Adult acne and teen acne are similar to some extent, but the way it manifests can be different. When adults get acne spots, unlike teen acne, the spots normally appear in certain areas, such as around the cheeks, chin and lower parts of the face. Adult acne treatments are dictated by the type of acne that a person is suffering from. For example, acne types include hormonal acne and cystic acne.
What is Hormonal Acne?
Hormonal acne is caused by hormonal fluctuations in the body, or hormonal changes that can occur on a cyclical basis. Both men and women can be affected by hormonal acne. This is often due to how changes in a persons hormones affects the way oil production takes place in the body. Oily skin can often be a cause of various acne issues overall. For women they may also find that birth control pills can have both a positive and in some cases negative side effects on acne, depending on the birth control pills ingredients. This medication can change the hormone levels in the body and in some cases people have reported clearer skin when starting on a course of oral contraceptives.
What is Cystic Acne?
Cystic acne can be caused by a number of factors, including issues such as clogged pores. Skin care products that help with maintaining clear skin, and cleaning the face in general can help with some acne breakouts or flare-ups.
Regular skin care routines can help with keeping acne in check, and depending on the type of acne the individual has, over-the-counter products can also be used, although in cases of severe acne these spot treatments may not be completely effective. For individuals with severe or persistent acne we recommend booking an appointment with Board Certified Dermatologist Dr. Michele Green to discuss your issues and to review potential treatments.
Adult acne treatment options
Before and after photo: 35 year old female -VBbeam laser and chem peel for acne treatment
There are a number of courses of treatment that can be considered for those with acne. Topical retinoids can be used to treat acne. Salicylic acid washes can also help with acne. Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy can also be considered for acne too, as this can help remove dead skin cells and reduce excess oil in the skin. Chemical peels can also be used to treat acne in some cases such as the one in the image above. To determine which treatment is best for your own individual situation, the best thing to do is to book an appointment with Dr. Green who can provide you with a treatment plan and appraisal.