Acne skin on women face
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When pimples and blackheads made high school miserable, how many times did you hear:

  • Stop worrying … you’ll grow out of it”
  • Stop worrying … only teenagers get pimples and blackheads”
  • Stop worrying … wait a few years and your skin will be beautiful again. You’ll see.”

So here you are, a few years (or more) later and you’re still worrying about acne!

Weren’t your pimples  supposed stay behind in high school to torment the next generation of teenagers?

Unfortunately, the short answer is ‘no’. Adult acne — especially in women — is far more common than most of us think. In fact…

Studies show most adult women struggle with acne!

One study in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology concluded that over one half of women in their twenties report persistent acne problems. Even 1 in 3 women in their thirties are still bothered by acne.

Shocked? We weren’t.

After all, adult acne results from the same skin conditions that cause teen acne: p. acnes bacteria, clogged pores, excess oil, dead skin cells … you know the story.

On top of that, hormonal changes, including those brought on by pregnancy and menstruation, can increase oil production and trigger outbreaks. If there’s one thing we don’t leave behind in high school, it’s hormones!

To reduce the odds of breakouts, always use non-comedogenic makeup that doesn’t clog pores. Also, when it comes to your face, develop a hands-off policy. Touching your face can increase oiliness, irritate skin and encourage bacterial growth. For the same reasons, always keep oily hair away from your face  and look for oil-free hair products.

If acne persists after these steps,  you’ll probably need a prescription or over-the-counter acne-fighting treatment. If you do, the one to try is ProactivMD.

Proactiv MD has unique advantages for women over 20.

Women sometimes overlook the Proactiv® brand when considering treatments for clearing skin of pimples and blemishes. While Proactiv products have been around a long time, we’re often  attracted to products that are brand new and touted as the next big thing. But these products mostly end up as trends, and disappear shortly after their burst onto the scene.

There’s a good reason Proactiv products have been around for a long time — they work!

The most recent Proactiv acne treatment system, called ProactivMD, is the only over the counter acne treatment system that uses a “magic molecule” called adapalene. Adapalene is a powerful vitamin A derivative used in most perscription acne treatments that has recently been approved for over-the-counter use.

This advanced retinoid works at a cellular level and directly targets the pore to kill acne-causing bacteria. It unblocks and shrinks clogged pores to reduce redness and inflammation.  Here are the advantages:

  • First, thanks to adapalene, this over-the-counter product has the strength of a prescription. The all-in-one, fully-balanced system includes cleansing, toning, hydration, and sun protection for beautiful, healthy skin that looks radiant.
  • Second, it works. Clinical studies showed that those who used adapalene had clearer skin in as little as one week.

The skinny on the ProactivMD skincare benefits.

Science lesson over.

Now let’s learn about the other big advantage for women — luxurious skincare.

Anyone with pimples and blackheads knows that blemishes leave behind redness, shine, post-acne marks, discolorations and uneven tone and texture. These can be as frustrating as the pimples and blackheads!

ProactivMD is designed to not only take care of acne, but take care of acne’s after-effects. It drenches skin with essential skincare ingredients. Its skin-brightening complex formulated with kojic acid, licorice extract, bearberry and sophora root is designed to help fade the appearance of post-acne marks and even out the look of skin tone. Plus, the moisturizing complex and skin-conditioning complex address dryness, redness and irritation. They soothe the skin and make it look softer and smoother.  It’s a healthy, complete regimen for your skin that can’t be beat.

Am I stuck treating acne forever?

Hopefully not. The good news is that acne often goes away with age. The bad news is that the age may be somewhere between 40 and menopause.

Fortunately, until then, there are many effective treatments for adult acne. ProactivMD is one that has proven itself over a wide range of women and skin types and that’s why we recommend it .

Update: The awesome team at Proactiv is extending a special offer to our readers! Follow this link to sign up for ProactivMD for as low as $19.95 AND get your choice of a free gift – Proactiv+ Green Tea Moisturizer or the Skin Purifying Mask!

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  • Reply Alice June 23, 2017 at 8:02 am

    This looks like an ad for proactive. Havent heard the best reviews, myself..

    I recieved some info from a very highly recommended natural health specialist in Southern California.
    A common problem in many women: sometimes the ovaries arent properly absorbing the sugars they need. This can effect mood swings, period pattern, can even cause cysts.. And acne.
    He told me that acne that comes from hormones is all along the jawline, under cheekbones and around the chin (so i could identify whats from what).
    I’d say try Sensitol. Its an herbal supplement made for this area of a woman’s health. Should help clear up that acne if it is actually from hormones. Hope this helps someone out there.

    • Reply Amy July 5, 2017 at 1:15 am

      Thank you! That’s the type of acne I have. I will try it!

    • Reply Crys Marie July 7, 2017 at 6:21 pm

      hank You so much, Alice. That was great info!!!

    • Reply Q July 30, 2017 at 4:04 am

      Thank you! I get very deep ones in my jaw line and I’m convinced my acne has always been hormonal these last few years.

  • Reply crystal July 2, 2017 at 2:30 am

    Thank You! I have never ever had acne now I am 32 and weening a child. I have has acne for 6 months out of no where in the areas you mentioned. Ugh Hormones!

  • Reply Lola July 15, 2017 at 5:26 am

    Thank you for the info Alice. My 13 yr old gets terrible acne around face and back and I think its her hormones.

  • Reply Deb e July 19, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    I agree that i seems like an ad for proactive but those are usually more glaringly obvious once you open the link; so, i dont know. I can see an unbiased third party recommendimg it bc it os a works good (at least it did for me years ago) but just for washing skin with makeup already removed with a different cleanser. And i found thus worked good in my 20’s. It does dry you out a bit so i cant see using it now that im in my 30’s. But fortunately, i dont need to. My skin is great now; so ill share how i got it that way. I stopped wearing foundation. Just stopped wearing it. NOT THAT I DIDNT FEEL I NEEDED IT. I just stopped anyway, because i wanted not to need it. Now I dont need it. Its very freeing and hinestly makes me flat kut happy. I still put a lil concealer under my eyes most of the time but thats it! If im going somewhere and want to use eyeliner, mascara, whatever, I do so STILL without using foundation. Also, I use salt to exfoliate once or twice a week. I do bot you moisturizers with parabens or crap like that. I dont care how good the marketing is or how expensive it is. That doesnt mean its healthy. Everything from neutrogena to estee lauder, aveno, almost all of them are full of carcinogens. I use alba. I hear the honest company is good. Lastly, i dont overdo the sun exposure. Thats bad for the skin. Anything that damages or dries the skin makes it harder for the skin to fight the bacteria that clog pores. Also dont eat too much sugar. And obviously dont smoke; thats a sure fire way to look like shit, inside and out.

  • Reply Beth July 25, 2017 at 7:24 am

    Only otc with adapalene? You can buy Differin (adapalene) for eleven dollars at Walmart or the pharmacy

  • Reply heather July 29, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    where do you get sensitol

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