Its true I love to watch Glee and relive my high school memories with better music– but I’m way too old to deal with teenage style breakouts. Or am I? I was trying out a new oil free cleanser and sunscreen that promised to reduce signs of aging. Well, the new combo gave me pimples and I don’t count that as a youthful look.
I had taken this photo to show a baseline photo before a laser treatment. When I saw teenage- style pimples next to my wrinkles, I buried the photo in the “never use” pile, too embaressed to use it. How could I put up a photo with zits when I’m doing a beauty blog that shows what works and what doesn’t. But I get so many questions about acne over 40, I realized that this is a topic that deserves a closer look.
According to Dr Lefkovits, while acne begins in adolesence, it often persists for decades. In fact, about 50% of women over 25 have to deal with breakouts. Over age 40, about 25% of us have to deal with grey hair AND acne. How unfair is that! But while the zits might look the same, the triggers for breakouts change over the years– and the tried and true remedies for teenage acne are not effective for adults. So not only do we need to make different lifestyle changes to prevent acne, we need different remedies to make our skin smooth and clear. It makes sense. I don’t have to study for SAT’s and worry about the mean girls at lunch– why shouldn’t my skin care be different.