How to Treat Adult Acne

July 19, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Acne  

Adult AcneFind out what you can do to reduce your chance of breakouts.

Acne isn’t just a problem that teenagers face. In fact, there are many factors that can bring about acne, from changes in hormones to environmental elements. It isn’t always easy to figure out what’s going on with your skin, but our Boise, ID, dermatologist, Dr. Jennifer DeBlieck, is here to help.

What causes adult acne?

Acne can flare up for many reasons including:

  • Stress
  • Hormonal changes (e.g. menopause; getting off birth control pills)
  • Certain medications 

If you aren’t sure what is causing your acne then our Boise skin doctor will be able to help you get to the root cause of your acne.

Ways to Treat Adult Acne on Your Own

It’s important that you are implementing the proper skincare routine every day to ensure that breakouts are minimal. This includes washing your face twice a day with a gentle cleanser and warm (not hot!) water. Don’t scrub or rub your face to get it clean, as it will only make things worse. Look for acne-fighting products that contain ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid.

Also, while it might be tempting to pop a pimple, leave it to your skin care specialist to extract it safely so it doesn’t cause the pimple to spread or lead to scarring.

Feeling stressed out? If so, then this is where acne might rear its ugly head. While getting a full eight hours of sleep might help you feel more relaxed if stress is freaking your skin out then it might be time to find an outlet for your stress, whether it’s a quick workout, yoga class, or meditation.

When to see a Dermatologist

If you are finding that your at-home skin care regime isn’t giving you the results you want and you feel like you’ve tried just about everything without success than it’s time to call our dermatologist in Boise so we can help you tackle your issues. We will first figure out the root cause of your acne and from there create a customized treatment plan. Common treatment options include:

  • Prescription-strength creams that contain dapsone, benzoyl peroxide, or retinoids
  • Oral antibiotics
  • Laser therapy
  • Extractions

Just remember to be patient. Results from these medications won’t happen overnight; it can take several weeks to begin to see clearer skin.

If you are finding it difficult to get your acne under control then it’s time to turn to the experts at DeBlieck Dermatology in Boise, ID. Call our office today and let us know that you want to talk about your acne treatment options.