Adult acne is quite common especially for individuals in their teens and early twenties. However, older adults may also experience pimples or blackheads on the face or body. Acne occurs due to a buildup of oil, skin flakes and debris, and bacteria in an individual’s pores. Individuals with blemishes often have excessively oily skin or extreme hormonal changes. Both adult men and women can have acne that is mild or severe. Many individuals occasionally will have one or two small blemishes on their faces that only last for a few days, but there are people who develop chronic blemishes that are more inflamed and noticeable.
It is important to find ways to eliminate pimples that can lead to long-term scar tissue and discomfort. Visiting a dermatologist for an evaluation is the first step toward improving adult acne. Adults will often feel embarrassed and self-conscious about having blemishes on the face or body that are noticeable to others. A thorough examination by an expert can lead to finding effective treatments, and often dermatologists can prescribe oral medications and/or topical treatments to curb papules faster than over-the-counter products. In addition, an expert in dermatology can perform cosmetic procedures including laser treatments and chemical peels to reduce acne scar tissue.
External creams and gels with the ingredients benzoyl peroxide, tretinoin, and salicylic acid are the most popular treatments for adult acne. Benzoyl peroxide is the most popular treatment because it has few side effects. This chemical works by reducing inflammation while destroying bacteria that cause pimple formation in the pores. Salicylic acid assists the skin in renewing itself by increasing the shedding of cells to reopen clogged pores, while tretinoin is a topical retinoid product related to vitamin A that helps to regulate follicle cell growth to reduce pore blockages while reducing inflammation. A tretinoin-like medication is also available in an oral form that is useful for individuals with severe acne.
Approximately 10 percent of the population experiences acne as teenagers or adults. More Females are more likely than males to suffer from adult acne due to the hormonal changes that occur each month. Many women have fewer blemishes when using oral contraceptives that help to regulate hormones in their monthly menstrual cycle. Occasionally, dermatologists will prescribe antibiotic treatments for patients with chronic and severe adult acne. For many individuals, using specialized skincare products to cleanse excessive oiliness while removing skin flakes and bacteria is an effective treatment plan. Our specialized cleansing products are formulated to be gentle yet effective.
At Skin Specialists of Addison and Allen, we take your skin concerns very seriously. If you are suffering from adult acne, call our office at 972-649-6644 and schedule an exam today.