Adult Acne

What are Adult Acne?

Adult acne is a very common skin disorder. It is caused by sebum that has clogged the pores, that then become inflamed with bacteria. Adult acne will effect 25% of men and 50% of woman. It can affect the face, the body or the back. Adults can get acne in their 30s, 40s and even 50s. Woman often see adult acne due to fluctuating hormones, and will often see a flare up when they are menstruating, during pregnancy, and menopause, and after starting or stopping birth control. Stress in an individual’s daily life can also lead to adult acne. Research also points to adult acne happening more frequently if a family member has it, since acne can be genetic. Some suffer from adult acne due to medications they are on. Hair and skin care products one is using can also influence acne. An individual should look for products that are oil-free, that won’t clog the pores, and products that are non-acnegenic, or non-comedogenic. An individual’s diet can also contribute to adult acne. Dairy, sugars, simple carbs, and chocolate can contribute to acne.

Adult Acne and Other Conditions

Adult acne can also be a sign of an underlying medical condition. If a woman has thinning hair or bald patches on the scalp, irregular periods, and facial hair that is accompanied by acne, it could be a sign of polycystic ovaries. This condition causes cysts to develop on the ovaries. Those symptoms could also be a sign of adrenal hyperplasia, which is a group of adrenal gland disorders. Any of these symptoms could mean the female has a hormone secreting tumor that is in her adrenal gland or her ovary. Should any of these signs be present, a woman will need to see a doctor to clear up the condition so the adult acne can be cleared up.

Elos for Adult Acne Treatment

Adult acne should be treated. Without treatment, permanent scars and dark spots can appear on the skin. Adult acne can be treated many different ways. If you feel you have a bad case of adult acne, you should contact your skin specialits for treatment options. Laser therapy is a good option for those who suffer from acne. Elos is a treatment done by skin specialist that combines radio frequency energies with optical (laser or pulsed light). This treatment is the first and only technology that combines the two energies together. Using this treatment, there is lower risk of damaging the epidermis. Tissue is targeted by using short or long pulses, and the radio frequency energy is not absorbed by the melanin. Elos is very effective in treating areas that have lower optical absorption, such as the collagen. Elos is safe to use on all skin types, and treatment can be done on the face, back, neck, chest, and other portions of the body. During the treatment, the skin that is being treated will be covered with a cool gel. The area will be treated with pulsed light. To cool the sensation felt, a fan will most generally be blowing onto the skin. The treatment is quick, usually taking about 20 to 30 minutes. After the treatment, the skin will be warm and pink. The pinkness can last for a few days. There is no downtime required with Elos, and a patient can resume all normal activities. Many times multiply treatments are needed to see optimal results, however, the exact number will depend on how severe the adult acne is. Treatments should be spaced a month apart. Treatment done will help to reduce active adult acne on the body, as well as speed up the healing process of the acne. During Elos treatments, the sebaceous glands will slowly diminish in producing oil.

Before an Elos treatment, the patient should stop any topical agents for 2 to 3 days prior to the treatment. One should not tan or be in the sun right before the treatment. After the treatment, the skin should be protected with an SPF of 30+. An individual should avoid tanning for a few days after Elos treatment as this could be grounds for hyperpigmentation. Those that are not eligible for Elos treatments include those that have a pacemaker or internal defibrillator, those that are pregnant or nursing, one that has an active skin condition in the area that is being treated (sores, rash, etc), those that use anticoagulants, and those with poorly controlled endocrine disorders, such as diabetes or Poly Cystic Ovary.

Microdermabrasion for Adult Acne Treatment

Microdermabrasion can provide relief from those that suffer from adult acne. Microdermabrasion uses tiny crystals to buff away the dead skin cells that can clog pores. New skin cells are formed, which will mean smoother skin. Repeated microdermabrasion treatments can remove some blemishes that are deep. A wand will shoot crystals over the skin being treated, polishing the skin, removing the dead skin cells. These cells will then be vacuumed up with the crystals. Skin will be pink for about 24 hours, and there is no downtime needed. No anesthetics are needed for this procedure. It is safe for all skin types.

Chemical Peels for Adult Acne Treatment

Chemical peels can be done on the skin for adult acne as well. There are three kinds of chemical peels: superficial, medium and deep. Superficial chemical peels use weak acids to exfoliate the skin. Peeling of the skin will be seen in usually three days, but is very light. Skin will heal quickly after a superficial peel. They can be repeated every one to four weeks. Medium depth chemical peels penetrate the skin deeper than a superficial peel does. They can cause a second degree burn to the skin. They cause red skin, and will take five to seven days to hide the redness. These may be repeated every six to twelve months. A deep chemical peel will penetrate several layers of the skin and will only be used on the face. Skin will be regrown in ten to fourteen days after the peel. Skin will generally be red for up to three weeks, with some seeing redness for up to two months. It may take several months for the skin to heal after having a deep chemical peel done. A deep chemical peel is usually only done once in an area.

Skincare for Adult Acne

Many times adult acne can be treated successfully with any of the above treatments in conjunction with a high quality skin care line. Advanced Dermatology’s complete skin care line is targeted at treating the skin professionally. The Daily Renew Cleanser is activated with water to give a deep down clean unlike any other. Suitable for all skin types, this cleanser will not strip the skin of moisture and will deliver a healthy, vibrant complexion. The Super Youth Serum is lightweight, and smooths out damaged skin. Natural lipids peptides, proteins and anti-oxidants help to promote deep tissue repair. The Anti-aging Firming Night Treatment helps to regulate sebum production, which will mean fewer clogged pores. This treatment also helps to reduce scarring that is caused by acne. The Complete Age Defense Day Cream will lightly moisturises the skin without weighing it down with heavy oils or creams. It leaves the skin feeling balanced. The Deep Cellular Regeneration cream quenches the skin, delivering long lasting hydration to the skin. It will promote healthy looking skin by helping to rebuild collagen, elastin and essential proteins the skin needs to look and feel its best.

