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You expect to have to load up on zit cream when you’re in high school. But heading to the checkout lane with anti-acne treatments in your 20s and 30s—or beyond—just seems like a cruel joke.
Dermatologist Bobby Buke, M.D., is the section chief of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine; chief science officer for skin-care brand First Aid Beauty, and has a private practice in New York—so he knows a thing or two about adult acne. And unfortunately, he says you may be to blame. Okay, your beauty habits, but still.
Are you using any products with 10 percent benzoyl peroxide? Or covering up acne marks with concealer? If so, you’re probably undermining your own efforts to get great-looking skin. Check out the video below to see what other common behaviors may be working against you.