Adult Acne: 6 Common Concerns, Answered!


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Acne isn't just a teenage problem. In fact, 25% of women in their 40s and beyond experience breakouts. Banish blemishes for good with our spot-on advice from NYC-based dermatologist Dendy Engelman, M.D.
Is there a right way to wash your face?

Dr. Engelman: Over-cleansing can irritate blemishes and dry out your skin. Wash twice daily with a gentle but effective cleanser that contains 2% salicylic acid. This will lightly exfoliate skin and open up pores, which can prevent future breakouts.

Editor's product pick: Bioré blemish Fighting Ice Cleanser, $8 The tingling, cooling sensation refreshes skin. 

What causes acne, and how can I prevent it?

Dr. Engelman: Whatever your age, breakouts have similar causes. Hormones play a big role: Your body starts producing them during puberty and continues through adulthood, flaring back up in your 40s. Controlling your diet can help. Try to minimize intake of dairy and sugary snacks and drinks, which can worsen acne. Stress is another trigger. To relax, participate in a stress-reducing activity regularly. Exercise, meditation and yoga are good options.

Editor's product pick: DDF Sulfur Therapeutic Mask, $40 Apply once a week to help control oil production and heal breakouts.

Is there a difference between adult and teen acne?

Dr. Engelman: The location of breakouts changes as you get older. Teens frequently have clogged pores and whiteheads in the T-zone and center of the face (nose, cheeks). Women tend to break out at the periphery of the face—on the jaw and neck and along the hairline.

Editor's product pick: Oxy Maximum Action Spot Treatment, $7 Benzoyl peroxide (10%) kills bacteria, and a tint acts as a concealer.

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