My teen years are long gone, but I am still experiencing frequent breakouts. What should I do?
Acne isn’t just for teenagers—many adult men and women experience breakouts into their 40s and 50s. The acne is the same as your adolescent breakouts, but treating problem skin at an older age can be different.
A variety of problems can cause adult acne, including stress, pregnancy, menopause and certain prescription medications. In addition, as your skin matures, it produces less collagen, which can hinder the healing process. When picking out a cleanser to treat breakouts, take your adult skin type into account. For instance, if you have particularly sensitive or dry skin, try a gentle cleanser like NeoStrata’s Anti-Bacterial Cleanser, rather than a harsher wash that could over dry and further irritate your skin’s problem areas. Treat blemishes with a topical cream or toner containing Salicylic acid. Make sure to drink eight glasses of water a day, and stay away from greasy foods with high fat content.
If your adult acne is as stubborn as it was in your younger years, consult your dermatologist for additional options, like laser therapy. The Sciton Blue Light treatment is designed for both teens and adults, and is the most effective and non-invasive way to treat acne and heal skin.
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