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I’m an Adult. Why do I Still Have Acne?

young girl with acne problematic skinAcne is something to be expected during adolescence. And, for many people, it diminishes quickly as hormones regulate and skin care routines improve. So why is it that, well into their 40s and 50s, some people continue to experience this issue?

The truth is, the things that cause acne during adolescence are the exact same things that cause it in adulthood: excess oil, bacteria on the skin, and hormone fluctuations. Family history plays a role, as can pregnancy, and some evidence suggests diet and lifestyle choices, such as tobacco use, can also increase risks for adult acne.

Great! Now you know what might be behind your adult acne. Are you ready to learn how to get rid of it?

Treating Adult Acne

You can take simple steps at home to reduce your risks of adult acne. These include choosing non-comedogenic cosmetics and skincare products, washing your face regularly with a quality cleanser, and adopting a healthier lifestyle (like not smoking, for example). Of course, keeping your skin moisturized and protected against the elements can also help. But even these efforts may prove insufficient for fully addressing adult acne.

Maybe just wait, then? It has to go away eventually, right?

Sure. Maybe. But not necessarily.

Many adults with acne have exhausted their over-the-counter options. In these cases, some prescription gels and ointments may be more effective than their OTC counterparts in treating the issue. Certain oral medications may also help, but are simply not ideal for every need. Clinical dermatology, then, will likely offer the best solution.

At our office, we offer several treatments that can improve the appearance of your skin and treat active acne and it’s after effects. These include laser treatments, chemical peels, facials, and microdermabrasion, along with professional skincare products that can enhance and extend the results of in-office treatment. The best way to learn which of these will correct your specific concerns is through a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Fitzgerald or one of our skin specialists at our comfortable Los Angeles office.

Take Control Today

You’ve lived with acne long enough. Even if you think you’ve tried everything, there are safe and effective solutions for your exact concerns. Give us a call at 323-464-8046 today to schedule a visit and let us help you find those solutions that will give you the beautifully clear skin you deserve.