I had adult braces in my 20s. When they were gone, I thought all of my troubles were over. My teeth were beautiful, my skin lovely, and I was a wonderful size 2. Ahh, to be young and beautiful!
However, my hormones have proven me wrong about all of my troubles being over. While adult acne is not even nearly as close to as bad as adult braces, it’s still pretty horrible. I haven’t had acne since I was 16 and went on Accutane… and it decides to come back in my 30s? Right as I’m beginning to date?
Sometimes I’m pretty sure the world is playing a cosmic joke on me, only I don’t find it so hilarious.
But I recently read that this actually happens a lot to women my age, and while my first move (and your first move) should be to go to the dermatologist, I actually have some good makeup tips perfected over the years for adult freaking acne (or teenage freaking acne) that are actually really good, so I thought I’d share them for those who happen to be going through the same thing.
First, pick a good skin care routine. Murad is expensive, but it’s worth it. This includes moisturizer. You may think if you have oily skin that you should skip it — I thought this for years — but you should NEVER skip moisturizer. They have some good ones for oily skin, like the one I listed below.
Face Wash — Murad Acne Control Clarifying Cleanser
Moisturizer — Murad Skin Perfecting Lotion — Blemish Prone/Oily Skin
Acne Spot Treatment — Murad Rapid Relief Acne Spot Treatment
Now for the fun stuff… the makeup! I LOVE makeup! I have drawers full of it. I could probably use two big drawers just for eyeshadow palettes alone (though those, unfortunately, aren’t necessary for acne, so I don’t get to talk about them), and I have tried just about every primer, foundation, concealer, powder, and setting spray that exists. There are not many areas in which I’m an expert, but I definitely know what I’m talking about here!
Primer (you may or may not use primer… but you NEED it) — Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional Matte Rescue Mattifying Gel
Foundation (this is good because it has coverage, but isn’t too thick. Blend this and concealer with a beauty blender.) — MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation
Concealer (this has thick and perfect coverage, but is fine when paired with a medium coverage foundation and minimal coverage powder… if you only get one item, this is IT) — Tarte Shape Tape Concealer
Powder (minimal coverage — perfect for that foundation and concealer) — NYX Cosmetics #NOFILTER Finishing Powder
Setting Spray for Oily Skin (just like primer, you NEED a setting spray. They’re gamechangers.) — Urban Decay De-Slick Oil-Control Makeup Setting Spray
I am VERY aware that all of this costs a lot if you’re buying it all at once, and I could get into dupes that work close to as well if this were a makeup blog (or if anybody is interested), but these are the cream of the crop, so I figured I’d start with those.
And that’s how we cover up our adult freaking acne the best we can. It won’t be perfect. Nothing will be. We just have to remember that we’ve got hormones running through our bodies that men don’t have — sometimes they’re a blessing, and sometimes they’re a curse. I’d say that we have the upper hand in being girls a lot of the time when it comes to men, even in our thirties… maybe we women deserve to be taken down a peg sometimes by adult freaking acne.