Disclaimer: This post was written for The Growing Up Guide.
There are a lot of things to be excited about when growing up: landing your dream job, moving out, or even continuing with further education. But the one things that your teenage self never expected you’d be taking into your new-exciting-adult-life is acne.
So now you have rent to pay and acne to deal with and grown-up life really isn’t shaping up how your spotty 13-year-old self had imagined.
Even though I can’t help with the rent, I do have a few tips on how to cope with adult acne when the rest of the world seems to have flawless skin…
Stop comparing yourself to others
Of course, this is always easier said than done. With social media consuming most of our lives now, it’s hard not to look and admire those who appear to be happier/prettier/acne free.
But as we all know, we only put our best selves online, and those selfies of flawless girls with clear skin have probably seen multiple Face Tune apps and a few Insta filters.
So number one rule: don’t be so hard on yourself.
Ask for help
Just because you’re now an adult doesn’t mean you can’t seek help from you’re GP if you’re still suffering from acne.
There are so many options; from topical creams with benzoyl peroxide to help treat blemishes from the outside, to birth control pills that can help clear up hormonal acne – there will be something that can help when it feels like your skin is beyond treating.
Create a solid skincare routine
Anyone with acne will know that a good skincare routine isn’t always the answer to your prayers, but it does make you feel better.
Keeping it simple and taking back control of your skin with the products that you chose to use can help you keep positive about clearing your skin.
Stick to products containing salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide or natural remedies such as tea tree and witch hazel to help sooth and treat your acne.
Find out what makes your skin angry
There will be things that make your skin tick; stopping drinking, taking dairy out of your diet or cutting down on bread can all be things that could help ease your acne.
It’s all trial and error and not everything will effect your skin, but it’s always worth trying if you’re not sure what’s causing your blemishes.
Drink more water
The standard answer to everything, but drinking more water is a great way to detox and rid your body of any nasties, clearing your skin of any dirt or bacteria.
Drinking 2 litres of water each day comes with tonnes of health benefits, not just clearer skin, so it’s a good habit to get into.
Add these YouTubers to your sub box
It’s always reassuring to know that you’re not the only one going through something, especially when it’s a problem that can make you feel so isolated.
Watching YouTubers such as Katie Snooks, Melanie Murphy and Em Ford open up about their journey’s with adult acne offers support and hope that things will get better. And until they do, videos such as ‘acne foundation routines’ and ‘skin updates’ will help you feel less alone in the battle against adult acne.