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Adult acne: Tailored advice for your rebellious grown-up skin

If you thought acne was a condition that only affects hormonal teens, you might be surprised at how many people actually continue to experience it well into their adult years. In fact, it turns out that 25 percent of adult men and 50 percent of adult women suffer from the beauty predicament, according to the Journal of American Academy of Dermatology and the International Journal of Cosmetic Science.

Your skin’s needs have evolved too much for you to continue using those Stridex face wipes. Here’s some advice that’s made to fit women with blemishes.

• Recognize the source of the problem: Rhoda Narins, MD, clinical professor of dermatology at New York University School of Medicine, told Oprah Magazine that once women hit their 20s and 30s, the cause of acne is less likely to be their skin and hormones going haywire, but rather the products they’re using. Narins recommends switching to oil-free, non-comedegonic products first, and avoiding typical culprits like lanolin, mineral oil, petrolatum and heavy makeup.

• Make whatever lifestyle changes you need to: Acne is often hereditary, especially for people who continue to experience it past their teen years. That being said, your hormones are more than likely in a better place than they were on the evening of your prom night, so any lifestyle changes you make now might have a greater impact on the condition of your skin. Try cutting down on the amount of dairy and refined sugars and carbs you consume on a daily basis.

• Modify your treatment of choice: Many experts point to benzoyl peroxide as the number one acne-fighting ingredient for both teens and adults. However, the stuff can be a bit drying, especially for adult skin that’s not exactly producing oil at the rate of a 14-year-old’s. Choose a topical treatment with benzoyl peroxide that also contains hydrating ingredients like lactic acid, shea butter or plant oils.

In the end, acne is a pesky beauty problem that affects us all (well, almost). Making the right changes can work wonders.

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing