I know, I know. You and I both thought we left acne in our teenage years. But, alas, for some of us unfortunate souls, blemishes have followed us into our middle age years. Honestly, I feel like it is awful timing to be going through the woes of pimples and zits alongside our kids. Because, in most cases, we can’t share products. Teen skin is WAY different than adult skin, thus, our skin needs different options. Plus, it is just not fair. Not one bit. 

Over the last year or so I have been experimenting with good ol’ trial and error to discover the best acne treatment products for my middle aged skin. My sister and bestie have been on the hunt too. And today, we’ve got a great round up of things for you to try if zits are part of your daily skin regimen.

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

Dry out those pimples with the one and only Mario Badescu Drying Lotion! I love this stuff and keep a bottle right next to my bathroom sink. Each night I dab a smidge on any surfacing spots and can often tame them before they fully surface. Best of all, it is less than $20 and lasts forever.

Kora Organics

My sister recently chatted with a plastic surgeon who said that Kora Organics is one of the best product lines for combatting middle aged acne and other skin blemishes like wrinkles and age spots that creep up during this season of life.   

Double Cleansing Method

Wash your face twice? Sure, why not? The double cleansing method isn’t a specific product, but rather the process of first cleaning your face with an oil-based face wash (to remove make-up, sunscreen, and lotion) and then washing a second time with a water-based cleanser (that washes sweat off best). Oil attracts oil-based things, and water deals with the rest. This two step method ensures no oil, dirt, products, or grime is left on your face – all of which are breeding grounds for blemishes.

Birth Control + Antibiotics 

At my last annual I brought up my skin complaints. My provider said that birth control might be my best bet as it would help calibrate hormones that are fueling my breakouts. A topical antibiotic like clindamycin can also be effective in kicking worrisome breakouts. Who knew? 

Grapeseed Oil

When you look at the ingredient list on many high end products you will often find grapeseed oil. Why? Well, it helps fight the red variation of blemishes. It has also been found to promote cell regeneration which means it will help repair damaged skin. Snag yourself an amber roller bottle and fill it with grapeseed oil for easy application. 

Arbonne Clear Future® Intensive Acne Spot Treatment

In my search for the perfect acne warrior I gave Arbonne’s Clear Future® Intensive Acne Spot Treatment a try. My very natural friend recommended it because it is vegan, gluten free, and cruelty free. I liked that, but even more, I liked that it works! Totally worth the $32, cheaper if you become a member.

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About Gretchen Bossio

Gretchen Bossio is a homeschooling mom of four from the Pacific Northwest. Writing has always been one of her favorite pastimes so she takes great joy in moonlighting as a freelance writer covering topics such as parenting, wellness, education, fashion, and travel.

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