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As proven by the stubborn breakouts that followed us all well past high school, acne is not just an annoyance that plagues awkward teens. Unfortunately, some of the products you use could very well be the cause of adult acne.
Thanks to a society that's basically deemed it unacceptable for women to age, many of us feel (understandably) pressured to drop absurd amounts of money on creams and serums designed to halt or slow the aging process. But new evidence is finding that all of these heavy products can in fact have a negative impact on our skin, clogging pores and subsequently causing acne in adult women.
Dr Michelle Braude, a doctor and nutritionist who runs The Food Effect, has conducted research she says reveals that up to 50 percent of adult women suffer from acne.
She told The Daily Mail anti-aging products are the a main culprit.
The jury is still out on whether anti-aging products are capable of producing any real results, so passing on them is likely not much of a loss. Opting for standard lotions and creams could help to salvage your skin, as well as your bank account.
But there's one cheaper (and severely trendy) alternative you may want to avoid. Your beloved $5 jar of coconut oil from Trader Joe's might not be so great for your skin after all.
Coconut oil may seem like a perfect, all natural product for healthy skin, but it actually contains highly comedogenic ingredients, meaning it is likely to clog pores and cause breakouts. Very, very sub-optimal.
The oil is best suited for younger, dryer skin types, Braude said.
"Whilst coconut oil does indeed have an endless array of health and skin benefits, it may be better for younger skin, or those with particularly dry skin. In mature skin, especially with fine lines, it can block pores and lead to breakouts and the development of acne."
She also advises women with more mature skin steer clear of coconut butter for the same reason.
Despite ever-changing skin and beauty trends, it's all about what works for you and your skin type. Simply being wary of the ingredients in your products can go a long way, and could save your skin down the road.