Tips for Tackling Aging Acne-Prone Skin
Acne and signs of aging are hard enough to handle on their own but many face the difficult task of needing to treat both. Fortunately, there are trusted strategies and ingredients that go into the best skincare for acne and antiaging, helping you tackle stubborn breakouts while aging gracefully.
Best Skincare for Acne and Antiaging
Protecting skin from UV rays is vital for preventing premature aging and cancer. You should wear at least 30SPF daily; go for mineral sunscreens to avoid aggravating sensitive skin.
Gentle cleansers remove bacteria and grime without stripping skin of natural oils. Look for foaming or oil-based products.
Removing dead skin cells is key for preventing breakouts and fine lines. While harsh physical methods like microdermasion can help with aging, they can aggravate acne. Instead, go for mild chemical exfoliants.
Dermatologist Marnie Nussbaum recommends an exfoliant that “contains both salicylic acid and alphahydroxy acids to clear pores, prevent acne and increase the shedding of dead skin cells.”
Serums and Spot Treatments
Adding a serum or spot treatment after cleansing and before moisturizing can be a great way to target problem areas or add flexibility to your routine. Discoloration from healed acne or sun exposure, for example, can be treated with brightening serums that use Vitamin C or niacinamide.
There’s a wide variety of moisturizer options but you should have at least a lighter formula for the day and a nourishing, restorative version for nighttime. Other ingredients to consider include:
- Hyaluronic acid, a powerful humectant that attracts and holds water in the skin, moisturizing and plumping to fill out fine lines
- Retinol, a form of Vitamin A that stimulates collagen and cell turnover. This is an amazing anti-aging ingredient but can be harsh for some acne-prone faces.
- UV blockers like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. A combo sunscreen and moisturizer means you can protect your skin without piling on products, which can aggravate acne.
Glutathione (GSH), the body’s Master Antioxidant, is becoming known as one of the best substances in skincare for acne and antiaging because it helps combat oxidative stress.
Oxidative stress occurs when we have too many free radicals, a by-product of cell processes and cumulative damage from illness, injury, or toxin exposure. Free radicals can harm cellular DNA, disrupting normal function. This is linked to a variety of health concerns including skin issues like acne and premature aging.
GSH is particularly effective both for limiting oxidative stress and boosting overall skin function and appearance. Not only does it tackle free radicals, it also recycles itself and other antioxidants, regulates cell turnover, promotes collagen production, and controls overall inflammation.
That’s why Auro’s patented Skincare Protocol uses sub-nanotechnology to combine highly absorbable GSH with premium skincare ingredients like Vitamin C, Coenzyme Q10, and retinol. This provides a complete skincare package in easy-to-use formulations for both day and night. Or there’s Auro GSH Spray for all GSH’s benefits with limited extra ingredients.
To learn more about defeating oxidative stress, read Auro founder Dr. Nayan Patel’s comprehensive guide Glutathione Revolution. Or start with Glutathione Benefits for Skin!
What to Avoid for Acne-Prone and Aging Skin
When it comes to skincare, external factors like your environment and how you handle your skin are just as important as the products and ingredients you choose. To get the most out of your skincare, here’s some things you should avoid:
- Touching your face throughout the day. This introduces bacteria and toxins that trigger breakouts.
- Using washcloths, brushes, or other abrasives when cleansing or exfoliating
- Prolonged sun exposure without protective clothing or sunscreen
- A diet heavy in processed foods
While acne-prone and aging skin can be frustrating, there are a variety of remedies you can try. Start with the recommendations here and you may be surprised at how happy your skin can be!