Ask Jean: Problem Skin in My 30s?

We want to answer your most pressing questions—or, you know, just the things that you’re curious about. Please keep them coming to: [email protected], or tweet us @goop. Below, a q for our new beauty director, Jean Godfrey-June.

Dear Jean,

I’m in my early thirties and still suffer from hormonal breakouts on my chin (side note: I’ve been working with a homeopath, I eat a clean diet, and am active, but like clockwork 1-3 deep-rooted little guys appear just a few days before I menstruate). The breakouts typically only last a few days but the red marks linger…and linger… Is there any product or treatment or secret industry practice that you know of that effectively gets rid of the spots left behind? – R.S.

Dear R.S., Anything that chemically exfoliates skin—salicylic acids, alpha-hydroxy acids, papaya enzymes—will help get rid of spots…a little bit quicker. I’ve also found that clay can help, too.

As far as a secret industry practice, dermatologists have all sorts of tools, from prescriptions and procedures to blue and/or red light therapies at their disposal—but going to the dermatologist once a month is not in everyone’s schedules or budgets.

The best solution is to not get the breakouts in the first place. Because you get them in such a specific spot, I’d target just that area, every day of the month. Use precisely the same thing, every day. It may take several months of consistent skincare, every day to see results.

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