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Skincare in Your 30s – A Complicated Process

Is this what I need to do to keep my skin clear?

My skin and I have had a pretty complicated relationship over the years.  In my early teens, I considered myself one of the lucky ones when it came to my complexion.  I had some pimples, but they were manageable with the over the counter stuff I could get at the drugstore.  I hit full blown acne a couple years later and my mother finally felt compelled to take me to the dermatologist.  I was placed on a heavy load of tetracycline and some topical creams to attempt to clear my skin.  It wasn’t ideal because I was hypersensitive to sunlight and was a competitive swimmer.  My skin eventually cleared up and I naively believed that the battles with my skin were over.

At age 35, I had a rude awakening.  My face began to break out again.  I tried to hide most of it with makeup, but I guess I was fooling nobody.  When one of my staff members asked me what was going on with my face, I embarrassingly decided to do something more aggressive.  I headed to Target to check out the latest in affordable acne care.  I found a kit with a face wash, acne lotion and oil free lotion.  I decided to go for it.  The instructions stated that the acne cream needed to be applied twice a day.  The oil free lotion was to go over the acne cream to avoid over drying of the skin.  I was hyper vigilant about applying the creams.  My skin was calming down, but it wasn’t great.  I woke up one morning and my skin felt really tight.  I looked in the mirror and my face was completely dehydrated!  All my fine lines were deep and I looked about 60 years old.  Ugh – I can’t win!

Getting in to the dermatologist takes a few months these days, so I developed a new routine.  I placed the acne cream on my problem areas and anti-wrinkle, moisturizing cream over all my fine lines.  I never imagined that I would be trying to manage acne and wrinkles at the same time.  At a recent visit to the makeup counter, the sales guy asked me what kind of skin I have.  Frustrating.  Confusing.  Stubborn.  The answers were endless.   I unloaded my entire history on him and I think he felt bad for me because he gave me a bag filled with samples for me to try (I think he was only supposed to give me one).  I’m currently trying some super expensive ointment from some exotic plant that is supposed to solve all my problems.  If it does, I’ll let you know!  Too bad I didn’t become a dermatologist.  I could make a fortune making combination anti-wrinkle, anti-acne cream.  Who knew there was a market?

3 Responses to “Skincare in Your 30s – A Complicated Process”

  1. Renee says:

    Courtney, try using tea tree oil directly on your spots. Alba makes a good natural acne skin care line. I’ve also heard Queen Helene mint julip masque is great. I have friends who have had a lot of success with proactive. You may also want to try some supplements that balance hormones (which is usually behind breakouts in women in our age group). Maca is for fantastic for that. Fish oil and flaxseed oil are also both known to improve skin. Hope that helps!

  2. Courtney says:

    I’ll try those out. Thanks!

  3. If your skin is easily irritated, do not take it for granted that a skincare product that claims to be “for all skin types,” actually is. Instead, read the list of ingredients and avoid buying and using products that contain common irritating ingredients like camphor, menthol, witch hazel or citrus oils.

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