Monday, October 6, 2008

Its not a teen thing! Treating Adult Acne

Whether its a daily struggle or an occasional outbreak, for many women, acne doesn't disappear after their 18th birthday. Believe it or not, acne can continue to rear its ugly head even into a woman's 40's and 50's! Treating adult acne is possible, but its important to keep in mind that the methods are different than for teenagers. An adult's skin tends to be drier and more sensitive, and also more prone to discoloration. Here are some tips for treating adult acne:

1. Go lower-strength. Because adult skin isn’t as tough as a teen’s, try effective active ingredients, such as benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid, in lower solutions. For instance, instead of 2 percent salicylic acid, choose 1 percent. Rather than selecting a product with 10 percent benzoyl peroxide, go with 5 or 2.5 percent.

2. Try an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA). AHAs are great exfoliators that slough off dead skin cells, which along with sebum, dirt and bacteria, contribute to acne. To prevent this build-up, invest in an AHA moisturizer. It not only treats acne but also targets wrinkling and discoloration. In particular, look for glycolic acid.

3. Consider a prescription. If over-the-counter products haven’t been working, your dermatologist can prescribe retinoids, including Retin-A and Differin, which accelerate cell turnover and have been used for decades to treat acne.

4. Look carefully at labels. Make sure all your beauty products say they’re either oil-free, non-acnegenic or noncomedogenic. Cosmetics without these labels can clog pores and trigger acne.

5. Evaluate existing products. Are your skincare products still working? Take a look through your entire skincare stash (especially if you haven’t updated the routine since your younger days), because your once tried-and-true products might be ineffective. Or worse, they might contribute to your lackluster, blemished skin. Remember, just as your skin type can vary by season, it changes with age, too.

1 comment:

Beauty said...

You mention that it's important to evaluate the products we're currently using in our skincare routine.

Can you recommend certain products that we should be using for mature skin?