Like leg warmers, bouffants and stirrup pants, acne is supposed to be a thing of the past -- like a distant memory you encounter after cracking open your old high school yearbook. Or so you thought. The truth is pimples don't magically disappear on your eighteenth birthday. In fact, a study from the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology estimates that over half of adult women suffer from acne, with menstruation, pregnancy, menopause and oral contraceptives being the main culprits. "Hormonal imbalances stimulate the production of sebum," explains New York City-based dermatologist Francesca Fusco, M.D. "Sebum is a natural oil on your skin that's meant to moisturize, but it can also block pores."
As if a spotted complexion wasn't bad enough, your thirties and forties are also the time when you begin to notice the first signs of aging. Jeanine Downie, M.D., a dermatologist in Montclair, New Jersey, estimates that nearly 80 percent of her patients suffer from both acne and the signs of aging. Is there no justice?
The good news: There's plenty you can do to abolish this pesky pile-up. Here are four best practices to keep in mind when trying to rid your complexion of both pimples and wrinkles.
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