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Adult Acne Why You Get It – How To Fight It

Win Your Battle Against Adult Acne

Just when you thought you were done with those dreadful teenage acne problems, you could be shocked to see that they are back with a vengeance well after your teen years. And you are not alone!

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Many people suffer from adult acne which can be quite frustrating especially if you already went through it as a teenager. So is there no way to fight it? Read on and find out how you can bring your good old skin back.

Adult Acne triggers

Many factors like stress, hormonal changes, medications etc can trigger an acne episode. Pollution, skin care products and even the food that you eat can contribute to a skin breakout. The best way to find out is to get in touch with your dermatologist.

Cleanse your skin gently

Keeping your skin dirt and oil-free is the easiest way to beat acne. Washing your face with a gentle cleanser not more than twice a day is an effective regime to follow. It removes dirt, grease, make-up and pollution from clogging your skin pores. Do not wipe, but pat dry your face for a problem-free skin.

Lotions and Creams

You acne-prone skin can benefit from the unclogging effects of retinoid lotions. Over the counter creams with sulfur or Benzoyl peroxide can be used to treat a breakout. Since Benzoyl peroxide has a drying effect, using a less concentrated lotion is advised.

Labels on cosmetics

It is not enough to just buy cosmetics that are oil-free and have the words non-comedogenic (no clogging of pores) or non-acnegenic (does not cause acne) on them. If you are already experiencing a breakout episode, you can look for those that have Salicylic acid as it will fight your existing acne and prevent a recurrence.


If you have tried everything and the adult acne proves to be stubborn, then the best option is to see your dermatologist who will prescribe either antibiotics or retinoids. Antibiotics like Aldactone and Isotretinoin are prescribed to treat adult acne. Let your dermatologist know if you plan to become pregnant as some of these antibiotics can have adverse effects.

Alternate solutions

With advancements in the field of science and technology, many new treatment methods have emerged to treat a host of skin related problems. These can be expensive but are also very effective.

Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) is a form of light therapy that uses a light activated drug to treat abnormal cells or overactive sebaceous glands. Through this method the acne cells are destroyed and shrunk so that you get visibly clearer skin.

Another option that uses light to treat your adult acne is Vacuum therapy. It uses a combination of pulsed light and suction using a vacuum device on your skin. Vacuum helps draw out the impurities in the skin by draining the oil glands and unclogs the pores. The light on the other hand kills the bacteria that are responsible for causing the acne.






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