Your Ultimate Guide to Fighting Adult Acne
Find out the causes, treatments and products -- then get your prone to oily skin back on track
What to do if your routine stops workingA sad reality of acne prone skin is that it needs constant adjustment to keep it clear. King explains that skin care is like working out -- eventually you reach a plateau and you need to make adjustments to keep improving. A dermatologist or esthetician can help you adjust your skin for seasonal or hormonal changes, but you can use these tricks to help figure it out yourself:
It's easy to tell if your skin is too oily (and if it is you may want to use a clay mask once or twice a week to absorb extra oil, try Olay Daily Facials Intensives Clay Mask, $8.99), and redness and peeling can be a sign that your skin is sensitive to a product you're using (so you should stop using it or use it less often, depending on how severe your reaction is). Dehydration is trickier, and it happens often in oily skin because of all the drying products we use.
King explains one way to tell if your skin is dehydrated: look in the mirror and make a big grin, then relax your face, if the smile lines are still there then your skin is dry. To fix it, try adding a product with hyaluronic acid or a spritz on toner (try Nude Hydrating Water, $45). Also, drink more water and less caffeine, all of these things will help add moisture, but not oil, to your skin.
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