3 Steps To Prevent Adult Acne

Woman with adult acne 3 Steps To Prevent Adult Acne

Many women in their 30s are frustrated that their once oily skin from their teenage years is still a problem. Acne can last way past the teenage years into your 20s, 30s and beyond. If you started using products in your teens that stripped away your skin’s natural oils, your skin may now reflect that. For a woman in her 30s who is starting to see visible skin changes and wrinkle formation, finding the right skin care regimen and makeup is so important.

Your skin needs different ingredients and formulations in your teens versus later decades. Oil-free formulas can still be effective, but overly drying products loaded with high levels of benzoyl peroxide and other acne-fighting agents may be more harsh than your skin can tolerate in your 30s. It is not uncommon to talk to women who are complaining of acne breakouts and wrinkles at the same time. It can be challenging to find the best skin care program to address both of these concerns.

If your skin is normal to dry, try using a lighter, crème-based foundation. Crème-to-powder foundations can be hydrating and glide over smooth, healthy skin beautifully. You may add a primer that goes on first to allow your makeup to set well and last longer. If your skin is still oily and you get occasional pimples, look for formulas that are non-comedogenic that do not clog pores.

Acne is not just for teens. In fact, adult acne is much more common than people realize. It is primarily hormonal, and affects as many as 50 percent of adult women in the US. Here are three tried-and-true tips for preventing adult acne:

  • Be Gentle. Don’t blast your skin with harsh products that will further dehydrate it. Use a gentle cleanser such as one with salicylic acid.
  • Wash Twice a Day, That’s It. Washing your face any more than twice a day can cause drying of the skin, which leads to greater oil production to overcompensate. It’s a vicious cycle.
  • Break it by washing just twice a day. Bonus Tip: Use the Clarisonic brush with the sensitive brush head to remove all makeup and help your cleanser work even better.

Don’t Kid Yourself. Skip adult-unfriendly ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide and, for some, prescription tretinonin. These are usually better for younger skin. For adults, I recommend physician strength retinoids and chemical peels as they effectively address acne and aging at the same time. It’s a win-win.

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