4 Ages When Your Skin Changes—and What to Do About It
What to do about it: Topical exfoliators, such as retinoids, can help, but sometimes oral antibiotics may be necessary to really get these breakouts under control, says Anne Chapas, MD, a clinical instructor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center and the founder of Union Square Laser Dermatology in New York. Talk to your dermatologist about what she'd recommend for you.
Change #2: The wrinkles you get when you smile or frown seem to be more visible, even when you're resting your face. It used to be that those lines would vanish whenever you weren't being expressive, but Ploch says this is the time when patients start to notice that they're becoming a little more permanent.
What to do about it: If you really want to put the kibosh on wrinkles for the long term and you're willing to commit to ongoing maintenance, you may want to consider Botox, says Ploch. But if you're looking for a less invasive option (because we get it, even though many women choose to do it, you may not be ready for the cost or commitment involved with starting Botox in your 20s), topical wrinkle-smoothers, such as retinoids, can help. (Some people find retinoids to be irritating, so start with gentler over-the-counter options, see how your skin responds and then ask your dermatologist if she'd recommend moving up to a prescription-strength version.)