Battle of the blemishes – how to beat adult acne-prone skin

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Adult women are increasingly impacted by acne-prone skin, in fact, recent studies have shown that 40% of adult women are affected. Because it can differ from teenage/adolescent acne-prone skin, it is important to know the difference and find adapted solutions.

What are the typical signs of adult acne-prone skin in women?

  • Irregular skin texture
  • Enlarged pores
  • Often appears along the jawline and chin, but is not limited to these areas
  • The blemishes develop in cycles or flare-ups
  • Blemishes often leave residual marks and scarring

Acne-prone skin in adult women is linked to hormones and can be aggravated by lifestyle factors such as stress, a fast-paced life, lack of sleep, unbalanced diet and environmental factors.

A consistent skincare routine of cleansing twice a day, moisturising with adapted products and broad-spectrum sun protection can go a long way in controlling adult blemishes.

What ingredients are best to look for in skincare products for adult acne-prone skin?

Watch this video as Dr Tarryn Jacobs, Specialist Dermatologist, explains:

“Preventing breakouts as opposed to just reacting to new blemishes is key. For this reason, if you have adult acne-prone skin, I like to recommend having a retinoid in your skincare “toolbox”.  Retinoids such as retinol or retinaldehyde are vitamin A derivatives that address and prevent clogged pores. They normalise the exfoliation of skin cells inside the pores whilst targeting the symptoms associated with inflammation. In addition, retinoids can help fade dark marks that can be left behind. Part of the conundrum of managing adult female acne-prone skin, is that women may simultaneously be dealing with concerns of skin ageing as well. A great reassurance is that retinoids also have anti-ageing benefits because it can stimulate collagen production” says Dr Jacobs.

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Innovation: Eau Thermale Avène Cleanance Women Range

The new Cleanance Women range from Eau Thermale Avène offers a tailored solution for adult acne-prone skin in women.

The Cleanance Women Corrective Serum contains SynoveaTM HR to help reduce blemishes and provide an antioxidant action, P-Refinyl to mattify the skin and tighten pores, glycolic acid and lactic acid to refine and smooth skin texture.

The Cleanance Women Smoothing Night Cream also contains SynoveaTM HR, with the addition of X-PressinTM to exfoliate the skin and retinaldehyde, a vitamin A derivative to help reduce residual marks and offer anti-ageing benefits.

Both products are rich in the signature Avène Thermal Spring Water to add bonus soothing, anti-irritating, and softening benefits.

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Supporting references:

1. Poli F, Dreno B, Verschoore M. An epidemiological study of acne in female adults: results of a survey conducted in France. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol 2001; 15: 541-5.

2. Sin Pharmacol Physiol, 2018, Liu W et al – A Time-Series Study of the Effect of Air Pollution on Outpatient Visits for Acne Vulgaris in Beijing.


This post was sponsored by Eau Thermale Avène.


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