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.