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acne: how-to get rid of it at every age

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    It seems that anything and everything can trigger a breakout. The jury is still out on exactly how acne is related to stress, what we order for lunch or simply our genes, but we do know that acne is individual and there is no one-size-fits-all cure. Whether you're in your 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s, here's what you need to know about acne at every age.

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    40s & 50s

    “There's a hormonal shift that happens around 40,” says Dr. Jeanette Graf, a dermatologist in Great Neck, N.Y. and an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Centre in New York. “There could be a year when you suddenly start breaking out like ever before.”

    The RX
    In addition to using an anti-aging moisturizer that strengthens the skin's barrier, treating with retinoid and exfoliating with an alpha-hydroxy acid solution, kick you acne regimen into high gear with a cleansing system such as Clarisonic. “It kind of shakes the pores, removing what's inside them,” says Graf.

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    40s & 50s

    1. Clarisonic Plus Face & Body Sonic Cleansing System, $259
    2. Clarins Pore Minimizing Serum, $46
    3. Neutrogena Rapid Clear All-in-1 Facial Lotion, $16
    4. Skin Authority VitaD Fortified Topical Elixir, $79 for 30 ml

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    “I tend to see more cystic acne in the 30s,” says Graf. “It's hormonal, and whether you're pregnant or not, there are peaks and troughs.”

    The RX
    If you're been looking for a reason to finally jump on the retinoid bandwagon, acne is it. “It helps prevent the initial clogging of pore,” says Graf. Since vitamin A derivatives can be irritating, those with dry or sensitive skin should start with an over-the-counter version, like retinol, which tends to be gentler than some vitamin A varieties.

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    1. Erno Laszlo Anti Blemish Beta Purifying Mask, $60
    2. Avène High Protection Mineral Cream SPF 50, $26
    3. NeoStrata Skin Renewal Peel Solution, $74 for 50 ml
    4. Aveeno Clear Complexion Foaming Cleanser, $14

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    If you've ever wondered why the pimples from your teens didn't go the way of your prom date, you're not alone. Changes are, if you had an oily T-zone and zits in high school, you're still dealing with bothersome bumps in your 20s.

    The RX
    If you haven't done so already, now is the time to commit to a basic skincare regiment (for instances, no more sleeping with your makeup on). Clean skin begets clear skin. If you're active, stash facial cleansing wipes in your bag.

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    1. Spectro Blemish-Prone Skin Cleanser, $9
    2. Clean & Clear Makeup Dissolving Facial Cleansing Wipes, $9
    3. B.Kamins Blemish Gel 5%, $29
    4. Cetaphil Dermacontrol Oil Control Moisturizer SPF 30, $23 for 120 ml

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