Acne is one of the most common skin conditions in the US. It can also be one of the most frustrating, especially as an adult. It’s estimated that adult acne affects 1 in 5 women at some time in their adult lives. Acne often causes social and physical discomfort, scarring, and sometimes depression. Don’t despair! We’ve compiled a list of the common triggers and a sample of the treatment options to help you get clear, healthy skin.
Common Triggers of Adult Acne
- Hormonal Changes Whenever your body experiences a spike in “male” hormones such as testosterone, oil production increases—and that can clog pores, leading to inflammation and pimples.
- Your Diet Put down the bread and chocolate…Some items in your diet may exacerbate your acne such as simple carbs and sugar, dairy, and chocolate.
- Stress If the thought of cutting back on chocolate stresses you out, please relax! Experts say stress can lead to acne by signaling the release of cortisol, a hormone that tells your body to produce more pore-clogging oil.
Acne Treatment Options
A variety of acne treatment options are available – from benzoyl peroxide to lasers that can reduce the look of scarring. Although no overnight cures exist, a disciplined skin care routine can help to combat your acne problem. Because your body and skin are unique to you, we can help by creating a tailored treatment which addresses your specific needs. Here’s some of the options –
Common topical agents used include benzoyl peroxide, antibiotics, retinoids and salicylic acid. These may be used alone or in conjunction with other treatments. Try the ZO Skin Health Acne Prevention and Treatment Program that includes cleanser, exfoliator, pore treatment, and a masque.
Oral antibiotics are commonly used in managing moderate to severe acne. Oral antibiotics used include tetracycline, doxycycline, minocycline, erythromycin and trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole. An oral antibiotic may be used in combination with topical medication.
An injection of cortisone can dramatically speed the healing of an acne cyst or nodule.
This is the only medication approved to treat severe, resistant, nodular or cystic acne. This treatment requires regular monitoring by your dermatologist and side effects have been reported with its use. Generally, this treatment serves as a last resort.
We offer more treatments that have been shown to be useful in managing acne. Visit our Spa for a clear skin chemical peel, microdermabrasion, or acne facial. Laser treatments, like our Genesis™ V, works to reduce the appearance of acne scarring.
Suffering from acne or acne scarring? Call us today at 303.532.2810 to set up your consultation and discuss which treatment options are right for you.