The ideal skin care plan after 40 years with acne

If you feel like your skin is sagging once a month, it’s probably hormonal. According to statistics, up to 25 percent of women over the age of 40 suffer from acne. This is 1 in 4 women and is often caused by a drop in estrogen during perimenopause. These pimples tend to pop up along the lower face and jawline during hormonal fluctuations. Genetics, stress, and sleep irregularities can all contribute to the fun, but simple changes to your skin care routine can help treat existing breakouts and prevent future breakouts.

MORNING: Cleaners

Austin, TX dermatologist Ted Lain, MD says to start with a mildly exfoliating alpha-hydroxy acid cleanser. “Alpha hydroxy acid is one of the ingredients that is good to use because it doesn’t cause as much irritation,” she says. “I like SkinCeuticals LHA Cleansing Gel ($42). I recommend using it twice a day.”

Dermatologist Kenneth Beer, MD of West Palm Beach, FL recommends using a gentle foaming cleanser for sensitive skin, such as EltaMD Foaming Facial Cleanser ($30), Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser ($7), and ScientificRx Rosehip Refresh Cleanser ($46 ).

MORNING: Humidifiers

Unlike teenage skin, which can be more oily, Dr. Beer says mature skin can be drier and need more hydration. “As testosterone increases and estrogen decreases, your skin may tend to crack more and become drier.” Look for products that have moisturizers or barrier creams so you don’t strip away all the oil,” she says.

“Neutrogena has come out with a line of acne-resistant ones and has Stubborn Blackheads Daily Facial Serum ($19) that contains AHAs and is nice to use in the morning with a hydrating sunscreen like SkinCeuticals Daily Brightening UV Defense ($40) or Elta MD Clear SPF 46 ($39).

AFTERNOON: Night plan

For peeling, Dr. Beer use something with mild salicylic acid. “ScientificRx Clarifying Peel Pads ($29) are great in the evening to remove impurities from the skin,” she says.

Dr. Lain recommends using Differin Gel ($18), retinol or SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Gel ($105) at night. “This is when the skin is working overtime and this will help increase skin cell turnover.” He also recommends using blue light at home for a few minutes a day. “I think it really helps. What we have in the office will be stronger, but the blue light works.”