All About Adult Acne

shutterstock_225927364It’s one thing to hear that you have younger-looking skin because you look radiant and wrinkle free. It’s another thing entirely to hear you have younger-looking skin because you’re having the breakouts of a teenager. Are you struggling with acne as an adult? Adult acne can be a very frustrating condition to treat on your own, so why not get the expertise of the skin care experts at Innovations Medical?

Adult Acne: Inside Out

To effectively treat your acne, you first need to identify the cause of your acne. During the teenage years, acne is caused by fluctuations in hormones during puberty. Guess what? Hormonal fluctuations (caused by stress, pregnancy, aging and menopause) also cause acne to develop in adulthood.

Hormones cause the skin to increase oil production, which leads to blemishes and pustules developing on the skin’s surface. Many people also experience cystic acne along their jawline, shoulders and upper neck.

Don’t Just Accept Adult Acne

While adult acne may seem never-ending, you can treat your skin to battle back against breakouts:

Look at your products. Take a long look at what you’re using on your skin and skip overly harsh products. Trade in the stuff you used as a teen for products containing retinol and alpha hydroxy acids to help reduce oil on your skin.

Seek out salicylic acid. Salicylic acid-based cleansers kill the bacteria that cause acne and help to reduce inflammation of your skin.

Befriend benzoyl peroxide for large zits. Zap large zits with benzoyl peroxide spot treatments – but use sparingly, as benzoyl peroxide products can seriously dry out your skin.

Consider a chemical peel. Chemical peels are also an excellent option to help reduce your acne and improve the appearance of your skin by erasing acne scar and uneven skin tone caused by breakouts. Acid peels help to exfoliate the skin and control the causes of acne.

Learn more about the benefits of chemical peels for acne and erasing the signs of aging by calling us at 214-643-8665 for a consultation.

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Dr. Bill Johnson MD, MMM Innovations Medical
Contact us with any questions or call our Dallas office at 214-643-8665.