How Can I Prevent Acne Breakouts in my 30s?

Still getting periodic acne breakouts in my 30s. What do I have to do to stop getting acne.  Change my diet?  Clean my face with special soaps?  Any help is super appreciated.

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5 Tips for acne prevention

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There are a few other things you can do to help with acne. These include:

1. Dietary changes that may help include avoiding excessive dairy consumption, due to the presence of hormones in certain dairy products and decreasing your intake of fast-food, particularly fried, greasy foods and increasing your intake of antioxidants including berries (blueberries, pomegranate juice, citrus fruits).

2. Stress can be a significant factor in the development of acne so anything you can do to decrease stress in your life can help. Regular cardiovascular exercise is one way of reducing stress.

3. Any products placed on the face should be oil-free, water-based, non-comedogenic (meaning non pore-clogging). Gentle cleansers rather than soaps should be used to cleanse the face.

4. If you notice your makeup is clogging your pores and causing whiteheads and blackheads, switch brands, preferably to a mineral makeup. I agree that no makeup should be left on the face overnight.

5. Hormonal changes particularly in women of child-bearing age can cause regular acne break-outs. Consider speaking to your dermatologist about available preventative hormonal therapies if this is the case. Good luck.


San Diego Dermatologist
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Adult acne in the 30's

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Acne is adults is extremely common. Like teenage acne, it's likely caused by the interaction of hormones and your skin. The treatments are similar to teenage acne, including topical creams, pills, laser, blue light therapy, and birth control pills for women. Only your dermatologist can determine the right treatment for you. Diet, keeping clean, etc, appear to have little to do with adult acne.
 

Gary Goldenberg, MD
New York Dermatologist

Adult acne

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Acne in adults may have a hormonal component and may respond to hormonal therapy such as birth control pills or other medications that regulate hormones.  You would need to see a dermatologist for evaluation.  Diet has not been proven to cause acne, although for some people, certain foods may appear to worsen acne.  Cleaning the face with special soaps may help, but may not be enough if the acne is hormonal.  (This answer is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for medical advice. The information presented in this posting is for patients’ general education only.  Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider for further evaluation of your individual case.)

Mireille Chae, MD
Seattle Dermatologist
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Treatment of Adult Acne

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Adult acne is frustrating, and unfortunately very common.  Recent research has suggested that foods with a high glycemic index may be related to the development of acne, so you may consider examining your diet.  However, my best advice is to meet with a dermatologist to evaluate your skin closely.  Adult acne is often hormonal, and different patterns of acne will indicate to your dermatologist that this is the case.  They can then recommend the appropriate treatment.  Our patients with adult acne often see tremendous improvement after undergoing a short series of Isolaz acne treatment and Photodynamic Therapy in the office.  These treatments can provide dramatic improvement, especially for people who have not seen improvement with prescription medications or dietary changes.

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Treatment for Breakouts

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How to prevent adult acne

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Adults, and particularly women, tend to flare occasionally with adult acne. In women, fluctuation of hormones during the menstrual cycle play a significant role. Aside from this a few simple measures of prevention of acne include:

1. Cleansing your face twice daily! with a mild cleanser (Purpose by J&J over the counter). This will remove excess sweat and fatty residue that traps the pores and feeds bacteria the excess oils. By the way, never sleep with your makeup for the same reason.

2. While working out at the gym never put your face on the vinyl on a workout bench and do not touch your face while working out wash or shower right after this. Remember you could also get acne on your back.

3.Fatty meals, nuts and chocolate have again been linked to an exacerbation of acne. Eat them with measure.

4. Take plenty of antioxidants. Fruits are preferred like described below. Otherwise, vitamin C 1 gram twice daily ( you'll stay looking younger too!)

5. Continuous use of a thin layer of a retinoid cream on your face at bedtime will not only keep your skin smooth and looking healthy, but will also prevent acne flares.

6. Stress will trigger acne. There is even the 'vacation pimple' because of all the stress of traveling and packing, plus the change in food and sleeping habits that can happen on a vacation.

7. Avoid heavy makeup ( mousse and mineral makeups are preferred for acne prone skin). Avoid heavy oily sunnlocks. Micronized preparations of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide sunblocks offer superior coverage and do not flare acnestHete this information is helpful. Best of luck! Dr. Leyda Bowes

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There are several simple steps that anyone can follow to...

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There are several simple steps that anyone can follow to keep skin clear and evenly toned.

  1. First, use moisturizers and sunscreens. Moisturize frequently and use sunscreen whenever outside. Sunscreens must have both UVA and UVB protection incorporated in the products. Make it even easier by using a moisturizer with SPF included.
  2. Second, be sure to get enough sleep, eat a healthy diet, and exercise regularly.

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Adult acne is very common and there are many ways to treat it

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Adult acne in women is very common.  Often it flares with the hormone cycle and gets worse with stressDietary factors usually are not responsible, except one recent study showed chocolate may be a culprit. It is important to find out what is causing your particular acne and then treat it from there.

Using non-comedogenic products and washing the face twice a day should be standard for you but won't necessarily clear acne. Usually topical products are necessary to unclog the pores (like retinoic acid or retinol)  as well as products to kill bacteria (something with benzoyl peroxide ) as first line therapy. 

If over the counter products aren't helping, you really should see a dermatologist who may prescribe oral agents or perform peels or laser treatments to get the acne under control. 

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Acne in you 30s-- you are not alone

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Approximately 12% of adult women continue to get acne into their 20s, 30s and even their 40s. Acne is a medical condition that has a strong genetic predisposition and that is affected by stress, hormones and perhaps some dietary factors. It sounds like you need to get under the care of a board-ceritified dermatologist who can get you on a treatment plan that may include medication, procedures, and lifestyle changes.

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The best way to get rid of acne is to prevent it from...

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The best way to get rid of acne is to prevent it from coming. That is why if you have a problem with recurrent adult-onset acne, you need to see a board-certified dermatologist and get on a regular acne treatment program.

It is much better to prevent a breakout than to panic and try to treat breakouts that tend to occur at the most unwanted times.

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