Up to 50% of women over age 25 have adult acne. Hormones are the problem. When levels of androgens,
the testosterone-like chemicals responsible for acne, rise - just before your period, for instance,
or whenever you are particularly stressed your oil glands go into overdrive, causing clogged pores
and sometimes leading to acne flare-ups.
If you have always been pimple-prone, you may find that the pattern of your breakouts is changing
as you age (adult acne tends to appear on the lower part of the face).
You may notice that the treatments you used when you were younger don't work as well.
To target breakouts without overdrying your skin, wash your face twice daily with a gentle nonsoap lotion
and avoid harsh toners that contain alcohol. Use a noncomedogenic (non-pore-clogging) moisturizer
with moisture-attracting humectants like glycerin and hyaluronic acid, but stay away from pore blockers
such as mineral oil and lanolin.
Prescription retinoid creams, such as Retino A, clear pores and fight wrinkles at the same time.
If your skin doesn't respond to these chemicals, the dermatologist may decide to prescribe stronger remedy.
Oral antibiotics can kill acne-causing bacteria, while birth control pills can control breakouts
by decreasing oil production.