There are a lot of myths when it comes to skincare. There are many reasons that contradictory advice runs rampant, and that studies often come to different conclusions over and over again. One of these reasons is the number of different factors that influence the skin’s health and aging process. Skin is affected by many different internal and external factors, including genetics, lifestyle, and diet. Because of this, each person’s skin issues are unique, and require individualized care.
It’s time to get some clear answers on skincare! Here are some tips on fighting aging and acne treatment:
We were all probably told as teenagers that acne goes away as you get older. Unfortunately, that doesn’t hold true for everyone. According to Prevention, about 20 percent of adults experience acne past adolescence. Hormonal changes can occur throughout life, triggering outbreaks, and factors like genetics and certain skin types can also keep acne a factor in one’s skin routine, even as signs of aging set in.
Another myth you may have been told about acne is that chocolate causes breakouts. There have been many studies conducted on this subject, and while they may appear to be contradictory, Dr. Walder says that based on the research, chocolate itself doesn’t cause acne—but sugars and simple carbohydrates can certainly trigger breakouts. Sugar can also break down collagen—the connective protein that helps skin retain its supple, wrinkle-free character, so if you’re going to indulge in sweets, pick a dark chocolate. Your skin will thank you.
How do you deal with adult acne while keeping your skin looking as youthful as possible? Choose a multipurpose product with powerful ingredients. Dr. Walder recommends looking for a product that keeps pores clear and fights wrinkles simultaneously. Ingredients to look for include salycilic acid, tea tree oil, sulfur, and benzoyl peroxide to help clear up and prevent acne, and also retinol or peptides to help fight wrinkles and other signs of aging. If your skin is acne-prone, stick to moisturizers that don’t have oil in the formula.
Start Eye Skincare Early
There are three major components to a basic skincare routine: cleansing, exfoliating, and moisturizing. However, it’s also a good idea to pay special attention to the skin around the eyes, according to Dr. Walder. The skin around the eyes is the thinnest on the face, which is why early signs of aging often appear in this area. Because of this, it’s a good idea to incorporate eye cream into your skincare routine early on. Eye creams can be a bit pricey, but you don’t have to use much of the product at a time to reap the benefits of the retinol, peptides, and hyaloronic acid ingredients often used in these creams. Confused about which cream is best for you? Ask a qualified dermatologist.
Consider a New Cleanser
While it may seem completely counterproductive, particularly if you are prone to oily skin, cleansing oil has caught on, and many people swear by the method for beautiful, healthy, acne-free skin. But what is cleansing oil, and how does it work?
Cleansing oil is the use of natural oils or a specially-formulated oil cleansing product to clean the facial skin in place of a traditional cleanser. It works by mixing with oils in the skin that cause breakouts, as well as dirt and other impurities, which are lifted away when the oil is rinsed off the skin. Many cleansing oil products also contain anti-aging and antioxidants to help fight off other skin issues. While cleansing oil might help with acne, it may not be best for skin that is especially prone to breakouts. The only way to know if a routine is working for your skin is to try it out and consult with a dermatologist if possible, as everyone’s skin is different.
DIY Not Working? Try Professional Skin Treatments
There’s only so much over-the-counter products can do to help ward off acne and signs of aging. While they may not be able to make skin look as flawless as a celebrity’s, great improvement can be made with powerful skin treatments administered by a cosmetic dermatologist. Some treatments that can help with anti-aging and acne include chemical peels, microdermabrasion, laser treatments, Ultherapy®, and more. Only a qualified dermatologist can help you determine which treatment is right for you and your goals, but there are many effective and minimally-invasive options available.
Partner With a Board-Certified Dermatologist
If you’re working hard to fight off acne and signs of aging, it is a great idea to ally with a professional to help you reach your goals of beautiful, youthful skin. Dr. Diane Walder is a top choice for a distinguished patient base, and she, along with her colleague Dr. Stacy Chimento, can help you create a skin maintenance routine as well as recommend and provide powerful skin treatments to help you meet your goals. If you’d like to make an appointment with Dr. Walder at her Miami office, call 305-866-2177 today.