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Adult Acne

Adult Acne

I never had bad skin as a teen! So why do I have bad skin now?

I am so glad you asked!

We sure do hear this a lot in salon and as a fellow sufferer of acne, which didn’t occur until my early 20’s, I was once puzzled by this myself.

I don’t feel oily?

I wash my face?

I don’t use cheap clogging make up?

I get my skin treated professionally?

Why does my skin hate me?

Looking back now it was probably a combination of a lot of things…

So what can cause us to breakout later in life? Lets take a look at some of the possibilities.

Skin barrier function

Commonly overlooked, but if you want a healthy skin-barrier function is and always should be the first step! Without it, your skin simply doesn’t stand a chance. You can achieve this by using products that mimic our skins natural lipid structure. When selecting products ensure ingredients are of a high quality and do not contain the following ingredients.

  • Colours
  • Fragrance
  • Mineral oil
  • Parabens
  • Emulsifiers

In my opinion, as a practising Corneotherapist, any of the above could negatively affect the integrity of your skins barrier function and provide no added benefits to your skin.


It is a MUST that you make sure all of your skin care products are at the very least noncomedogenic. Noncomedogenic literally means will not clog your follicles. YES follicles not pores!!!!

All breakouts and congestion are a result of the pilosebaceous unit (hair follicle and sebaceous gland) being blocked and sometimes infected.

Incorrect product usage

Could you simply be using the wrong products for your skin type and or condition? Maybe.

You have been miss diagnosed or prescribed incorrectly? Perhaps you were not prescribed by a professional skin therapist at all? You could even be using your products incorrectly; education is key to achieving the desired results.

Sebum quality

Sebum is the oil our skin naturally secretes, maintaining a healthy oil flow is needed to stop blockages from occurring. This is something that is an inside job, meaning, this comes purely from your diet. Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) - our body can not make these on our own - can be found in foods we eat, but most people will need a little boost from supplements. Omega 3 and omega 6 are needed for a healthy sebum production and cell membrane health. Negative lifestyle factors can block these essential nutrients and impact them being absorbed. This will result is slow moving thick sebum that can obstruct the follicle.

Incorrect pH

When our skins pH becomes unbalanced bacteria can thrive! We can restore the pH by using specific topical ingredients and rectifying the above.

Intrinsic factors

Acne elimination:

Elimination is an important bodily process. When the body is not eliminating through the normal channels, the skin will be leaned upon as excretory organ.

Nutritional deficiencies, inadequate sleep patterns, hormonal imbalances, medications, stress and environmental stress can have negative implications on the skin.

We conduct an in-depth consultation to highlight all areas that may affect your skins health. This puts you on the right path to living your life without painful skin conditions like acne. It is often both internal and external factors that contribute to acne, this is why we advise you seek internal support form a natural health practitioner, where they can provide a more personalised and holistic internal support.

Below is a link to our online skin consultation to start you on your journey to healthier skin.