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Why You’re Over 30 and Still Getting Whiteheads | Good Health Tips
You probably thought whiteheads were behind you when you said goodbye to curfews and awkward school dances. Unfortunately, these embarrassing white bumps often pop up beyond high school, into college years and far beyond. “Acne is thought to be seen in teenagers, but studies have shown that up to 45 percent of adult women have clinical acne,” says Minneapolis dermatologist Brian Zelickson, M.D., founder of MD Complete Skincare. So what’s causing whiteheads to overstay their welcome? “Hormones can affect oil-gland activity, the stickiness of skin cells leading to clogging of pores, increased skin bacteria, and inflammation,” says Zelickson. Watch this video for four reasons you're still breaking out as a grown woman: For the most effective at-home approach to treating whiteheads, Zelickson recommends choosing either a cleanser or spot treatment with salicylic acid or 2.5 percent benzoyl peroxide. Tea tree oil, a natural anti-fungal, is another ingredient that can help zap zits. We