When you're in your
20s: Excess oil production creates a breeding ground for P-acnes bacteria that causes acne & clogged pores. You can fend off the breakouts by using a cleanser with glycolic or salicylic acid to control the oil and exfoliate the skin to keep it from getting so clogged. (MD Formulations Basic Glycolic Cleanser, $32 is available at Bellezza)
30s: When your in your 30s, your skin cell turnover rate has begun to slow down and as a result, dull flaky skin can get trapped deep inside of your pores. Exfoliating can help keep skin smooth. Cleansing your skin with the Clarisonic ($195), daily will help to keep your skin clean and blemish free!
40s: If you thought you were out of the woods for any blemishes, you'd be wrong! Your estrogen levels have decreased and testosterone is starting to increase, which can trigger major acne flare ups. Collagen production is also low, making the skin become thinner looking. You can spot treat your acne with a benzoyl peroxide acne treatment (MD Formulations Benzoyl Peroxide Treatment 10%) and to up the collagen in your skin, try a Microdermabrasion treatment with light therapy, ($100).
50s: Lessening collagen in the skin causes it to be red and inflamed. Regular microdermabrasion treatments will jump start your cell-turnover rate to a faster rate, and the light therapy helps to rebuild your collagen production.