Did you know that acne affects more than 9% of the global population? While it commonly affects teenagers, adults can experience it, too. If you find yourself plagued by acne as an adult, it may seem unfair, but thankfully it’s treatable.
At Dermatology Associates of Central NJ, our providers are experienced in addressing every skin condition, from the common to the obscure. When it comes to adult acne, they have a few treatment options that can get you on the way to clear skin again.
What acne is
Acne is caused by clogged pores. You have sebaceous glands in your facial skin that secrete an oily substance. This substance, along with dead skin cells, can begin to build up and clog your pores, which are openings for hair follicles. This buildup can form acne -- raised bumps on your face called whiteheads (pimples) as well as blackheads.
Having acne as an adult
While most people experience acne in their teens, it can also pop up in adults who are in their 30s, 40s, and even 50s. There are a couple of reasons for this, including:
- Fluctuating hormones
- Cosmetics and hair products
- Family history
- Dietary changes
Additionally, certain medical conditions can cause acne, including polycystic ovary syndrome, which is a hormonal condition in women that causes cysts to form on the ovaries.
Adult acne can also be confused with rosacea, which causes a rash to form on the face around the nose and cheeks. Although it is commonly referred to as “adult acne,” this is a misnomer, as rosacea is triggered by other factors like sun exposure and extreme weather conditions.
Treating your adult acne
Leaving acne untreated can lead to permanent scarring and uneven skin, so it’s best to come in for treatment sooner rather than later. We can formulate a plan for treating your acne using several different options depending on your specific needs, including medications and skin care routines. We also offer microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and laser treatments to treat acne scars.
When it comes to medication for treating acne, we can prescribe antibiotics, retinoids, or even birth control pills. Birth control pills can help women whose acne is caused by hormone fluctuations.
Daily skin care
You’ll want to find a cleanser that’s not too harsh, to avoid drying, but strong enough to clear out your pores. We can recommend one of our medical-grade products that’ll work best for your skin type. We typically recommend cleansing your face twice a day, but provide specific instructions during your consultation.
Microdermabrasion and chemical peels
We can also treat any acne scars that you already have. With microdermabrasion, we exfoliate your skin to remove damaged cells and smooth out scarring. Chemical peels achieve the same effect by removing the top layer of your skin. Then your body produces a layer of fresh, clearer skin.
You don’t have to live with acne and acne scars. Call one of our offices in Old Bridge, Freehold, or Union, New Jersey, or book an appointment right here on our website today.