If you are over the age of 55, you might assume you can't get acne, but that's not true. Older people get acne just like teenagers. This is especially the case for menopausal women, who may be experiencing acne caused by hormone fluctuations, but both men and women over 55 can get acne. Treating acne as an adult varies slightly from your strategy as a teenager, so it's important to adjust your game plan.
Purchase an over-the-counter acne treatment and apply it twice a day. Cleansers, lotions and creams are available. Look for a product that contains benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid to kill acne-causing bacteria and soak up excess oil. You should see results within six to eight weeks if the product will be effective.
Apply a prescription topical retinoid cream or gel to your acne lesions. This drug helps unclog the pores when applied regularly. If your skin is sensitive, only apply this product once per day, after washing the face and before going to sleep. Topical retinoids can also be used to treat fine lines and wrinkles.
Wear cosmetics that contain salicylic acid. Look for a foundation that includes this ingredient to keep your pores unclogged throughout the day. After cleansing and moisturizing, apply the makeup with clean fingers or a makeup sponge, blending from the center of the face outward.
Wash your face before you go to bed, no matter what. Even if you're exhausted, take off your makeup and wash your skin with a cleanser that's either medicated for treating acne or just a mild formulation. Splash cold water on your face when you're done to tighten your pores.
Make an appointment to see your dermatologist if over-the-counter or at-home treatments do not work. He'll be able to prescribe a treatment that works and prevent your skin from scarring, which is much more likely when you have mature skin.