ADULT ACNE: AIN'T NOBODY GOT TIME FOR THAT
One of the most annoying (yet common) skincare concerns for women is adult acne. At 36, I still get the occasional pesky pimple, or hormonal breakout. Of course, I’d rather not have any, but unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world. Through my tried-and-true experiments, product trial and DIY treatments, here are my top 5 “go-to” methods for fighting acne. Who knows, maybe at some point I’ll discover the secret to banishing acne for good.
I know some of you guys are like: “Well, duh!” Believe it or not, I’ve chatted with a few people who don’t remove their makeup before going to bed at night. For years, I didn’t think it was necessary to use a makeup remover before cleansing, but honey, let me tell you — IT IS very necessary! I like the Neutrogena Makeup Remover Towelettes, because they remove waterproof mascara and eyeliner. When you’re shopping for a cleanser, look for those that contain salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide or an AHA (alpha hydroxy acid), which are all excellent ingredients for fighting breakouts.
Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize: The biggest myth about adult acne is that if your skin is oily, you can skip the moisturizer. Wrong, Chile, just wrong. And, yes, while some moisturizers may cause acne, others provide just the right amount of hydration to keep your skin in check. The skin needs a balance of both oil and water to produce a healthy, glowing and smooth complexion. When the skin is dehydrated, it fights to hold on to natural oil produced by sebaceous glands, which in turn, produces blemishes. Keep your skin happy and rest easy by selecting a moisturizer that’s oil and fragrance-free. My fave? Murad’s Skin Perfecting Lotion during the day, and Kiehl’s Customized Apothecary Concentrate and Ultra Facial Deep Moisture Balm at night.