No matter how great you feel when you’re very young, there are some things that you may want not to ever have to deal with and acne is one of them. Unfortunately for all of us, breakouts do appear after you turn 30 too and even in your 40s and fighting them stays with us for a long time.

Dr. Bruce Katz (Clinical Professor of Dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center and also founder/director of Juva Skin & Laser Center in New York) gives us some tips on how to get rid of acne as you turn 30. Even if some of these steps aren’t revolutionary, including them in your daily skin care routine is going to help you have a clearer and healthier-looking and acne-free skin.

  • Moisture is fundamental

The risk for the skin of color to develop irritation from the acne products is a bit higher and this type of cosmetic products are typically drying out the skin. If you’re currently using a prescribed acne regimen, don’t forget to include an oil-free moisturizer in your skin care regimen.

  • Don’t blame it on the oil

In spite of one may think, it’s not only the oily skin that develops acne. Yes, many of the teenagers out there have an oily skin, but adults typically have dry or combination skin. watch out for the ingredients that may dry out your skin (alcohol or witch hazel are just some of them). Katz is explaining very well which kind of products work better for adults. “With adults, we have to use fewer drying products as they may not tolerate the acne meds that adolescents can”.

  • Solve it for good

Gone are the days from the young adulthood when a three-step system was the best way to get rid of acne. When it comes to adults, Katz is clear and recommends the usage of retinoid and topical antibiotics for addressing reoccurring breakouts.

  • Use the new technology

Katz tells about the secrets when treating acne in adults:  “In our practice, we use the newest cutting-edge treatment for adult acne, which is the Lightpod Neo Laser by Aerolase. It typically requires several treatments, but there is no downtime.” As for acne scarring, the best solution at the moment comes from the  Endymed Intensif which is a microneedling radio frequency device , helping the damaged skin to resurface.

  • No more stress in your life

We all know that our eating habits do change as we’re aging, but it’s not always the diet behind our skin’s health. “Stress is probably more of a factor in causing flares of acne in adults than in kids, where hormones are more of a factor “, as Katz is saying, and we couldn’t agree more.