Beauty

7 things that may be breaking you out

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Beauty

7 things that may be breaking you out

There are a lot of perks that come with being an adult. No bedtimes. Shopping sprees with no one caring what you spend. (Hello, Mansur Gavriel bucket bag.) Being able to eat peanut butter out of the jar for dinner…and dessert.

Acne is not one of them. Unfortunately, 54 percent of women older than 25 suffer from some form of acne, according to the Journal of American Academy of Dermatology. “Adult acne is definitely on the rise – we’re seeing more women in their late 20s to mid-40s developing it, often having never suffered with acne in their teens,” says Sarah Brown, skincare expert and founder of Pai Skincare.

Adult acne is partly genetic – so you can blame your parents – but it’s also the result of some habits and lifestyle choices, such as:

Picking your pimples
Even Karlie Kloss admits to doing this beauty no-no. “I know it’s tempting, but it will make them worse – increasing inflammation and driving infection deeper into the skin, potentially causing scarring,” says Brown.

Waiting too long before seeing a derm
While it’s tempting to Google-diagnosis your pimples and treat the issue with a drug-store shopping spree, don’t, says Dr. Ben Barankin, the spokesperson for the Acne and Rosacea Society of Canada. “Doing nothing, or trying over-the-counter products or cosmetics for too long allows acne scarring to set in.” Not to mention it can be a drain on the pocketbook. See your doctor for a referral to a dermatologist.

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Choosing the wrong skincare products

It’s time to stop stealing night creams and face wash from your mom’s stash. “While anti-aging products generally do not cause any acne flare-ups, some of the moisturizers that older people may start using for dehydrated skin may be a bit too thick and this could cause breakouts,” says Barankin.

Eating pimple-aggravating foods
Put down the cheese, white bread and potatoes. (We’re sorry.) There is evidence that dairy and high-glycemic (read: starchy) foods can trigger acne. Brown adds that one of the biggest culprits of bad skin is refined sugar. “It affects hormone levels, which directly influences sebum production. Excess sugar can equal excess oil, leading to congestion and breakouts.”

Too much stress
Your job, family drama, boyfriend trouble –  all of these can contribute to a breakout. “In my experience, one of the most common triggers of adult acne is chronic stress levels. Continually high stress levels cause a sustained increase in the stress hormone cortisol, which in turn alters progesterone levels, leading to an increase in sebum [oil] production,” says Brown.

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Your birth control

Brown says she’s noticed many customers developing adult acne after changing up their contraceptive pill or when stopping using birth control. Unfortunately, you’ll have to wait it out. “This is due to hormone changes which can take many months to settle.”

The type of makeup you use
Both Barankin and Brown recommend mineral makeup, which is oil-free and lets the skin breathe. You also want to make sure all of your products – from moisturizer to foundation – are non-comedogenic, which means they won’t clog pores.

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Must-try products for acne-prone skin

Must-try products for acne-prone skin: FarmHouse Fresh Pudding Apeel mask

Try a peel like this paraben- and sulfate-free option, which uses glycolic acid and alpha hydroxy acids from fruits to speed up skin cell turnover.   FarmHouse Fresh Pudding Apeel Tapioca + Rice Active Fruit Glycolic Mask ($22), at farmhousefreshgoods.com. READ MORE: Apply your skincare products in this order for maximum benefits

By: Carli Whitwell Source: FarmHouse Fresh Credits: ELLE Canada

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Must-try products for acne-prone skin: Ole Henriksen Aloe Vera Deep Cleanser

Rule number one of preventing acne: you don’t need to scrub the skin to get rid of pimples. Try this formula, which has soothing aloe vera and chamomile.   Ole Henriksen Aloe Vera Deep Cleanser ($28), at sephora.com. READ MORE: Like roses? This is the face mask for you

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Must-try products for acne-prone skin: Pai Skincare Copaiba & Zinc Perfect Balance Blemish Serum

This prod “effectively targets and treats acne without the irritation usually associated with products for blemish-prone skin,” says Brown.   Pai Skincare Copaiba & Zinc Perfect Balance Blemish Serum ($78), paiskincare.com.   READ MORE: 5 contouring products for people who don't know how to contour

By: Carli Whitwell Source: Pai Skincare Credits: ELLE Canada

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An oil-free formula with broad-spectrum sun protection makes for an easy – and pimple-free – morning routine.   Neutrogena Moisture Oil-Free SPF 15 ($13.99), at drugstores and mass-market retailers.   READ MORE: 4 beauty trends to try this fall

By: Carli Whitwell Source: Neutrogena Credits: ELLE Canada

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Must-try products for acne-prone skin: Neostrata Acne Clear Clarifying Solution

Apply a toner after cleansing to purify skin. Along with salicylic acid, this antibacterial toner contains the superstar AHA glycolic acid for exfoliation. Neostrata Acne Clear Clarifying Solution ($29.50) at drugstores. READ MORE: 7 books every beauty lover needs to read

By: Carli Whitwell Source: Neostrata Credits: ELLE Canada

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Must-try products for acne-prone skin: Guy friendly face wash

Guys will love this exfoliating liquid-to-foam face wash, which rids the skin of oil and the sweat and stress of the day.   Lab Series for Men Oil Control Face Wash ($30), at sephora.com. READ MORE: 14 skincare hacks for sensitive skin

By: Carli Whitwell Source: Sephora Credits: ELLE Canada

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This translucent powder is made with anti-inflammatory passion fruit and rosemary oil to soothe skin as it mattifies.   Ilia Fade Into You Universal Finishing Powder ($34), at iliabeauty.com.   READ MORE: How to pick the right foundation for your skintone

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7 things that may be breaking you out