I have been getting quite a few questions about acne past the teeneage years. Its not really surprising since up to 50% of women over 25 have acne problems. And while its not an anti-aging issue, the whole point of getting rid of age spots and wrinkles is to look better– and getting rid of breakouts certainly falls under that category.
Question 1: I am 45. Can I use my daughter’s acne soaps and gels to control my breakouts?
Probably not. During the teenage years bacteria in the pores are a major driver of breakouts. In moms, not so much. Benzoyl peroxide, an ingredient found in many acne cleansers and treatments products, works by attacking these bacteria, and is a go-to ingredient in many acne products aimed at teenagers. When you’re in the … Continue Reading… →
Many derms believe that make-up and skin care products are key triggers for adult breakouts. Dubbed Acne Cosmetica, it is usually seen around the mouth, chin and jaw line. There are three ways that an anti-aging product can cause teenage problems:
1. Too Rich in Oil–
It’s probably not news that heavy, oily beauty aids can block pores and provoke problems. Some oils cause more problems than others. Lanolin is at the top of the list, closely followed by cocoa butter, mineral oil, coconut oil, and jojoba oil. If you’ve had frequent breakouts, best bet would be to go oil-free.
The perfume additives that are used to scent a product have a long history of driving acne eruptions. They create inflammation and it’s this irritation which leads to a series of events in … Continue Reading… →
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 … Continue Reading… →