Better Ways to Banish Blemishes for Good

If you thought zits were something you left behind in your school years, buried in those yearbooks in the attic, think again. Adults get acne too, particularly women in their 30s, 40s, and 50s.

Hormones play a big role in it, from pregnancy hormone fluctuations up to those years leading up to THE CHANGE. As if it’s not already stressful enough to keep lines and wrinkles away, now you’ve got to get rid of pimples too. 

Not to worry though (that just causes more wrinkles) because you can get rid of them. Here’s what you should do to banish blemishes for good!

Get To The Root Cause Of Your Blemishes

If you’re in your 30s and acne has become aggressive, perhaps taking a deeper look at your lifestyle might shed some light on the situation. When you’re not eating right, staying up late, and neglecting those other self-care measures, it’s easy to see why your skin is breaking out. If you’re in your 40s or 50s though, it could be hormonal changes, stress from taking care of kids and working, or a combination. Try focusing on your wellness and you should see a change for the better. 

Check-in With Your Dermatologist

There’s no need to go to Dr. Pimple Popper, but your own dermatologist can help you find a solution if you’ve tried taking better care of yourself over the last few months. You may be given a prescription retinoid to help clear your skin (and as a side bonus, it’s awesome at getting rid of wrinkles). But if that doesn’t work, your doctor may try something more aggressive like oral antibiotics along with the topical retinol creams.

Really Focus On Your Diet

We mean it! Yes, taking care of yourself includes good nutrition, but you might not be cutting out certain foods that are leading to blemishes. High-glycemic and processed foods can cause skin to flare up. So too can the hormones in milk. Try tailoring your diet to cut out both of these groups and you might suddenly see clear skin.

Consider Med-Spa Treatments

While a pricier option, visiting a med-spa might be in order to tackle those troublesome pop-up pimples. There are photodynamic treatments, extraction surgeries, chemical peels and more that your dermatologist might recommend to banish those blemishes and stop seeing red. 

And while you’re waiting for these methods to work their magic, you should learn how to excel at the art of concealment. The best way is to buff away any dry skin flakes with a clean, dampened washcloth. Add your spot treatments on first and allow them to soak in. Then use a moisturizer for your skin type, one that infuses skin with hydration without clogging pores.

Once you’ve pampered your skin, apply your foundation and then touch up with a stick concealer. Tap rather than smear and blend the edges to make it virtually disappear!

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