Treating Acne as an Adult
Although pimples and zits are most commonly associated with hormonal teenagers, that doesn’t mean that adults can’t get acne too. In fact, according to the American Academy of Dermatology Association, acne is the most common skin condition in the United States, impacting as many as 50 million Americans each year. Just because your adult acne is less accepted or less common than it was during your adolescent years, doesn’t mean it is also less treatable. Some of the same proven acne treatments and therapies that work for teens can also be effective for adults.
What Causes Adult Acne?
Just like teens, adult acne is primarily caused by inflammation, pore blockage, overactive oil glands and the activity of normal skin bacteria. For women, hormones may still be to blame in adulthood, as there are many times in which your hormones may surge, including menstruation and pregnancy. Fortunately, there are several effective approaches to acne treatment, regardless of your age or gender. Spectrum Dermatology is dedicated to first finding the cause of your breakouts in adulthood and recommending a successful remedy to clear up your complexion, which may range from simple changes in how you wash your face or more advanced therapies using lights or lasers.
The Importance Cleansing & Moisturizing
Keeping your skin clean is one of the best ways to combat acne. Be mindful of using a gentle cleanser so that your skin doesn’t become irritated or stripped of moisture. Speaking of moisture, don’t assume that you should never moisturize if you have oily, acne-prone skin. When the skin dries out, it can trigger over-production of oil!
Resist the Urge to Pick or Pop
Pimple-popping videos can be oddly satisfying and disgusting at the same time. We highly recommend that you don’t try to pick or pop your zits, as this can lead to scarring and further infection.
OTC and Prescription Topical Treatments
It is not uncommon for a dermatologist to first have you try a topical ointment to clear away acne. These are often OTC or prescription products with the following key ingredients:
- Benzoyl peroxide decreases bacteria
- Retinoids unclog pores and reduce oiliness
- Salicylic acid eases inflammation and unclogs pores
Other Advanced Options
While you should allow 4-6 weeks for your at-home acne treatments to work, there are still options if you continue to have stubborn flare-ups. For acne that may be resistant to other forms of treatment, we may recommend chemical peels, microdermabrasion, laser treatment or light therapy.
Don’t let your acne-ridden complexion ruin your self-confidence as an adult. Schedule your consult with Spectrum Dermatology today to learn about our newest treatment options for teen and adult acne.