What are skincare tips for people with adult acne?

This is the basic advice that I find myself repeating over and over to adults who are dealing with acne for the first time.
  • Use a headband to smooth back your hair when you’re washing your face, so that you can see and wash every inch.
  • Apply spot acne treatments to fresh clean skin, not after you put on your makeup!
  • Wait a minute or two for a pimple cream to be absorbed before putting anything else on your face. If it takes any longer, you’ve used too much.
  • Don’t mix benzoyl peroxide (BP) and moisturizer—you’ll dilute the BP to the point of uselessness.
  • Wash your makeup brushes; suds them with shampoo, rinse, and hang with the bristles pointing down to air dry.
  • If you’re using Retin-A or other retinoid treatments, don’t bother using them when you need to use benzoyl peroxide. It seems to cancel out retinoids’ benefits.

From The Mind-Beauty Connection: 9 Days to Less Stress, Gorgeous Skin, and a Whole New You by Amy Wechsler.

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