I recently wrote a blog post all about my experience on Lymecycline, which is an antibiotic used to treat acne. You can pop over and read that post here, but to sum it up – it worked brilliantly for me! However, I don’t think it was the medication alone that helped me control my adult acne. I think it was a combination of different things that together really helped to tackle the problem.
So if you are suffering with adult acne like I was, here are a few tips that might help you out…
First and foremost I would urge you to go and speak to your GP about medication options. Everyone is different so what worked for me, might not necessarily work for you and you may have to try and few different treatments until you find the right one, but it’s worth it! You may only need a topical treatment, rather than antibiotics. There’s lots of different options and your GP will be able to discuss these with you.
While I am a huge advocate for acne medication, I know that that alone isn’t enough to eradicate acne. Skincare is really important but it can be so confusing as there are so many products out there. I am far from an expert when it comes to skincare but what works for me is to just keep it simple. I don’t bother with toners, serums or acids, just cleansing and moisturising. I make sure my face is squeaky clean morning and night and always moisturise. When you have oily skin many people think that moisturising will just make their skin worse but trust me, it won’t. No matter how greasy your skin is you still need to moisturise, it’s just about finding the right one for you. I find that La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo + is a good one for acne prone skin.
It’s also worth taking a look at the range of Environ skin care products at The SkinClinic Direct. I have heard lots of good reviews about this range. Environ products include a unique combination of active ingredients to protect your skin from damage and breakouts, which makes them ideal for treating acne and the scars left behind.
Drinking water is super important when it comes to taking care of your skin. I hold my hands up and admit that a few years ago I rarely drank water at all! I drank plenty of tea, but not much water. A couple of years ago I challenged myself to drink 3 litres of water everyday day, you can read about that here. It did help my skin but it didn’t completely solve the problem. I have continued to drink plenty of water though and definitely notice a difference when I forget to drink enough.
Finally, diet! So I feel like a hypocrite even bringing his up because over the past few years my diet hasn’t been the best and I’ve gained quite a bit of weight. I knew that my diet wouldn’t be causing my adult acne, but I also knew that it probably wasn’t helping either. I’ve been eating much better recently and think that might be whats helping to keep my spots at bay since coming off my medication. I have also heard that dairy can cause acne and a lot of people choose to reduce or completely eliminate it from their diets. It’s not something I’ve done personally but it’s definitely something worth looking into.
I hope that this post has been helpful. Please feel free to leave me a comment if there’s anything else that you find helps with acne.
Thank you for reading.