Pesky pimples and wrinkles can happily co-exist on one face

Most of us believe that acne is a ‘teenage problem’ that will magically disappear the day we turn 20.

Which is why we’re so disappointed to realise that bad breakouts don’t always end when our teenage years do…

…and, that pesky pimples and wrinkles can happily co-exist on one face.

Taking the guesswork out of adult acne

Adult acne is different to teenage acne in that it typically appears on the lower half of the face (teen acne is usually on the upper half) and is far deeper than teen acne, appearing as difficult-to-drain cysts.

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According to the skin health experts at Dermalogica and the International Dermal Institute, hormonal imbalances are still largely to blame for these complexion woes, but other factors can also come into play.

Think busy lifestyles, chronic stress and pollution…

Now, obviously, having a good skincare routine is important to prevent and decrease the severity of breakouts. But there are also other ways to keep those embarrassing breakouts at bay – here are five of them:

1. Watch what you’re putting into your body

Even the most consistent skincare routine can be undermined by poor lifestyle habits. So, if you’re breaking out more often than not, it might be time to take a good look at what you’re putting into your body…

Choose low GI over high GI options, swap fast and processed foods for healthy, fresh alternatives. And, watch your dairy intake, as dairy is known to aggravate breakouts!

Also, anyone who has ever suffered from a bad skin will tell you that you need to up your water intake – which makes sense, as water is known to flush toxins and impurities from your system.

Try to drink two litres (eight glasses) of water per day.

2. Picking at your skin will get you nowhere

It’s tempting to pick and prod, but more often than not, you won’t be able to drain a pimple properly without seriously damaging your skin…

… which could leave you with a mark that could take weeks to fade!

Plus, by picking at your skin with hands that have touched keyboards and door handles all day (not to mention the supermarket trolley or ATM machine), you’ll just be adding to the bacteria build-up, which will inevitably lead to more breakouts.

Even the most consistent skincare routine can be undermined by poor lifestyle habits

3. Don’t forget to remove your make-up each night

While most women are religious about removing their make-up at night, there are many of us who just don’t have the energy – and would rather spend those extra five minutes catching up on precious sleep!

But, here’s the thing; if you don’t remove your make-up, all that oil and dirt that has built up throughout the day just lies on the surface on your skin, clogging your pores, which can ultimately lead to breakouts.

By removing your make-up, you give your skin a chance to breathe and repair itself while you sleep at night – which means you’ll wake up with brighter, clearer skin.

So, no matter how tired (or lazy) you are, always be sure to remove your make-up before you hit the sack – your skin will thank you!

4. Exfoliation is key

Exfoliating is a step we often skip, because we assume that cleansing, toning and moisturising is ‘enough’. But, because exfoliation cleans and unclogs your pores, it’s a key step to preventing and treating acne.

How often you do it, depends on your skin type. If you have an oily skin, you should probably exfoliate more often than if you have a dry or sensitive skin.

5. Choose the right spot remover

Spot treatments are to pimples what peanut butter is to jelly – and because you’re most likely fighting both pimples and wrinkles at this time in your life – finding the right zit-zapping treatment is important.

(Many spot treatments can over-dry your skin, and thus work against your anti-ageing efforts).

Dermalogica recently introduced two dual-purpose products to their mediBac range (AGE Bright Clearing Serum and Bright Spot Fader) that promise to clear active breakouts, reduce visible signs of premature ageing, plus brighten dark spots and promote an even skin tone.

Both products contain the heroic ingredient, salicylic acid.

1. AGE Bright Clearing Serum

  • Salicylic acid, a beta hydroxy acid, helps reduce breakouts to clear skin
  • Phytoactives from the ‘resurrection’ plant – known for its ability to survive extreme dehydration – hydrate and smooth skin
  • Niacinamide works together with white shiitake mushroom to promote brighter, more even skin tone
  • AGE Bright™ Complex works with the skin’s natural microbiome for clearer, brighter skin

2. AGE Bright Spot Fader

  • Salicylic acid works to clear breakouts.
  • Niacinamide and resorcinol work synergistically to fade post-breakout marks, improving uneven skin tone
  • AGE Bright™ Complex reduces visible skin

Good to know: This year, Dermalogica celebrates its 25th anniversary in South Africa. The international leader in skincare boasts a product range that is cruelty-free, formulated without artificial fragrances or colourants, and that can attest to the majority of products being vegan-friendly!

The AGE Bright Clearing Serum comes in a 30 ml bottle (R1 195) and the Bright Spot Fader comes in a 15ml tube (R849). Find it at authorised Dermalogica stockists, concept stores and at