Anti-Aging skin Care: The Teenage Years

There is a gorgeous  buffet of choices  for acne care including gels, pills, antibiotics, lights, retinoids,  lasers, hormones, peels and wipes.  There is even an i phone app that offers an acne-fighting light that has good science behind it!  This plan looks at  a way to integrate standard acne fighters with anti-aging protection. 

In the Morning:

* Wash face with oil -free cleanser such as Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Anti-Blemish Cleanser ( Neutrogena, $7.99) and Clean and Clear Continuous Control Acne Cleanser ( Johnson and Johnson, $6.99).   Wet your face and rub a dab into your face.  Massage  gently and rinse thoughly with warm water.

* Apply a treatment  product  that contains acne fighters such as benzoyl peroxide which deals acne causing bacteria in  the pores or salicylic acid which dries up blackheads and small blemishes. 

* Top with oil-free moisturizer/ sunscreen such as Oil-Free Moisture, SPF 15 ( Neutrogena, $10.99)

Nighttime Care

* Wash your face with oil-free cleanser ( see  selections for daytime)

* Wait for 30 minutes before applying a  heavy duty treatment product such as an antibiotic gel  like Clindamycin( prescription only)  or a Retin A formulation for acne  such as Tazorac.  Start using them three times a week to allow your skin to get used  to them and work  up to every night. 

Once a week  use a home glycolic peel.  My current favorite is Exfoliating Glyco Peel System   from Patricia WexlerMD ( $60).  Glycolic acid  is awesome!  It takes off the top dead layer of skin cells that encourages healthy skin growth.  It is a valuable acne fighter as well as a great anti-aging tool.  In fact, for twenty somethings, glycolic acid  becomes   the first line anti-aging  tool.

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  3. I recently switched to glycolic acid from benzoyl peroxide because it was bleaching alot of my clothes. It also seems alot less harsh on my skin. I can acne cysts sometimes and it is supposed to be better for that also.
    I’ve had the best results from that and an antibiotic cream called duac.

  4. This is good to know. I have tried everything from Burts Bees but way to oily. I’ve tried every product too at whole foods almost. I do the at home facial with the Riiviva Microdermabrasion tool for my acne scarring and it’s terrific. Its here at http://www.riiviva.com.
    Do you have any recommendations as to what avenue to take for mositurizing with out all the oily residue that happens when I use oils. Thanks

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