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I am 38 years old and still suffer from acne breakouts. What is going on? I wash my face regularly. Why am I still getting breakouts?
Excessive oil, dead skin, and bacteria that accumulate and clog the pores cause acne. There are many reasons why adult acne may be appearing including stress, medication side effect, medical condition, menstrual hormone fluctuations, harsh skin care products, and even genetics.
Reduce your chance of developing adult acne and help treat breakouts by first seeing your physician. Let your facial plastic surgeon evaluate your skin and offer treatment options that meet your unique needs. This is a good opportunity to review any medications you are taking and how they may be affecting your skin. Make sure you choose your skin care products carefully with no perfumes or unnecessary additives. Try to control your stress level and continue to practice proper skin care by washing your face twice a day with a mild cleanser..
Illnesses spread from person to person via respiratory droplets. Typically, an infected person coughs or sneezes and these droplets move through the air and land on the mouth or nose of people nearby. Germs can also be spread when a person touches respiratory droplets from another person on a surface like a desk and then touches his or her own eyes, mouth, or nose. Some viruses and bacteria can live from 20 minutes up to two hours or more on surfaces like tables, doorknobs, and desks.
What can you do to stop the spread of germs? Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and then throw it away. If you do not have a tissue, use your elbow or hands—but then immediately wash your hands. When you wash your hands, use soap and warm water and rub your hands vigorously together for 15 to 20 seconds. You can also use an alcohol-based hand wipe or gel sanitizer if you do not have soap and water. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. If you do get sick, stay home, get plenty of rest, and check with your physician as needed.
In July 2009, the Food and Drug Administration approved Sculptra Aesthetic—a long-lasting injectable filler—to correct shallow to deep smile lines, contour deficiencies, and other facial wrinkles. The filler is made of poly-L-lactic acid microparticles. As these microparticles break down, the body produces collagen. It may require more than one treatment. In a clinical study, patients were injected in a single regimen of up to four sessions (at three-week intervals) over a nine-week period. The smoothing effect lasted for up to 25 months in some patients, depending upon the initial severity of the facial wrinkle and fold contour deficiency.
Low-tech, quick treatments
If you are lacking sleep and retaining water around the eyes—besides the obvious remedy of getting more rest—lay down with a moist, cold washcloth over your eyes for 15 minutes to reduce the swelling. Another option is to moisten two tea bags with cold water and place them on your eyes.
The tannin in the tea may help tighten the skin and reduce puffiness. There are also topical creams you can try; products that contain antioxidants will tighten and brighten stressed-out skin. Moisturizers with anti-aging ingredients like vitamins C or B5 can improve the eye area slightly with continued use over time.
If you want to revamp the windows of your soul, make an appointment with your facial plastic surgeon to discuss your options. There are a variety of treatments to improve puffiness, sagging, fine lines, and droopiness. Take action so that you will look as young as you feel!