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Adult Acne is Surprisingly Common: Here’s What You Can Do About It

Will I Have Acne Forever?

Many of us remember our adolescence as a period of energetic frenzy. We remember balancing school with extracurriculars, navigating the social scene, and prepping for college interviews and exams. It required a lot of focus and confidence. But the enemy of confidence, and common adolescent problem, is acne.

Often, we assume we'll grow out of acne once our hormones settle down. But the truth is, acne commonly persists past young adulthood. In fact, adult acne is a lot more common than you'd think.

According to the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, over 50% of women in their twenties report persistent acne problems. Even over 30% of women in their thirties still struggle with blemishes.

Do you find this hard to believe? We don't. Here's why.

If you're reading this article, you're probably familiar with the causes of acne: bacteria, oils, and dead skin cells clogging your pores. Well, adult acne is caused by the same skin conditions. Hormones don't go away after high school. They stick with us for life! For women, pregnancy and menstruation often lead to increased oil production and outbreaks.

So what is one to do? The good news is, there are many products on the market designed to control acne. First, you'll want to invest in non-comedogenic makeup. This just means there's no pore-clogging gunk in there. Make sure you limit how much you touch your face and use oil-free hair products to limit oils and bacteria getting into your pores.

But what if you're still seeing acne? Now it's time for the big leagues. If you're looking for a prescription or over-the-counter, try Proactiv+™.

Why Proactiv+?

Proactiv® has been around for a long time for a simple reason. It works. Along with its other acne treatment products, Proactiv's newest 3-step treatment is called Proactiv+. It's the only acne treatment system on the market with Smart Target® technology. This technology concentrates acne-fighting benzoyl peroxide straight into the pore where the pimple starts. It sounds powerful but rest assured, it's meant to be gentle and reduce the chances of irritation.

What Else Can Proactiv+ Do?

Proactiv+ not only fights the bacteria that causes pimples and blackheads, but takes care of the aftereffects, too. It minimizes redness, shine, marks and discolorations. You won't even remember you had any acne. You can brighten your skin and even out your skin tone with a kojic acid, licorice and bearberry complex. Then, moisturize and condition the skin with the hydrator to combat dryness, redness and irritation.

The Verdict?

While adult acne can be a harsh reminder of high school, most of the time, acne will go away with age. But, it may not be until at least age 40! In the meantime, however, Proactiv+™ is a great solution to take care of your skin.

Update: TrueSelf and Proactiv+ are extending a special offer to our readers! Follow this link to get a 30-day supply of Proactiv+ for FREE with purchase of an introductory kit (less S&H)! You won't be able to find this offer on their website so check it out today!

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