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Following a Too-Tough Acne Regimen

Yes, in a twist of cruel irony, your anti-acne regimen may be prompting your pimples, particularly if you're using the same staples from when you were a teen. "Once you're older, your skin is not supercharged with oil, so you need lower potency products," says Hooper. "OTC [over-the-counter] acne treatments can be irritating, giving you a rash on top of your acne." If you're addressing surface spots, whiteheads, and blackheads, an OTC benzoyl peroxide product can help. Skip "extra- or maximum-strength" formulations and go for 5%, she recommends. Acne peel pads with ingredients like glycolic or salicylic acid can also rid spots. However, deeper, cystic acne warrants a trip to the dermatologist.