Adult Acne

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Published on March 22, 2019

Adult Acne

Photo of woman's face with acnePhoto of woman's face with acneIf you’re still getting acne as an adult, you're not alone. The idea that acne is limited to our teen years is far from reality. In fact, some people who never had acne as teenagers often get frustrated when it begins in their 30s, 40s, 50s or even 60s. 

Several factors can contribute to adult acne. Sometimes it’s caused by a genetic (family) predisposition, the use of certain skincare products, or even by stress, which increases androgen levels, a hormone that stimulates oil glands. For women, additional factors can include hormone fluctuations around menstrual cycles, pregnancy, birth control, peri-menopause and even menopause. 

Fortunately, there are several highly effective treatment options that can help you get the best skin of your life. They include: 

  • Oral antibiotics to help decrease inflammation and decrease skin bacteria
  • Retinoid creams to chemically exfoliate the skin and unclog pores
  • Birth control pills to help control hormone levels
  • Oral Accutane to help treat severe acne that isn’t working with other treatment options

PIH Health Dermatology, Aesthetic Medicine and Mohs Surgery Physician Assistant, Heather Amitrone PA-C says, “Every treatment plan is unique, so you should seek help through a dermatology specialist. They can assist with extractions and chemical peels, which can help fight adult acne, as well.” 

To schedule an appointment with PIH Health Dermatology, call 562.789.5439.

The information in Healthy Living Online is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.  The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation, or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.