Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Age 20+ and still getting acne? It could be several things..

Hormones - Pimples arriving like clockwork? We all have natural fluctuating levels of hormones, especially those of us with menstrual cycles. Just before ovulation, a peak in the production of testosterone causes excess oil which can cause breakouts. Use a salicylic acid containing cleanser like Noxema Clean Blemish control foaming wash or Biore 4-in-1 foaming cleanser. If you continue to break out, switch your moisturizer to one that's oil-free, to hydrate without clogging pores.

Stress - Stress is a major cause of adult acne because adrenal glands over produce androgens, male hormones present in both men and women, causing oil glands to swell and pimples to pop up. Lather up with acne-fighting cleanser while pinpointing acupressure points; the temples, the sides of the nose and the front of the forehead. Gently knead each spot with your index fingers for 20 seconds, breathing slowly and deeply.
Rinse off and apply an oil-free acne treatment like Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress control 3 in 1 Hydrating Treatment ($8, and moisturize. Too late for prevention? Tap on a concealer with your fingers containing salicyclic acid and blend the edges. Don't pop or pick!

Sweet Tooth - There's nothing wrong with indulging once in a while, but some research suggests that foods heavy in refined sugars create a surge in insulin and triggers breakouts. It doesn't help to already have oily skin. Step away from the vending machine!

Acne Cosmetica - Yes, there's a name for using too much product! The same products that help with aging may be contributing to your clogged pores. Avoid products with ingredients like mineral oil (It's cheap), petrolatum, lanolin, sesame oil and cocoa butter. They trap bacteria in the skin. Try products like Murad Anti-Aging Acne Moisturizer ($46 or at Ulta) that have the same collagen stimulators and amino acids we look for in our wrinkle remedies. Apply a thinner layer every other day and double up only on the wrinkle prone areas. You can use Lancome's Genifique Youth Activating Serum ($84 at Macy's) or you can use Loreal's Youth Code Serum. It's sold at walmart and target and ITS THE EXACT SAME THING for more than half the price. =]

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