What To Know About Caring For Your Skin In Your 20s

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Ah, the 20s — they may be some of the best years of your life. This period is often filled with fun adventures and embracing your independence, and it's also a great time to start eating right and taking care of yourself — from the inside out. Fortunately, it’s easy to keep skin looking healthy and glowing just by practicing a few good habits regularly. And, if you start now, taking care of your skin as you get older and your skin changes will be a simple extension of the regimen you've already started. This week, I'm offering skin-care tips for women in their 20s, and in the next two weeks, I'll be following up with skin-care advice for women in their 30s and 40s.
At approximately ages 22-25, hormones from the teenage years start to level out, often decreasing breakouts. However, keep in mind that hormonal fluctuations before and during your period can stimulate sebaceous glands that produce excess oil, which may result in monthly breakouts. If you’re taking birth control pills, you may be impacted by breakouts (positively or negatively) since they can affect your natural hormonal balance.
Although in my experience working with clients, the above has more or less been true, I have also had clients who had little to no breakouts during their teenage years but then developed adult acne in their 20s. The way hormonal activity affects us varies because each person’s skin and body chemistry is so different.
Regardless of what type of skin you have, I've got recommendations for keeping skin looking great in your 20s and beyond.

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