“Female adult acne”, as it’s known by dermatologists, is “an increasingly common condition. Today two-thirds of women aged between 30 and 45, mostly those living in towns and cities, suffer from this problem,” says dermatologist Michel Le Maître. But what can be done to prevent it?
The root of the problem
Every day, your skin is subjected to conditions that disrupt its natural ecosystem. These might include stress, pollution, unsuitable contraception, excessive exfoliations and overly rich creams. In response, the skin produces sebum to protect itself. But excessive sebum can clog pores, resulting in a dull complexion and the appearance of imperfections such as blackheads and spots. In addition to all these factors which can harm the quality of the skin, Michel Le Maître emphasises the profoundly negative impact of tobacco: “as well as impairing skin microcirculation, it also causes microcysts”.
A gentle approach
The best way to disguise or curb the formation of spots is to use a cream designed to correct all types of imperfections: blackheads, pores, shine-prone skin, redness, acne scarring and uneven skin tone. For catwalk make-up artist Diane, those with problem skin should “simply use a purifying salicylic acid cream on a daily basis”. You can then disguise the problem by emphasising your features with make-up on the non-affected area of the face. “The best option is to give yourself a smoky eye effect or bold coral or carmine lips.” Finally, give up smoking! It is by far the best way to rediscover that bright complexion and stop imperfections gaining ground.
True or false: can certain foods cause acne?
There is no scientific evidence linking junk food, cold meats, fatty products and chocolate to acne. However, there are increasing concerns about over-indulging in dairy products. These claims are made by a study published in the American Journal of Dermatology. Why? Milk contains natural hormones which appear to instruct the sebaceous glands to produce more sebum. So a genetic predisposition to skin imperfections and regular consumption of dairy products would seem to be a recipe for recurring shininess and spots.