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Dealing with Adult Acne

Dealing with Adult Acne

 I have to be honest, adult acne is a drag! I mean, first we have to deal with the “onset aging experience" but, now we’re getting breakouts again? Is there some sort of higher purpose to all of this madness?!

Struggling with these two skin conditions, first and foremost we have to clear the skin before we target wrinkles. And one of the biggest challenges with acne prone skin as we age is also having dry and dehydrated skin. Your products for dry skin might help with hydration but could also be too heavy for the areas of your skin that break out. What a dilemma! Have no fear, there is hope and I am here to share that with you!

When you were a teen, you may have been able to use a high-powered blemish buster like benzoyl peroxide multiple times a day without any irritation. Unfortunately, as we age, our skin gets thinner, dryer and more sensitive — and that can pose problems when it comes to treating acne skin as an adult. Stripping your skin of oil is a thing of the past! we want to target bacteria in the skin and replenish with nutrients and proper hydration. The goal is to balance the irritation with soothing, anti-inflammatory agents that nourish aging skin.

  1. Gently cleanse with an oil cleanser or a creamy BHA cleanser.
  2. Exfoliate 1 to 3 times a week with a gentle acidic pad. The VitaC Pads are wonderful!
  3. Mist your face with a hydrating tonic like a rose toner.
  4. Hyaluronic acid serum! HA holds 1000 times its weight in water which means it will seal in hydration and last all day.
  5. Finished with a lightweight moisturizer like the balancing lotion or Rosehip and hibiscus cream.


No, acne isn’t always about what you are doing or not doing for your skin topically. A big factor we need to take into consideration is the health of our gut. If our gut bacteria is out of whack, you can experience a lot of issues not only with your tummy, but it can show up on your skin in a not so attractive way. Have you ever noticed your skin breaks out more if you had pizza one night or drank a little bit too much alcohol etc.? And some people are more sensitive than others.

Foods to eliminate while dealing with acne breakouts:

I tell all of my clients that if they are struggling with frequent breakouts to illuminate the culprit that is destroying their gut:

  • Dairy, wheat, sugar, alcohol, seaweed, soy, greasy/processed foods.
  • A clean, plain, healthy diet with probiotics and digestive enzymes can really help!
  • An allergy test from a functional medicine practitioner or acupuncturist can also be helpful when healing your gut.


It’s important to remember that treating your acne is a marathon, not a race. It’s best to consult a professional first and do a home care skin care audit. Lay out all of your skin care products you are currently using, investigate the ingredients, and have your professional suggest eliminating or adding things to your regimen.


DermaClear BHA Cleanser

This pore refining cleanser irrigates the follicle, reducing acne causing congestion while restoring crucial hydration levels in the skin.
Ice Balancing Lotion
Regain skin balance with this daily oil controlling lotion. Provides light-weight hydration with a matte finish. Lightens, brightens and calms skin without drying or clogging pores.
Ice Refining Masque
Refine pores and reduce oil production with this soothing clay based masque. Calm skin and manage acne with a combination of Salicylic Acid, Mastiha, Plant Stem Cells and more.
PRO Retinol C4 Serum
Refine and strengthen skin with this powerful Vitamin C and Retinol serum. This potent antioxidant powerhouse contains four forms of Vitamin C to brighten and enrich skin. Reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and manage acne with this multi-tasking serum.
PRO Anti-Aging Pads
This cutting-edge at-home treatment product delivers the peel, peptide and probiotic experience with a powerhouse formulation. Lessens the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while beautifully brightening skin and treating adult acne. 
SPF Solar Shield 30 Oil Free
Shield your skin from harmful sun damage with this light-weight and essential UVA/UVB protection. This anti-aging moisturizer rejuvenates and strengthens with a silky matte finish. 
Rosehip and Hibiscus cream
Rosehip is nature’s “fruit of the Rose”. Rich with Vitamins A, C, E, Lycopene, Omega 3 and 6 Essential Fatty Acids. Contains toning and rejuvenating MSM. Hibiscus is full of antioxidants for soothing and toning.
Formulated for mature skin, and is suitable for sensitive, rosacea, and dry skin. SHOP ACNE-SAFE SKIN CARE HERE!
For more personalized skin care education, call Jessica at 925-864-9535.


S. Smith

I’ve been breaking out my whole life, but it got worse after I turned 40. It was extremely difficult all around (mentally, social, emotionally, physically) and I think I tried every skincare and makeup product under the sun. Going to an esthetician regularly and using Lira Clinical products has helped enormously. I still get a few monthly breakouts but at 53, I tend to not care as much.

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