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3 Tips for Dealing with Adult Acne

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When you go through adolescence, you’re told that acne is something you’ll go through, and then it will pass once you reach adulthood. However, this isn’t the case for everyone. Many adults still experience acne and it can have a negative effect on their self-esteem. There are several ways to address adult acne.

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Talk to Your Dermatologist

People will have acne in adulthood for a variety of reasons. You might experience it due to fluctuating hormones, stress, family history, or even the types of products you use on your skin. Adult acne can also be tied to certain medical conditions. In order to address your acne, you need to know why it’s affecting you.

Talking to a dermatologist helps you pinpoint your exact issues. They can then prescribe treatments that are targeted toward the cause of your acne so you can find some relief. If you’re concerned about your acne, schedule an appointment with your dermatologist so you can take the first step to clear up your acne.

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Get Professional Beauty Treatments

Sometimes dealing with adult acne requires something a little stronger than what you can pick up at a drugstore. Professional beauty treatments can do much more. They go deeper and they are designed to target specific issues.

One option to consider is light therapy. Blue light therapy can help reduce acne while red light therapy can help erase scars. The blue light works via an antimicrobial effect that kills bacteria that collect in and around your pores. It also decreases inflammation. In addition to light therapy, you might also consider microneedling, laser treatments, or extractions.

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Use Acne Medication

There are a variety of medications that have proven to be effective in treating acne, especially among adults. Some of these treatments, such as using retinol, are intended to improve the appearance of your skin. Other medications are intended for other purposes, but also improve acne. For example, taking oral birth control pills can help improve your acne. If your adult acne is persistent, then a simple skincare routine and some creams bought at the store might not do the trick. Talk to your doctor about some medications they can prescribe to help improve your acne.

Adult acne is more common than people might realize. However, that doesn’t remove the fact that it can be difficult to deal with. If you struggle with adult acne, you should explore a variety of options to find the ones that work well for you.

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