If you had acne as a teenager, it is quite likely that the whiteheads and cysts that you have been noticing are adult acne. Adult acne can appear in your 20s, 30s, 40s or 50s. Being male or female and how much acne history you have will determine the types or treatments that will help your acne. Treatment options by Dr. Shereene Idriss, MD, Wexler Dermatology, and Dr. Doris Day, MD (an NYC based dermatologist) are noted in this article. In addition to the treatment options shared by these dermatologists, daily skin care actions are necessary. It is important to follow a skin care routine: wash your face daily, use a gentle cleanser, and exfoliate two to three times a week. Remember, only use products that are non-comedogenic. Skin care is the best way to prevent adult-acne breakouts.
- 1Adult onset acne can occur anywhere from a person’s 20s until well into their 50s.
- 2Hormones may be causing the acne, but there are options for treatment.
- 3Surface treatment can improve the appearance of acne.
Mild acne can usually be treated with a topical containing benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid, like La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo or Dermalogica Overnight Clearing Gel.
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