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The Grown-Up's Guide to Adult Acne

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Adult acne is a common problem that's often seen by dermatologists, and many people are understandably dismayed when their acne persists for years or even decades beyond adolescence. Keep reading for some guidance on dealing with adult acne.

Overview
If you suffer from adult acne, then know that you're not alone. In fact, a significant number of adults continue to experience acne in their 30s, 40s, and 50s. For this reason, your dermatologist will tell you that acne isn't just a teenage problem and that there are many effective treatments for you to consider.

Cause
Pimples develop when dead skin cells, fat, and keratin plug up hair ducts. When a blocked hair duct remains open, it forms what you know as a blackhead. Blocked hair ducts that close over are whiteheads, which can rupture and lead to redness and infection. Several factors can lead to blocked hair ducts, such as hormones that increase the skin's oil production, altered skin turnover, an inflammatory response, and bacteria on the skin.

Treatment
There is a wide range of treatment options to choose from when it comes to managing adult acne, and your dermatologist will discuss which ones you might benefit from most. For some adults, the use of over-the-counter topical medications is enough to keep their acne in check. For others, acne laser treatments, oral medications, light therapy, or chemical peels provide a solution.

Prevention
To help manage your adult acne, there are several simple steps that you can take. First, use mild cleansers and wash your face no more than twice per day to help keep it balanced and calm. Second, remove sources of stress from your life or master stress management techniques. This step is important because stress can affect your hormone levels and may increase your risk of acne. Finally, learn whether any of your medications can cause acne as a side effect, and then ask your doctor about possible alternatives.

Are you interested in speaking with a clinical dermatologist about acne treatment? If so, then please give Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery a call at (866) 400-3376.