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Adult Acne Treatment Options

Acne is a dermatological condition that affects the glands that produce oil in the skin. Although acne is not a dangerous condition, it can be embarrassing, unsightly, and leave scars that affect your self-confidence. Acne occurs primarily in adolescents and teenagers, but can persist into adulthood. There are a variety of adult acne treatment options to reduce oil production and improve the symptoms and appearance of acne cysts and scars. Cleansers The first step in controlling adult acne is to cleanse the skin regularly to remove excess oil and dead skin cells. There are a variety of cleansers available, both over the counter and through your dermatologist. Avoid using harsh cleansing solutions, as these can dry out your skin too much and cause additional irritation or other problems. If you aren’t sure which products to try, ask your dermatologist for recommendations. Medications Topical and oral medications may be prescribed to treat mild, moderate, or severe acne. These medications include retinoids, antibiotics, hormonal treatments such as birth control pills, and androgen blockers. Some of these medications—particularly retinoids—can also reduce the appearance of acne scars over time. Each medication option works differently to target a unique cause of acne, so talk to your dermatologist about which treatment option is best for your specific needs. Advanced Treatments When other treatments fail or you wish to address scars left by adult acne, your dermatologist can offer advanced treatment options. Microdermabrasion and certain types of laser therapy minimize the appearance of scars caused by acne. Blue light therapy specifically targets the bacteria responsible for acne breakouts, eliminating them to improve your symptoms. Don’t let adult acne affect your self-confidence—contact Specialists in Dermatology today by calling our central office in Tucson at (520) 382-3330. We offer a variety of treatment options for adult acne, allergic skin conditions, rosacea, psoriasis, and more to help you look and feel your best at every age. You can find additional information about skin care procedures and products on our website.