Too old for blemishes? These tips will help.

Middle aged woman squeezes pimple on cheek

Acne and blemishes do not only affect teenagers - even though in Germany the skin disease mainly occurs in people between 12 and 20 years of age.

Unfortunately ageless: acne and blemishes

Acne can occur at any age - e.g. when hormones are involved. This is of course mainly the case during puberty, but also the menopause or the monthly cycle, the discontinuation of the pill, etc. can have an impact on the skin due to hormonal changes in the body. Even babies can get acne due to hormonal changes after birth, but this usually heals quickly on its own and does not leave any scars.

How do I recognize acne?

Acne begins with the appearance of blackheads. This can develop into pimples and may be joined by pustules and papules as the inflammation progresses. These symptoms are not only a psychological burden, but also quite painful. In severe cases, abscesses and fistulas can even form under the skin, fever and joint inflammation can develop. Needless to say, these severe cases should be treated by a dermatologist. The good news is: acne - in whatever form - can usually be treated very well and does not have to leave any scars. However, the treatment does require a little patience.

How does acne develop?

The culprit for acne is the interaction of several factors: Sebum and dead skin cells clog the pores and the actually harmless inhabitant of our skin - Propionibacterium acnes - can proliferate. This ultimately ends in inflammation, which can spread. Acne is therefore a skin inflammation and therefore helps what inhibits the inflammation.

The right care for adult acne

The treatment of severe acne, as already mentioned, belongs to dermatological treatment. By the way, this already starts with the diagnosis. This is the only way to select the appropriate therapy. Mild courses of acne can also be treated with over-the-counter products. The aim here is to loosen the blackheads and impurities, to keep the pores free in the long term and to regulate the production of sebum.

Acne skin is sensitive!

Acne skin is already strained, stressed and very sensitive. Therefore, it should be treated with care - heavy guns like degreasing cleansers or drying ingredients ("because the skin is so oily") are absolutely taboo!

  • Mild cleansing in the morning and evening with non-foaming cleansers that respect the skin barrier is very important for every skin type - but an absolute must for acne skin. Also, avoid hot water - lukewarm is quite sufficient. From our product range, PORIFY CLEANSER is the right choice here.
  • Against impurities, fruit acids and retinol are suitable, best combined with soothing and moisturizing ingredients. For this, take a look at our FACE SERUM, RETINAID and the PORIFY BHA SOLUTION.
  • Clarifying and soothing are hops, frankincense, licorice, panthenol or bakuchiol. An oil-reduced care that soothes at the same time is our CALM BALM.
  • Niacinamide also balances the skin, regulates sebum and has many other great properties that also benefit acne-prone skin. You can find high-dose niacinamide in the hyFIVE BOOSTER and at hyFIVE SPRAY.
  • Last but not least: Acne skin needs sun protection. Many sunscreen products with good, chemical filters contain lipids, and the good products do not use drying alcohols or silicones. Therefore, a product with mineral filters may be more appropriate. If additional UV protection is too much for the skin, please use a day care with integrated SPF. Our two sun protection products DAY LIGHT 30 and D-FENCE 50 contain anti-inflammatory and antioxidant substances, but are not mineral. If you would still like to try them (e.g. the DAY LIGHT 30), please take the opportunity to order a test size.

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The three Hs

Not entirely unimportant when it comes to acne are our three Hs: hair, hands, towels.

Perhaps you already know: hands have no place on the face. Neither should you be tempted to touch acne yourself, please leave this to a beautician. Otherwise you will only spread the acne bacteria and everything will get worse. But even beyond that, you should not touch your face with your hands, because we touch so many things that our hands are teeming with bacteria. Even hair that hangs in the face can spread acne bacteria.

The third H concerns your towels (and strictly speaking also pillowcases), which you should change regularly and wash at least 60 °. This way you avoid excessive bacteria in these textiles.

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