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Katie’s Skincare Secrets: Dealing with Adult Acne

By QC Student Ambassador, Skincare 6 Comments

Struggling with adult acne? QC Makeup Academy’s Student Ambassador, Katie Stegeman, is here to help! As a graduate of QC’s Skincare Course, Katie is an internationally-certified Skincare Consulting Professional. This article is the first in our brand-new blog series, “Katie’s Skincare Secrets”.

Hi! My name is Katie Stegeman and I’m a graduate of QC Makeup Academy’s Skincare Course. Today, I’m here to talk about adult acne. This topic is near and dear to me, as I’m someone who has definitely struggled with adult acne for a while. Hopefully, the tips I offer you today will help you overcome your struggle, too.

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Adult Acne 101

‘Adult acne’ is acne that occurs after the age of 25. There’s no one specific reason why an adult gets acne. The reality is, it can be caused by many different factors.

If you fall into this category, you might be wondering why this is happening to your skin. What are the specific factors affecting YOU? Furthermore, how can you deal with it properly?

Narrowing down the specific cause of your acne can sometimes feel like a struggle. The culprit might be hormonal, but it can also be caused by excess oil or bacteria on the skin, clogged pores, etc. It can also be the body’s way of telling you that there’s inflammation inside that needs to be addressed.

For some adults, acne can be a brand-new issue. If skin-related issues have never been a concern before, dealing with now can be challenging. Not to mention, it can become an ongoing issue that just never seems to get better. Personally, I fall into the second category. I’ve struggled with acne for nearly 20 years, so believe me, I get it.

However, as of late, I feel like I’ve finally gotten on top of things.

Dealing with Acne as an Adult

There are 2 parts to dealing with adult acne: finding the cause and finding the solution.

For me, finding the solution and committing to the necessary treatments has been a struggle. The cause of my acne as a teen was definitely puberty. Since then, that has changed. Currently, my acne is being triggered by pregnancy hormones, a high sugar diet, and inflammation issues.

When it comes to your situation, there are certain questions you can ask yourself to help narrow down where the problem is stemming from. For example:

  • Do you have oily skin?
  • Is your body reacting poorly to whatever diet you currently have?
  • Could the problem be hormonal?
  • Are you using the wrong products on your skin?
  • Could there be an inflammation you aren’t aware of?

Environmental issues, such as environment or climate, can also affect your skin issues. But here’s the GOOD news: there are many ways to deal with adult acne, depending on what you feel is causing it.

As such, I have 4 major tips that can help:

  1. Find the cause;
  2. Figure out your skin type;
  3. Determine the correct products you should be using;
  4. And be consistent with your skincare routine!
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Breaking Down My 4 Tips for Dealing with Adult Acne

Tip #1: Find the Cause

My first tip to help you combat adult acne is to find the cause behind it. Analyzing your lifestyle and determining what’s causing your acne is the best first step in getting rid of it.

Here are 3 easy things you can try, to see if they help improve your skin:

  • Protect your skin from environmental issues. This is critical for keeping adult acne at bay.
  • Keep track of inflammatory foods that negatively affect you. Too much sugar is a common reason why a lot of people get acne. By keeping a food diary, you can begin cutting down on your sugar intake and reduce adult acne.
  • Clean your face after you work out. If you’re someone who works out constantly, your sweat and increased oil production could be causing adult acne issues as well.

Taking a look at your day-to-day life and analyzing what could possibly be your triggers will be the biggest step in fighting adult acne. And remember: if you’re completely unsure and need professional guidance, that’s okay! You can always book an appointment with a dermatologist and they can work with you to pinpoint the cause(s) of your acne.

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Tip #2: Figure Out Your Skin Type

If you truly want to conquer your acne, you’re going to need to find out what skin type you have. I was always convinced my skin was oily, but dry. As it turned out, “oily but dry” isn’t actually a skin type.

Because of the harsh skincare products I used in my teens, I actually did SO much damage to my skin! Repairing that has been a continued struggle, on top of treating my acne. Chances are, if acne is a constant struggle for you, the issue is excess oil production.

Producing excess oil can be a gift and a curse at the same time. If you’re like me and have larger pores, this can be an indication that oily skin is your skin type. “But what if I also have dry patches on my skin?” you might be wondering. Well, dry patches can indicate that you need the correct hydration for your skin, too.

Finding your true skin type will change the products you need to use, which leads me to my next tip…

Tip #3: Determine the Correct Skincare Products

Adult acne can’t be fixed if you’re using the wrong products for your skin type. So, how can you go about finding the right ones? Once you know what your skin type is, you’ll be able to head in the right direction.

It can be difficult to understand skincare products and properly analyze their ingredients. So many ingredients are guised as great products – but are not actually doing your acne any favors. I know this from experience! As I mentioned earlier, as a teenager, I was using ingredients that were way too harsh for my skin. As a result, they actually did damage to the top layers of skin. Obviously, this was the exact opposite of what I was trying to achieve.

