Most Effective Treatment Options for Adult Acne

For a personalized approach to managing your adult acne, book an appointment online or over the phone with Dermatology Associ

If you’re troubled by adult acne, Oswald Mikell, MD, can help. As a double board-certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Mikell has helped numerous men and women improve their complexion at Dermatology Associates of the Lowcountry. With convenient locations in Hilton Head, Okatie, and Beaufort, South Carolina, it’s easy to get the skin you’ve always wanted.

Adult acne

Worldwide, acne is the eighth most common skin disease. While most people associate acne with puberty, several things can trigger acne once you reach adulthood, including:

You can also develop adult acne because of underlying medical conditions, such as polycystic ovary syndrome, a common female hormonal disorder. It’s also common to confuse acne with other skin conditions, such as rosacea. 

Rosacea is often called "adult acne" because it also causes red bumps on your skin. However, rosacea is very different from adult acne. Rosacea bumps appear in cycles all at once, and they’re usually smaller. Rosacea flare-ups are also associated with different triggers, including exposure to the sun, the wind, and extreme temperatures.

Without treatment, acne can affect your self-confidence and cause permanent scarring on your skin.

Treating adult acne

Dr. Mikell treats adult acne by identifying the cause of your condition and developing a personalized plan based on the severity of your symptoms. Getting rid of adult acne often takes combining a number of tactics, such as:

Daily skin care

Following a proper skin care routine is essential when it comes to managing acne outbreaks. Not only should you avoid over-cleansing, but you should avoid using products that are too drying or harsh. Dr. Mikell can recommend a personalized skin care regimen that includes gentle cleansers, over-the-counter creams and lotions, and cosmetics that won’t clog your pores or trigger breakouts. 

Medications

If you have adult acne caused by fluctuating hormones or other issues, Dr. Mikell might recommend prescription medications, such as antibiotic pills, birth control pills, or prescription retinoids. Each of these medications can work miracles when it comes to reducing acne breakouts, but they’re not right for everyone, especially women who may be pregnant or planning to become pregnant.

For a personalized approach to managing your adult acne, book an appointment online or over the phone with Dermatology Associates of the Lowcountry today.

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