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Adult Acne: Prevention and Treatment

Acne can rear its ugly head long after the teen years. Learn why you're dealing with zits and pimples now, and what products you can use to get clear skin.

By Ilana Blitzer

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Relax
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Rx: Relax

One remedy experts recommend is chemical-free and doesn't cost a cent. The Rx: R-E-L-A-X. Stress is a major cause of zits. When you're in freak-out mode, your body reacts by pumping out cortisol (the stress hormone), which stimulates oil glands, leading to breakouts. Modern life is to blame, says Ava Shamban, MD, a dermatologist in Santa Monica, California. The complicated juggle of a husband, kids, a job, and a household to run take a toll on skin. Exercise, good nutrition, boosting protein, and adequate sleep can all help.

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