07 March 2012

Tips on how to Cure Adult Acne at any age | post 18

I don't know about you, but this harsh winter weather is not my skins best friend. Since moving to a colder climate, my skin has gone from "mostly under control" to "yikes!!". What is going on?! I am not a teenager going through puberty, so what gives?? Below are a few quick tips on how to beat blemishes in your 20's, 30's, and 40's.

In Your 20's

First and foremost, don't get discouraged if you start breaking out well after your teen years. "Regardless of age, there are several factors that can affect why a woman will suddenly begin to get acne," explains Houston-based dermatologist, Dr. Paul Friedman. "Genetics, exposure to bacteria, open hair follicles, and hormones are among them."

Younger women should start their attack on breakouts by opting for lightweight skin-care products, because their skin still produces a fair amount of natural oils. "I tell my patients to look for non-comedogenic gels, lotions, and serums that won't further clog pores," advises Friedman. "Also, you don't want to overdo it with harsh cleansers, so find a gentle wash to use daily."

DDF Blemish Foaming Cleanser, $30; drugstore.com

For singular pimples, "I recommend that my younger patients use salicylic acid-based products, because this ingredient also serves to clean out pores," explains Friedman. We like this pen because, even though you should never pop a pimple, mistakes happen, and this gel-based solution will protect the wound from infection.

Clean & Clear Advantage Popped Pimple Relief Pen, $6.99; drugstore.com

In Your 30's

"As women in their 30s and 40s approach menopause, their menstrual cycles become less consistent, which can result in increased breakouts," says Friedman. For many, this type of hormone-related acne appears along the chin and jawline in the form of cystic nodules. "See your doctor if you experience this," notes Friedman. "The best cure might be taking low-dose birth control pills to regulate hormone activity."

Because slightly older skin doesn't heal as quickly as younger dermises (scarring, yikes!), go full throttle when you notice the occasional breakout, and try a three-step skin-care system that works to remove impurities while hydrating parched skin. We like this kit because it also helps reduce redness for sensitive skin-types.

Clinique Acne Solutions Clear SKin System, $32.50; nordstrom.com

Vitamin A derivatives, like Renova, don't just work to erase wrinkles. They help clear up acne, too (it all comes down to exfoliation in the end). "For women in their 20s and 30s, I prescribe Retin A or Tazorac to treat regular breakouts," explains Friedman. "Unless she's trying to conceive, or is pregnant. In that case these medications are not recommended."

In Your 40's

"The reality of aging is that our skin produces less oil and collagen over time," notes Friedman. "So, I recommend that my patients over 40 opt for more hydrating products to treat their acne, like creams." Since acne isn't just limited to the face, remember to moisturize from head to toe to prevent body breakouts, in addition to scaly patches.

While stress plays a role in the appearance acne, no matter your age, certain factors associated with the 40+ years can exacerbate breakout-prone skin even more. "I remind my older patients how much diet can play a role in how our skin looks, especially as women start to raise junk-food-happy teenagers," continues Friedman. Stick to a low-carb, low-dairy food plan, instead of munching on drive-through grabs, to score a more youthful glow around the clock.

Once you get to a certain age, it's more important to look at the concentration of active ingredients that you're using, than the product itself," adds Friedman. "Women who are predisposed to dry, sensitive skin should look for lower levels of actives, like two percent salicylic acid, when selecting spot treatments." We like this formula because it tightens pores (another telltale sign of aging) as it erases pesky pimples.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar K Daily Renovating Anti-Relapse Acne Treatment, $27.50; amazon.com

The information above was taken from www.realbeauty.com. Read more: Adult Acne Products and Cures - How to Treat Adult Acne - Realbeauty.com

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