You may be surprised when you get older and start experiencing a resurgence of the frustrating acne scourge you experienced as a teenager. And while teenage acne was no day at the beach, adult acne can be even more embarrassing because it seems like fewer people are affected by it.
What’s worse is that sometimes treatments that worked when you were younger are useless against adult acne. Actually, 40 to 55 percent of the population experience acne between the ages of 20 and 40. What’s different is there are a number of options to treat acne as an adult.
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You have the option to explore a number of different acne treatment options for your adult acne that aren’t usually offered to teenagers — unless the acne is severe. What’s great about a lot of adult acne treatments are that many of them also treat signs of aging as well.
Treatments such as chemical peels, microneedling, derma fillers, oxygen facials and laser treatments may also decrease the visibility of wrinkles and scars while firming and brightening the skin. Your aesthetic specialists at Radiance Aesthetic & Wellness work with you to create a comprehensive plan that battles unwanted acne with a holistic approach through facial treatments, nutrition counseling and hormone balancing.
Why You Get Adult Acne
There are a number of reasons why adults get acne, including:
- Hormone changes. This is especially true for women, as their acne may be caused by menstrual cycles, pregnancy, menopause, side effects from birth control methods that contain hormones or a medical condition called Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).
- Stress. When you’re stressed, your body creates androgens, which encourage glands in the skin and hair to create more oil. This increase in oil is a common cause of acne flare-ups.
- Sometimes adult acne runs in the family.
- Skincare products. As you get older, your skin changes and sometimes products that once worked well on your face no longer achieve the desired effect. Tell your aesthetic specialist about the products you’re currently using so she can gain better insight into what might be negatively impacting your acne and recommend some better options.
- Medications. Some medications cause acne; be sure to share with your aesthetic specialist all medications you are taking so she might catch any that are causing your acne. Then you can talk to your doctor about possible alternatives.
- Undiagnosed conditions. After a careful medical history is taken, your health care practitioner may catch an underlying issue causing your acne. Treating underlying issues can rid you of your acne in some cases.
Whiteheads vs. Blackheads
Not all acne is the same, though it can be simplified into two groups: whiteheads and blackheads. White heads are closed bumps where the area around in the pore is swollen and because air can’t reach the material causing the pimple, it appears white. This white color is due to the fact that the material cannot oxidize properly.
Blackheads are considered open and are plugs of sebum, keratin and dead skin cells. The material has reacted with the air through melanin oxidation, which is what gives it its black color — not dirt, as many people mistakenly believe. Blackheads are usually found on the chin and nose but can be anywhere on the face or body.
How to Get Rid of Whiteheads
There are a number of home remedies that might help get rid of your whiteheads, including:
- Use a face wash that’s gentle. Too often people make their acne worse by using face washes with harsh chemicals and exfoliating beads. These face washes mess with the pH of your skin and make your skin overcompensate by producing more
- Use a benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid crème on the white heads. These both kill acne-causing bacteria and help unclog pores.
- Try some home remedies. Household items that may help you with your whiteheads include:
- Tea tree oil
- Lemon juice
- Apple cider vinegar
If you’re experiencing whiteheads frequently, you should make an appointment with your aesthetic specialist at Radiance Aesthetics & Wellness to find a long-term solution and look your absolute best.
How to Remove Blackheads
The best option for blackhead removal is to make sure you have a regular skin care routine. A monthly facial can work wonders on blackheads and keep them at bay. When you find a cleanser that works for you, use it regularly; you have the best chance at preventing blackheads from appearing. There are three basic techniques for removing blackheads, but they should be used sparingly to prevent drying out your skin including:
- Facemask. Face masks, when used periodically, give your face a little extra boost in blackhead prevention.
- Pore strips. These are usually used on the nose and chin and can pull blackheads directly from their pores.
- Facials. Offered at the Radiance Aesthetic & Wellness office, facials are a great way to remove excess blackheads and simultaneously brighten your skin. And it’s something you can do on your lunch hour.
If blackheads are a persistent issue in your life, your aesthetic specialist can look at your current skin care routine, skin type, and nutrition and develop a customized skin care plan so you don’t have to battle with that acne you thought you left behind in high school.
Another symptom commonly seen alongside acne is enlarged pores. Enlarged pores on nose, chin and cheeks are unsightly and can make acne develop more readily. They can be really large and may even lead to a very real phobia called trypophobia, which is the fear of large pores. Luckily aesthetic treatments have come a long way and there are options if you have large pores.
Enlarged pores treatments include:
Chemical peels, laser resurfacing and microneedling are three excellent treatments offered by experienced professionals at the Radiance Aesthetic & Wellness.
The best acne treatment is different for everyone, which is why making an appointment with an aesthetic specialist in New York City is your best bet. At Radiance Aesthetic & Wellness, the certified health practitioners approach your skin care from a holistic approach. They look at your family and medical history, diet, skin care regimen and skin type to develop a plan that ranges from personal care to in-office treatments. Some in-office acne treatments that might be recommended to you include:
- Medical and lifestyle changes. Balancing your hormones, changing your diet and adjusting your lifestyle may be necessary to treat your acne breakouts and improve your skin.
- Prescription acne treatments. You may need face washes and medications that are stronger than what you can get over-the-counter.
- Chemical peels. Chemical peels are a great option for adult acne because they not only treat the blemishes but they can reduce signs of aging such as wrinkles.
- Microneedling. This is a process where tiny needles puncture the surface of the skin allowing your doctor to apply acne treatments more effectively. Microneedling also works well to decrease appearance of post acne scars and pigmentation.
These treatments may be used on their own or in conjunction with other treatments. Talk with your team at Radiance Aesthetics & Wellness today to get a full assessment of your condition diagnosed so that you can begin your treatment to a rejuvenated you!
Dr. Fazylova and Staff at Radiance Aesthetic & Wellness strive to provide a holistic, aesthetic and individualized care to help you on your journey to a better health and vibrant appearance.
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