Adult Acne: What There Is To Know
posted: Aug. 11, 2022.
Many people believe that acne only impacts those in their teens–a common misconception that may confuse people of all ages when acne presents itself on the skin. For adults that find themselves experiencing trouble with acne, our team of dermatologists at Newton Wellesley Dermatology Associates in Wellesley Hills, MA, encourage you to learn more about adult-onset acne, (i.e., often referred to simply as adult acne).
Taking A Look Below The Surface
According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association, women are more likely to experience acne in their adult years than men–a frequent result of menopause. However, adult acne can also be a result of stress, family history, hormones, skin irritants (e.g., poor reactions to certain skin or hair products), or even diet.
Whether you're going through menopause or are in your adolescent years, the causes of acne remain the same:
- clogged pores
- excess oil production
Treating Adult Acne
There is no singular path to treating acne, which is why our team of dermatologists with Newton Wellesley Dermatology Associates in Wellesley Hills, MA, are dedicated to finding the best acne treatment plan for you.
The first step to treating acne is to become aware of any poor habits related to your skin. For example, removing any makeup before going to bed, avoid touching your face as much as possible, and avoiding most oil-free products.
Persistent acne requires patience throughout the treatment process, as there are several remedies to try. Our dermatologists may recommend the following medications for stubborn acne:
- Topical creams that include benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, or alpha-hydroxy acid, are often prescribed over-the-counter first
- Vitamin A based medicated creams (e.g., retinoids) help to unclog pores
- Oral or topical antibiotics to alleviate possible infections within your pores
Fight For Your Skin
For a personalized treatment plan against adult acne, our dermatologists at Newton Wellesley Dermatology Associates in Wellesley Hills, MA, encourage you to schedule a visit with us. Give our office a call today, at (781) 237-3500.