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Adult Acne Advice

5 Tips For Minimizing Adult Acne

Dr. Amy Wechsler is not only a dermatologist, she's a psychiatrist as well. What a combo! In fact, some even call her a "beauty shrink," and the Manhattan-based skincare expert and author of The Mind-Beauty Connection: 9 Days to Reverse Stress Aging and Reveal More Youthful, Beautiful Skin ($20), has a few things to share with us regarding adult acne. As we all know, breakouts that occur post-high-school can be rough on the psyche, and that's why I asked Dr. Wechsler her tips on helping us prevent and deal with pimples in our 20s, 30s, and beyond. To check out her advice, keep reading.

Why can acne be worse in adulthood than the teenage years?
It’s really random, though sometimes it's more hormonal. The reason it seems worse is that the majority of adults are not expecting it the way they were at 13.

Do at-home remedies or over-the-counter treatments really work?
Some that work well are topical salicylic acid as a spot treatment and benzoyl peroxide as a wash.


I have heard before that acne on the chin is hormonal. Is this true? If so, what does acne on this and other areas of the face — like the cheeks, forehead, and mouth area — indicate?
Acne on the chin and jawline is hormonal, but there is no other area with that type of correlation.

How can we reduce the appearance of acne scars and red marks left behind by acne?
Stop picking at the acne and that will reduce the chances of scarring. Make sure you also use daily sunscreen —  or if it’s enough of an issue for you to seek professional assistance, your doctor can use lasers to diminish their appearance.

What's the best way to safely get rid of blackheads and whiteheads?
Biore strips work well. You can also warm the skin and then gently exfoliate.

lexichloe lexichloe 7 years
Um, pretty crappy and generic advice. I clicked on this link looking for resolutions.
cmaxsbutterfly cmaxsbutterfly 7 years
I have been blissfully free of acne my whole life....until a few months ago. After I finally moved away from home, my adult acne kicked in. It was mild at first, appearing only under my new bangs, but now it has progressed to my chin and along my lower jaw and on my neck, even though my forehead is horrible! Ive tried spot treatments and cleansers, and nothing even diminishes it the least bit!!!! Im so frustrated. Whats worse is that my skin is changing as well and now none of my makeup works (it all looks cakey or over done - even though ive tried different kinds). Ive taken to ignoring it the best I can, and hoping that one day ill wake up and it will be gone :(
brandysbug brandysbug 7 years
unfortunately, I follow all of these "tips," and I'm still experiencing (and HATING!) adult acne! boo! I miss my early 20's - I was clear as could be! :(
biarose biarose 7 years
breakouts that occur in high school can be rough on the psyche.
Kaori Kaori 7 years
I love your avatar, herp_mommy ;)
tglynn tglynn 7 years
best thing you can do is change your pillow case nightly, or at least every few days. My face gets so oily when I sleep and that just adheres to my pillow
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