Using insanely harsh products for years and years has caused my skin to become extremely sensitized. There are so many skincare products out there that promise to cure adult acne; many of which, I have personally tried. However, the majority of them did nothing more than dry out my skin and damage the top layers. This, in turn, has caused sensitization.

Now, after 20 years of attempting different remedies, I’ve finally found a full skincare set that’s truly helped repair a lot of that damage!

Want to learn which 5 skincare ingredients are best for your skin? Check out Nathan Johnson’s webinar here!

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Tip #4: Be Consistent With Your Skincare Routine

My 4th and final tip is to make sure that you’re as consistent as possible with your optimal skincare routine. That is what will truly lead to results!

If you’re using the correct products for your skin, it will really help your adult acne. Results are not always instantaneous, but long-term use of the correct products will really help. From experience, I totally understand that when you have adult acne, you just want it to be gone ASAP. Having the patience to wait for products to work their magic can be so hard sometimes.

This is something I really struggle with. I’m a stay-at-home mom of (soon to be) 6 children. They take so much of my energy. As a result, I don’t always feel like I have the time or energy to put into my skincare routine. But I know I need that extra 10-20 minutes each night to help myself – and my skin – feel better.

This is why it’s important to not let impatience get the better of you! Keep at it and don’t give up. Use your products morning and night, every single day. Doing your skincare routine twice a day will help accelerate your process. Sometimes, even the best products take 2-3 months to really dig deep into your pores and fix the issue.

Why Learning About Proper Skincare Will Help You Combat Adult Acne

For me, learning about skincare has been so amazing! Not only has it helped me and my own skin issues; it’s also taught me how to help my clients. I’ve been able to make sure that I use the correct products and makeup for their individual skin type. In turn, I can then achieve the best look possible that will last.

As a makeup artist, proper skincare knowledge has been especially important for my career. I would never want to be in a situation where my products were not suitable for the client, didn’t have longevity, or caused more issues than what it was worth.

Moreover, I’ve also been able to start my pre-teen daughter on a proper skincare routine. I know this will really help her, especially during this time of her life.

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QC Makeup Academy’s Skincare Course

QC Makeup Academy’s Skincare Course was literally life-changing for me. I have struggled with my skin for nearly 20 years, but now I FINALLY feel like I’ve got it under control! (Aside from the pregnancy hormones I’m currently experience, of course.)

3 big reasons why this training has been essential for me are:

  1. I’ve been able to adjust my skincare routine so that it actually helps my skin type and needs;
  2. I’m now able to help my preteen daughter prevent breakouts from happening on her own skin;
  3. My newfound expertise allows me to share these experiences and knowledge with other people.

For the sake of my own skin, I could not be more grateful for this course! I’m now confident that I’ll finally have better skin. My skin used to upset me so much, to the point of tears. Feeling that self-conscious, and being made fun of, was a regular occurrence for me. If I’m being honest, those things were still happening up until recently, too. But now that’s starting to change.

If you need help with skincare, take it from me: QC Makeup Academy’s Skincare Course is a MUST!

certified skincare consultant working with client on adult acne issues

If you’ve found that perfect product or skincare routine for your own skin, comment below and share what that is! Want to ask me more questions or connect with me> Come join QC Makeup Academy’s Virtual Classroom on Facebook.

Thank you so much for reading! I hope these tips are helpful for you and your skincare needs.

Become a certified skincare expert in as little as 3-6 months by enrolling in QC’s Skincare Course today!

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Why I’m Taking QC’s Global Beauty Workshop

By Education, Global Beauty, Student Ambassador, Your Makeup Career 2 Comments

Katie Stegeman is a QC Makeup Academy Student Ambassador, graduate, and current student. Today, she discusses the reasons why she’s chosen to enroll and get professionally certified in the Global Beauty Workshop.

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A Little About Me…

Hi, everyone! My name is Katie Stegeman. I’m a stay-at-home mom of five (soon to be six) beautiful babies. I am also a professional makeup artist. When I first started my training at QC Makeup Academy, I had very little training in makeup. The only makeup I did was on myself – and I’ll admit, it wasn’t the greatest.

Since enrolling with QC, however, I have become a professionally certified International Skincare Consulting Professional (ISCP) and have received a certificate in virtual makeup services. I’m also currently working on completing the following additional courses:

  • Master Makeup Artistry
  • Pro Makeup Workshop
  • Hair Styling Essentials
  • Airbrush Makeup Workshop
  • Portfolio Development Workshop
  • Global Beauty Workshop

The Global Beauty Workshop is actually what I’m here to discuss with you today. I’d like to give you some insight into why I chose to get trained in this particular area of makeup artistry… and why YOU should, too!

What is Global Beauty?

Global beauty is so important for every makeup artist to understand. Ideally, any kind of person should be able to sit in your makeup chair, and you should be able to identify and understand:

  • Their skin tone;
  • Their undertone;
  • The texture of their skin;
  • Products to use;
  • Products to avoid, etc.

Why is Global Beauty Important?

This extensive knowledge is VITAL to your success! Global beauty training allows your skill-set to be inclusive to everyone. After all, not all skin is going to be the same. One client’s skin might react one way to makeup, while another’s will react differently.

