Your zits and blemishes aren't keeping track of your birthday. But you may find yourself celebrating the turn of a new year with both pimples and wrinkles. So how do you treat your breakouts without exacerbating your aging skin’s concerns: fine lines, dryness, and age spots. Here are five ways to address your skin’s growing to-do list.
Irritated as you and your skin may be, take a deep breath before you cleanse, lather lightly, and follow with a gentle cleanse. Mature skin is thinner and more sensitive, and therefore doesn’t agree well with aggressive rubbing, abrasive exfoliators, and harsh formulas.
Go all the way--forehead to chin. When you spot treat, you’re not addressing the pores next-door to the visible inflammation. Aging skin responds well to long-term, consistent treatment. Be wise and treat your complexion to preventative care.
Moisture combats the visible signs of aging, but the challenge is finding a hydrator that doesn’t suffocate those pores—thicky, greasy creams can increase breakouts. Search for lightweight lotions loaded with antioxidants and other age-beneficial ingredients like antioxidants.
"A lot of wrinkle creams are formulated for older women with dry skin. They're adding oil, not controlling it," explains New York City dermatologist Lisa Airan, M.D. Go for light formulas, just like your moisturizer, and remember—more is not always better.
If the sun had its way, you’d be a pretty little prune. No skincare routine is complete without daily sun protection—not only does it guard you from aging rays, but sun protection helps fight breakouts by preventing inflammation. Double duty!
Your mature skin requires your patience. "Sometimes a one-pronged approach--just a new cleanser--can be enough to clear skin," says Dr. Airan. "Try that for two or three weeks to see how your skin reacts before adding other treatments. You want your skin to look normal. If it's red and peeling, then tweak your approach and cut back to fewer acne remedies, or use the one product less often."