9 replies
  1. Diet with acne?
    Diet with acne? says:

    Adult acne is something that I thought I would not get since I did not have it til I was in my 30s. I started to break out really bad along my jawline and then slowly it crept up over my cheeks and onto my nose and forehead. I thought it was first due to an allergic reaction that I had with some new face scrub that I purchased. I stop using it and within a month, I still had really bad acne. I decided that I needed to get it under control, as it was just going to get worse. I took a look at my diet. Yes I do eat a lot of fruits and veggies but my diet consisted of a lot of pastas and cheeses and dairy. I cut back on this tremendously and within about 3 months, my skin looked a lot better. I would recommend that people look at this if they are having issues with adult acne. Sure it might not correct the issue totally, but it really does help. I would say that my acne has simmered down some. I am still going to look into Advanced Dermatology’s skin care line as it sounds so amazing to me. I want a skin care line that works with my skin! And from the way that these products are described, it sounds like it will do just that for me.

  2. Oily skin
    Oily skin says:

    I have very oily skin! So oily you could probably fry an egg on it. I can wash my face and then 30 minutes later, it is slick again. This is why I have been breaking out with adult acne. My pores are super clogged. I need to do something about them so the oil will not clog the pores. Does anyone know if the Elos treatment will help with making less sebum? I feel that if I could somehow get my pores to produce less sebum, then I would not have such bad outbreaks with my acne. It seems like it is always flaring up. The pimples are always there, they never fully go away but some will subside. But then new ones form. I want to get the oil under control to make my acne start to disappear.

  3. hate acne
    hate acne says:

    Acne in my adult years is plaguing me. I have never had the best skin but when I was about 20, my skin took a turn for the great. For about 4 years I had truly clear skin and loved it. I relished in the fact that my skin was not broken out. It felt amazing. Not so much any more. I look like a pizza face. It is disguising. I feel disguising! Gross and horrible about myself.

  4. Eloss
    Eloss says:

    I think that the Elos treatment sounds fabulous. I have done some research on it and have found that many have found it beneficial for adult acne. It sounds very safe and all the research I have done has pointed to it being very effective. And one of the best parts is it does not have any downtime! Which I love because I lead a very busy life and can not afford to take days off so my face can heal. Combine this with the fact that you can go back to your normal activities right after the procedure! That right there is pretty amazing to me. I want treatments that I can schedule and still schedule other things later in the day.

  5. Sindy
    Sindy says:

    I never suffered from acne when I was a teenager. Now in my adult years, my face looks horrendous. I have pimples all over the place. It truly feels awful. I need to get my skin into better shape. I am thinking the only way to do this is to have a professional treatment done. I would love to try the Elos treatment out as I feel it would do me wonders. I love that it is safe and combines the energies to get the most out of the treatment. I look forward to speaking with my dermatologist about this. Hopefully within the next few months I can come back on here and state how good my skin looks. I have not had clear skin for a while and feel that I deserve it.

  6. Gene acne
    Gene acne says:

    Several of the solutions that were listed I have tried, and they really do work. I did the mircrodermabrasion and it left my skin so soft and smooth. The dead skin cells just came right off. I invested in a high quality skin care line and it left my skin cleaner(as a side note, I might have to check out the brand Advanced Dermatology- it sounds like it knows skin well!). I also changed my diet, and keep stress levels at an all time low. I meditate and do yoga to help with that. I sort of got a double whammy with my genetics. My mother and my dad’s sister both had adult acne really bad so I am trying to overcome that!

  7. Microderm rocks
    Microderm rocks says:

    I love what microdermabrasion does for the skin. I have had several treatments now and it really does help with acne. I believe it helps so much because the top layer of the skin is being sloughed off, which reveals smoother skin. I had adult acne, but it was a mild case. I feel that microdermabrasion has helped me out tremendously! My face does not break out like it once did because there is nothing there to clog the pores. All the dead skin cells have been sloughed away. A professional treatment is the way to go as it really does help more than the over the counter microdermabrasion kits that are available now days.

  8. Tonny
    Tonny says:

    I had three laser skin treatments for my adult acne. I had to schedule them four treatments in a month. I did the blue light treatment and I feel that it was effective. My acne does not seem as bad as it once was. I also started taking better care of my skin. I realized that I can not use the products that I used on it in my younger years. I am going to look into the Advanced Dermatology line. I feel that when a product comes from a dermatologist, it is a higher quality.

  9. Fraxel?
    Fraxel? says:

    I have had the Fraxel laser done on my acne. I did the Fraxel Restore. I had five sessions done in about a months time. There was no downtime for me. One can go on with normal activity after they have had this kind of laser treatment. My dermatologist said it was safe for any and all skin types. There was a bit of pain associated with it, but it feels like a rubber band snapping at the skin. Nothing unbearable. I tolerated it well. It took about 15 minutes per session to do the entire face. After the treatment, I was sent home with a healing cream, in which I was to use twice a day. I feel that this really did help to heal my skin faster. I will say that after these treatments, one does need to wear sunscreen and be faithful about applying it. With many of these treatments, one is taking away the top (or more in some cases) layers of skin. The sun’s rays will seem a lot more powerful then they once might have been to you. So keep the face covered with an SPF of at least 30 so you do not burn.


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