Plus, global beauty training will make you well-versed in all the different types of skin tones. You don’t want to be known as the makeup artist who can only work on one tone, do you? No! You should be able to work with fair skin tones, dark skin tones, deep skin tones, golden skin tones, and everything in-between!

Speaking from personal experience, global beauty training has already helped me advance my makeup techniques. As a beauty expert, clients are relying on you to understand their specific needs. This is the ONLY way you’ll be able to give them their ideal results.

For example, say a client wants a traditional South Asian bridal look. You’ll need to understand everything – from the primer you’ll need to use, to the type of coverage this look requires, etc. Traditional South Asian bridal looks are very different from its modern counterpart.

Global beauty training has its place in editorial and media makeup, too. Not all skin tones will show up the same on camera. Each skin tone has its own needs and requirements in order for it to look its best with this particular medium.

I haven’t even covered the tip of the iceberg, to be honest. When you get trained in global beauty, you’re going to be learning a LOT of invaluable information that you didn’t know before. You’ll even be taught things like henna tattoos (which I’m particularly interested in learning about). If your goal is to strengthen your resume and take your career to the next level, my point is: global beauty training is the way to go!

South Asian bridal makeup

Why I Enrolled in QC’s Global Beauty Workshop

I enrolled because I’m always trying to absorb as much information as I possibly can. When I started with QC Makeup Academy last year, I didn’t have a lot of makeup knowledge. I wanted that education. My training needed to be as diverse as possible – and QC’s Global Beauty Workshop definitely meets this criteria.

A lot of the makeup artists in my area are not trained. To set myself apart, I wanted to gain a legitimate foundation. I wanted a reputable certification I could physically showcase to others. This way, clients would notice that I was different from the others… and it’s been working!

Enrolling in QC’s Global Beauty Workshop has already booked me clients! I know it will only continue to aid in my business from here.

What You’ll Learn

It would be impossible for me to fit the entire course curriculum into this article, because there’s just so much incredible information taught to you. However, here’s a short list of some of the skills you’ll learn by enrolling in the Global Beauty Workshop:

  • Understanding and working with a wide variety of skin tones;
  • Corrective makeup for different skin tones;
  • Special focuses on deep skin tones, fair skin tones, medium & olive skin tones, and golden skin tones;
  • Bridal, editorial, and other specialized looks for various skin tones;
  • Building your makeup kit;
  • Working with henna;
  • Marketing your services;
  • And so much more!

The course itself is less than 40 hours long. However, you have up to 2 full years to complete it. A lot of grads found that by devoted 1-2 hours per week on their studies, they were able to graduate in as little as 3-6 months (sometimes less).

The best part? Once you’ve graduated, you’ll receive a physical copy of your Global Beauty Workshop certificate to proudly add to your resume!

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Applying My Global Beauty Training to Real Life

As I mentioned earlier, I’ve actually since booked even more clients, thanks to my global beauty training with QC. These are clients I know I would not have booked otherwise, because they had very specific needs that required the proper training on my end.

Here’s a perfect example… There was a client in my area who was looking for a makeup artist with experience in darker skin tones. As it turned out, the overwhelming majority of MUAs in our area did NOT have training in this. (Admittedly, where we live is not overly diverse.) Because I was the only makeup artist who saw the post and knew how to work with darker skin tones, I booked the job!

Becoming a trained global beauty makeup artist has made SUCH a huge difference for me. Taking this workshop has given me that little extra training that proves to go a LONG way. I now properly understand international makeup techniques and can work with any client interested in my services.

What Being a QC Student Looks Like

Within a day or two after enrolling in the Global Beauty Workshop, I received direct online access to my digital course materials. Not long after that, QC mailed a physical box of materials right to my doorstep. These physical materials included books, henna tools, and a cream concealer. Instructional videos, quizzes, and assignments are also provided as part of the digital resources.

If I’m being completely honest, I recommend ALL of the classes at QC Makeup Academy. The tutors have been outstanding! They care about helping me become the best makeup artist I can be. I truly appreciate all of their support and feedback. The Virtual Classroom on Facebook has also been one of my favorite parts about being a QC student! Being able to connect with other students, grads, and instructors is wonderful.

I’m a busy mom, so the self-paced course timeline has been invaluable, too. The Support Staff at the school have also been amazing. There are days when my children need more from me. Being able to take a day/week/month off to be there for my family is immensely helpful!

Before enrolling, I’d looked at QC Makeup Academy’s reviews. I did a lot of investigating into what the students had to say about the courses and their experiences. It took me a long time to make the decision to enroll. But looking back, I am SO happy I found QC Makeup Academy. It’s changed my life – and it can change YOURS, too!

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Thank you so much for taking the time to read what I had to say. I truly appreciate it! If you want to come connect with me and other students before signing up with QC Makeup Academy, you’re welcome to join the Virtual Classroom for a 2-week trial. Feel free to find me there and ask any questions you might have. I’m always happy to help!

Ready to become a master of makeup? Take your career to the next level by enrolling in QC’s Global Beauty Workshop today!