Are acne products designed for teenagers OK for adults to use?
In general, over-the-counter products for acne are suitable for all ages, however many of them tend to have a drying, irritating effect on the skin (because they aim to reduce oil), which can also have a harsh effect on sensitive skin.
Epiology is particularly useful for adult skin because it doesn’t have the side-effect of dryness, and it combines a lightly moisturising effect with its proven anti-acne properties.
Are some people more acne-prone than others?
People with sensitive skin are more prone to acne because they’re more likely to have a reaction to the presence of bacteria or damage to the skin. That’s why it’s important to avoid damaging the skin with sunburn or by using harsh skincare and strong exfoliators and toners. Damage to the skin is likely to set off an acne attack a few days later because the skin increases oil (sebum) production as a protective response.
Can I prevent spots from developing?
Epiology’s Extra Strength Spot Gel is particularly effective against those “hot spots” you can feel developing under the skin. It reduces the redness of the spot and prevents the spread of bacteria which, left untreated, can lead to acne.
Are exfoliants useful in treating acne?
Exfoliants can have a similar effect to over-the-counter acne treatments that contain salicylic acid. While they can be useful in clearing blocked pores, continued over-use can increase sebum production and cause redness in sensitive skin. The occasional exfoliation won’t hurt though.
Should I squeeze my pimples? Even the really bad ones?
No! Squeezing can make your skin take longer to heal because it often drives bacteria deeper into the pore and can cause scarring. Try to keep your hands away from your face as much as possible to avoid spreading bacteria from your fingers to your skin.
Does chocolate cause pimples?
Experts agree that too much sugar is never a good idea and eating well is part of having healthy skin – but the occasional sweet treat will not give you acne.