Acne - Not Just for Teens August 12 2014

Have you ever looked in the mirror and declared, “I should not have wrinkles and pimples on the same face!” If so, you’re not alone. Acne isn’t just for teenagers. In fact, many people are plagued by adult acne into their 30s, 40s, and even 50s. Stress, hormonal changes, medications and skin or hair care products can all contribute to this adult acne. Here are some tips to treating your breakouts.

1. Use a mild antibacterial cleanser twice daily. Limit the scrubs and harsher cleansers to once or twice weekly as they may actually irritate the skin and make the acne worse.

2. Limit the use of oily hair care products and make sure you keep your hair products off of your face.

3. Keep your hands off of your face and no picking! See your esthetician for proper extractions. Picking and popping may lead to scarring and infection.

4. Birth control pills may help acne that is caused my hormonal changes. You can consult your doctor if you feel this may be a problem for you.

5. Microdermabrasion and certain peels can be helpful in fighting acne. These procedures can be irritating so be sure they are done by an experience professional who can determine which procedure is most beneficial for your skin type and condition.

6. Products containing salicylic acid and retinol can be helpful to treat breakouts but be careful not to over-dry the skin. Keeping a good balance is important, especially when you are fighting wrinkles and acne at the same time. Your esthetician can advise you of the best home care regimen for your particular condition.