Acne isn’t just for teenagers. Adult acne affects 25% of adult men and 50% of adult women at some point in their lives. Let’s explore the causes of adult acne, and how you can take steps to turn your skin around at any age.
What Causes Adult Acne?
There are several reasons you may experience acne as an adult, such as:
- Hormonal changes, such as from menopause, or switching or stopping birth control pills
- Medications, including corticosteroids, lithium, and anti-seizure drugs
- Air pollution
- Using the wrong skin care products
- Cleansing too frequently or not enough
- Too much sugar in your diet
Your dermatologist can help you find the cause of your acne and recommend acne treatment. For some people, it may be related to another condition.
What Is a Facial?
A facial is a skin treatment that cleanses your pores, exfoliates dead skin cells, and treats common skin issues with a custom mask. A facial rejuvenates and nourishes your face, and makes your skin look healthier and younger.
Can a Facial Help with Adult Acne?
If your acne is related to trapped dirt, oil, and dead skin, a facial may be the successful treatment you’ll need to stop or minimize breakouts. If you have blackheads, whiteheads or other pore-clogging issues, during a facial treatment, the esthetician does extractions by hand. The esthetician removes pore blockages and/or comedones (blocked or clogged hair follicles).
What Happens When You Receive a Facial for Acne Treatment?
The esthetician starts the process by doing a thorough cleanse of your skin. Depending on your skin type, he or she may use masks, steam, and facial massage during the facial. The esthetician uses products that will help cut down on surface oil, exfoliate away dead skin cells, and to hydrate or soothe your skin.
Your esthetician may also recommend the best products for you to use at home, such as cleansers and moisturizers that won’t worsen your acne. A facial usually also includes a massage of the face that may be used to facilitate lymphatic drainage.
If facials are to be incorporated into your skin care routine, it’s important to remember you’ll get the best results if you have facials done regularly. Make sure to tell the esthetician about all topical creams and oral medications you’re taking to avoid unwanted reactions.
What Are Some Other Treatments for Adult Acne If a Facial Isn’t Your Best Option?
Facials are meant to detoxify your skin, so you may experience more breakouts. If facials aren’t right for your adult acne problem, or you want to add another treatment to your acne-fighting arsenal, the following treatments may yield better results:
- Microdermabrasion works by removing the outermost layer of skin, allowing your skin to breathe and function properly.
- Glycolic peel is a mild chemical peel that exfoliates and treats enlarged clogged pores, oily skin, and acne prone skin. An additional benefit is that the exfoliation may also improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
- Acne medications can help if your acne is widespread, inflamed, or deep. Antibacterials and anti-inflammatories like salicylic and lactic acids, benzoyl peroxide, and zinc help to reduce acne-causing bacteria.
Adults with acne conditions who want to find out more information about successful acne-fighting treatments are welcome to contact The Rendon Center in Boca Raton. Our dedicated team of dermatological professionals are ready to work with you. Call (561) 750-0544 or fill out the form on this page to schedule an initial consultation and evaluation and get on the road to achieving healthier, clearer and more beautiful skin.