Changing Skincare Needs During Adulthood

Adulthood brings with it a whole new cacophony of unrealistic life issues! These are, unfortunately, bigger and more intimidating than that of the teens. As if manoeuvring through heartbreaks and career pressure isn’t enough, that the skin starts acting dramatic too. As you evolve from an energetic and carefree teen into a responsible adult, there’s a whole bunch of skincare decisions that you have to (and should) make.

With the kind of life we all lead these days, starting early with an effective skincare routine is recommended. Anti-ageing and skin protecting products have now become essentials for people in their early twenties. Basically, life takes an abrupt turn from tinted lip balms to SPF lip sticks! Here’s how the skincare needs changes during adulthood.

Adulthood Skin Woes
The skin usually heals from the teenage acne by the time you enter your twenties. However, sometimes, adult acne replaces it which is tougher to get rid of. This may also get aggravated by hormonal issues. “If the teenage problems are not dealt with properly or the person suffers from some hormonal problems like hypothyroid, PCOS, adrenal gland disorders then problems like acne may continue,” says Dr.. Shefali Trasi, founder, Le Piel.


What is Adult Acne?

Adult acne is one of the most common skin issues people deal with. “Acne is known to resurface and cause midlife crisis in the form of adult acne. It is a fairly common occurrence in both the sexes,” adds Dr.. Jamuna Pai, aesthetic physician, and founder of SkinLab. While talking about the causes behind it, she says “The primary cause is a rise in androgen levels that make the oil glands under the skin grow; these enlarged glands produce more oil. Excessive sebum can break down cellular walls in the skin pores, causing bacteria to grow. Apart from hormonal imbalance, strong genetic factors could also be responsible for acne in adulthood.” Other skin issues like acne scars, hyperpigmentation, Rosacea and sensitivity to sunlight may also develop during this age.

It’s important to understand that apart from the internal changes, skin problems during adulthood are majorly influenced by the stress levels. So, if you start to notice blemishes on your skin, you know who to blame! “If you travel for long hours daily, there are chances of pigmentation and sensitivity to light increases. Stress and inappropriate makeup products can also cause stress pimples and rosacea. Stretch marks can also be seen during this stage,” adds Dr. Trasi. Now if you have been following a healthy skincare routine since your teens, there are good chances that you will sail through this phase as well. If not, start with a cleansing, toning and moisturising routine right away.

What Changes does Skincare Routine Require?

To fight adult acne and other skin issues, it’s important to reduce the oil production, speed up skin cell turnover, reduce skin inflammation and fight acne-causing bacteria. “Acne lotions may dry up the oil, kill bacteria and promote sloughing of dead skin cells. Over-the-counter (OTC) lotions are generally mild and contain resorcinol, salicylic acid or sulphur as their active ingredient. These products can be helpful for very mild acne,” explains Dr. Pai.

While a dermatologist intervention can get you quick and long-lasting results, paying attention to the product ingredients can help control the issues. Dr. Trasi emphasises on the use of sunscreen during this age. “Start using a good anti-oxidant serum containing vitamin C, and ferulic acid. Once you enter 30s, start using a mild anti-ageing retinol-based cream to fight the early signs of ageing. Hand and foot creams also become significant at this age,” she adds. You can include a scrub and toner in your skincare routine but keep in mind your type. Make sure to keep your body well moisturised to decrease the chances of stretch marks at this age.

Must-have Products

Take charge of your skin as you start to age. Start early with anti-ageing and skin caring products. Your routine must include an antioxidant serum that’s easy to absorb by the skin, a gel-based lightweight moisturiser for long wear, an eye cream with peptides, and a gentle scrub and toner.

You can also ask your doctor to prescribe multi-vitamin and antioxidant capsules. If your issues are deep-rooted or require extensive treatments, this is also the right time to consider cosmetic procedures. However, you should have a detailed consultation with a trusted expert before deciding on any cosmetic therapy. Chemical peels and microdermabrasion may also be helpful in controlling acne.

Clean Habits for Clearer Skin
This age is also the right time to set the tone right for your life ahead. Hormonal changes are stress-related issues that start in our twenties. It is self-explanatory why clean and healthy habits are required for healthy, naturally glowing skin. While skincare products are essential, maintaining inner health shows better results on the face.



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