Prevent AcneUgh. You're a grown woman—maybe even battling fine lines—and now...a pimple? Adult acne is increasingly common, but some easy steps can be taken to nip these spots in the bud before they show up on your face (and, let's be honest, ruin your mood).
1.Eat The Right Food
Greasy food doesn't cause a greasy face, but some foods may exacerbate an already-brewing condition.Simple carbs and sugar spike in your blood sugar and can trigger skin's inflammatory response and provoke a breakout, according to Linda K. Franks, MD, a dermatologist in New York City. Similarly, several studies have shown a link between dairy products and pimples, perhaps because of the hormones that are present in these foods. Buying organic can help: Traditional dairy products can come from hormone-fed animals, so they often have more hormones than their organic counterparts. And the bad news? small study presented at the February 2011 meeting of the Academy of Dermatology found a correlation between the amount of chocolate that participants consumed (only men were studied, so as to minimize the role of hormonal influence) and the number of acne lesions they developed.”
Stress increases the inflammation that leads to adult acne breakouts, says Gil Yosipovitch, MD, a clinical professor of dermatology at Wake Forest University. If you do have a stress-related breakout, smooth your skin with a lotion containing skin sloughing salicylic acid or bacteria-busting benzoyl peroxide, plus a noncomedogenic moisturizer so skin won't get too dry.
To nix slick spots, try an oil-free long-lasting liquid (it stays matte longer) or a cream-to-powder formula; both contain silica, a powderlike ingredient that sops up shine. If you're pimple prone, use a base with acne-fighting salicylic acid. Since oil and acne form mostly in your T-zone, use a foundation brush to apply; its tapered tip helps target hard-to-reach nooks.
4.Don’t sleep with makeup on
Please tell us you're not doing this! Be sure to wash your face at night with warm water or a gentle cleanser. "It gets into the pores and dislodges debris," says Diane Berson, MD, an assistant professor of dermatology at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University and board member of the American Acne and Rosacea Society.
5.Use a facial wash with salicylic acid
"It gets into the pores and dislodges debris," says Berson. Avoid gel cleansers (they can contain alcohol) and granulated scrubs, which strip the skin of oil, making it overcompensate and produce more.
6.Use the power duo
If salicylic acid doesn’t work, try something that combines retinoid with benzoyl peroxide. When researchers combined adapalene, a retinoid that reduces inflammation, with benzoyl peroxide, which kills the bacteria that cause acne, study participants' acne improved on average by more than 50% in 12 weeks--about 15% better than with either ingredient alone. "This new combination therapy targets three out of four causes of acne," says Diane Thiboutot, MD, professor of dermatology at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, PA.
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