Sure, when you’re in your teens and even 20s, acne can seem relatively normal. But what do you do when breakouts continue into your 40s?
First off, try not to stress about it. Luckily, plenty of treatments and options are available to help you discover your smoothest, acne-free skin ever.
Let’s get into it …
Tip #1: See the Dermatologist
As a woman over 40, your skin constantly changes and adapts due to the differences in hormone levels that start around this age.
One of the easiest ways to treat adult acne is to see a dermatologist who can accurately diagnose the cause of your acne and prescribe potential treatments and a skincare regimen.
Tip #2: Exfoliate More Often
Acne can form for many reasons, including hormonal changes, but it’s also caused by excess oil buildup on the skin.
Choose chemical exfoliators instead of a physical scrub, and look for ingredients such as salicylic acid, BHAs and AHAs. Make it a habit to exfoliate at least 3x a week.
Don’t forget to moisturize and change your pillowcases regularly.
Tip #3: Try Retinol
You may have heard of this beauty wonder and yes, the hype around it is true. Now, while retinol isn’t for everyone (talk to your dermatologist to make sure it’s right for you), its powerful properties help resurface your skin.
Retinol can be irritating and drying, so start 1-2x week and build up your tolerance. And, don’t forget sunscreen afterward!
You can get retinol from your dermatologist, but less potent treatments are available over the counter or at beauty product retailers like Sephora.
So, if you’re suffering from adult acne, know this … you are not alone! With the right skincare regimen, hydration and exfoliation, you can clear up your face in no time.
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