5. Rest

Stress and lack of sleep can contribute to acne. Stress induces our hormones that make our oil-producing sebaceous glands to work overtime – possibly then leading to skin flare ups. Make sure you are clocking in at least 8 hours of sleep daily so that your skin gets the down time it requires to recover. If you’re having trouble sleeping on time, try finishing your last meal 2 to 3 hours before bedtime or run a warm bath!

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Salima Feerasta
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Salima Feerasta is chief editor of Karachista.com and one of Pakistan's top fashion and lifestyle journalists.

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