Sadly, acne isn’t just a side effect of being a teenager. Many women in their 20s find themselves breaking out like it’s sophomore year of high school, and there are many factors that can cause your skin to rage: hormones, dietary changes (both good and bad), doing too much skincare, doing too little…the potential reasons are seemingly endless. But there is good news: An effective routine can nip it in the bud, or at the very least, temper angry skin. And if you’re a 20-something looking for effective treatments, there are a few things in particular that’ll make all the difference during this decade.
1. Find a gentle cleanser that doesn’t strip your skin of its natural oils. Your oil glands begin to shrink around this time, so harsh and drying astringents become irritating and can cause redness and flaking, worsening existing acne. We know what you’re thinking, and yes, in this case, oils are good. The natural ones your skin produces keep it hydrated and healthy, so you’re going to want them to stick around.
Shop gentle cleaners: Derma E Very Clear Facial Cleaner ($10); Peet Rivko Gentle Cleanser ($28); Pai Light Work Rosehip Cleansing Oil ($56)