Thanks to genetics and a penchant for hoarding products, my skin never went through an awkward teenage phase filled with breakouts or dehabiliating acne. However, that all changed after my 27th birthday.
Suddenly, parts of my face were lighter than the other and pimples were popping up in the worst places...like the tip of my nose (awkward!). No matter the circumstances, it's almost guaranteed that all of us will start to experience adult acne in our late 20s.
So, I've consulted with celebrity beauty and skin expert Carrie LaMarca to help us make sense of it all. Her passion for clean beauty and products that use the best of nature's ingredients have made her the go-to guru after working with celebs like Chrissy Teigen, so take notes!
Sad, but true news: everything slows down as you get older. Hangovers linger, post-workout soreness lasts for days and yes, your skin doesn't recover like it used to. Hello, fine lines!
"Your skin is still at its peak in your mid-twenties, but one main difference is that the rejuvenation process is slower when you turn 25," says LaMarca. "Essentially, this means that dead skin cells build up, which cause your skin to lose some of its elasticity and glow. Your oil glands are still in check, but combined with hormonal changes and the occasional late night (i.e. too many cocktails), you may also be dealing with some acne that you thought you left behind in your teens."
It's Never Too Early
Adult acne is certain for most, but that doesn't mean you should take it lying down. Start practicing some sort of anti-aging routine before fine lines and wrinkles start settling in. That's the point of it all!
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"Because you don’t have much repair and damage control to take on in your twenties, this is the time to become aware of your skin’s type and needs, build skincare habits and lasting routines," adds LaMarca. "How well you take care of your skin in your 20’s directly impacts the aging process in your 30’s.
Three Steps To Great Skin
Before educating yourself on eye creams, retinols and other concentrated formulas, get comfortable with a simple three step routine that will set you on the path to skin greatness: cleanse, exfoliate and protect.
See LaMarca's product recommendation for each step below: