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Adult Acne: Why You Have It & How to Get Rid of It
Friday, 09 August 2019

 There’s nothing worse than having clear skin for most of your life only to be hit with adult acne later on. Adult acne affects your appearance as well as your self-esteem and will require a more advanced approach if you want to get rid of it. 

 Adult acne is known to be deeper and more painful, with causes ranging from stress and pollution to hormonal changes and incorrect product usage. Since cell turnover slows down as you get older, it does take longer for your skin to heal and manage side effects such as pigmentation and redness.

Diagnosing & Treating Adult Acne

No two patients are the same and what caused acne in one person might be very different to another, which is why you will require a professional diagnosis and skin analysis before you can look at treatment options.

To begin with, you will need to schedule a consultation with a professional dermatologist or laser skin clinic such as, so that you can discuss your concerns and establish what has caused and is exacerbating the condition. From there, you can start looking at treatment options.

Topical Treatment Options

Naturally, you want to do whatever you can to prevent and manage future breakouts and topical treatments are a good start. 

In most cases, combining a good daily skin regime with treatments such as chemical peels is a good way to manage acne-prone skin. However, this is generally only ideal if you have mild to moderate acne. 

It’s also important to choose the right products to use on your skin. Here are a few of the ingredients that are effective for treating acne:
  • Salicylic Acid. Also known as beta-hydroxy acid, salicylic acid exfoliates the skin and unclogs pores, reducing the number of dead skin cells that are present on the face.
  • Glycolic Acid.This is another exfoliating ingredient that is ideal for improving your skin’s texture and clearing up breakouts. 
  • Sulfur. Since sulfur has a drying effect, it helps draw the oil out of your skin.
  • Retinol. This ingredient is a derivative of vitamin A, which is converted to retinoic acid once it has been absorbed by your skin. It can also be quite harsh on your skin though, which is why you should speak to a professional before you start using it. 
Beyond Topical Treatments
Preventing breakouts is only one part of the process, there is also the possibility that you will need to seek treatment for acne scars if you’ve only recently started controlling the breakouts. Here are a few of the treatments that come highly recommended:
  • Fraxel Laser: This advanced laser system rejuvenates the skin and reduces the appearance of acne scars by remodelling the collagen in the skin. 
  • Microneedling: Microneedling pens use a series of small needles to create micro-injuries that stimulate collagen production and reduce the appearance of acne scars. 
  • IPL: Intense pulsed light is used to break down melanin in the skin, kill bacteria and reduce inflammation. 
If you are currently struggling with adult acne, it’s important to remember that this is a journey and not a process that’s going to produce overnight results. Finding the right cosmetic clinic to assist you on this journey will help make the process much easier. 
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