Over 25 and still suffering from pimples. What can I use?

Dear Dr Duncombe I've always had oily skin, but even now that I'm 25 and I should be past the point of pimples and blackheads, I still struggle. Is there any specific product that you can suggest that won't break the bank?

Answer

Unfortunately oily skin conditions can persist very late into life and there are many patients who suffer from this persistent condition which becomes known as an ‘adult acne.’ However, treatment can relieve this condition to a great degree and this involves reducing the oily secretions from the skin while balancing the skin pH. Oiliness is often the skin’s way of trying to compensate for an underlying dry problem too.

Avoid products that contain vitamin E as this can provoke oil secretion and avoid skin toners which can dry out the skin excessively. Rather use a product that provides enough moisture to your skin while gently exfoliating at the same time such as fruity acid or hydroxy acid containing products. There are a number of great products on the South African market that fulfill these requirements and don’t cost too much, enquire at your Skin Renewal Group therapist to demonstrate some samples for you. One can also add a gentle form of vitamin A to the ingredients to further reduce oiliness and blackheads.

 

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