Acne is not just for teenagers. It effects adults too and is more common in women than in men. This is because acne is related to hormonal changes that are more common in women. Adult acne is different from teenage acne because it usually appears on the lower part of the face around the mouth and jawline and tends to be deep nodules. Teenage acne typically appears as hundreds of bumps, whiteheads and blackheads, which rarely appear in adult acne.
Adults may make the mistake of trying to treat their acne with over-the-counter creams, cleansers and ointments. These types of creams may be effective for certain pustules and whiteheads in some cases, but are not very effective for deeper adult acne. This is the main reason we recommend medical treatment for adult acne. During a consultation with our specialist, your acne will be examined and a customized treatment recommended.
Some of the most common medical treatments are:
• Creams that contain retinoids derived from vitamin A to unplug the follicles
• Antibiotics along with benzoyl peroxide creams
• Birth control pills help to regulate hormonal fluctuations that cause acne breakouts
• Oral antibiotics may be prescribed if topical antibiotics fail to help
• Certain other medications that are primarily used for other diseases but also treat acne
Laser and light therapies are also showing promising results. However, it may take a series of treatment sessions before the results are seen. Certain peel and facial treatments are also effective. The right treatment for you will depend on a variety of factors, including the type of acne and the skin type. If scars are formed with adult acne, there are additional treatments that may be used to resurface the skin and remove the scars.
Adult acne is not uncommon. The good news is that it can be effectively controlled. Rather than trying to hide adult acne or cure it with home remedies, it is worth considering professional treatments at YouthFill MD. During a consultation at our office in Los Angeles or La Crescenta, you can learn about your treatment options and get started on the journey to healthier, more attractive skin. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with our team of professionals.