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How to Treat Your Adult Acne at Home

treat adult acne at home

Did you know that there’s a difference between adult acne and adolescent acne? Acne in your teenage years is most often seen in the T-zone and is brought on by monthly hormone changes. Adult acne, on the other hand, can be brought on by run-of-the-mill sebum (oil produced by the skin’s glands), pregnancy, menopause and medications. You may be wondering how to treat adult acne at home. Here are a few ways.

  1. Stay away from extra-drying acne treatments meant for teenagers

Generally speaking, our skin gets drier as we age. Therefore, the ultra drying acne washes and astringents that might have worked for you in your teens could dry out and irritate your skin once you get older. The same goes for exfoliating washes. Our recommendation: use a gentle cleanser like those in the Image skincare line carried here at our office.

  1. Salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide are your friends

Each of these ingredients serves a purpose in treating adult acne. Combined, they’re the skincare team that will help you achieve healthy, clear skin. According to Philadelphia dermatologist, Dr. Ringpfeil “Salicylic acid will help unclog your pores while benzoyl peroxide treats breakouts.” Our recommendation: use both together for the best results and don’t forget to moisturize generously to keep skin from becoming flaky from the ingredients.

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  1. Wash your face twice a day to treat adult acne at home

Whether you wear makeup or not, your face will need to be cleansed both day and night. Skin oils can build up on your pillow (which should be washed at least once a week) and clog your pores. During the day, whether you wear makeup or not, your face comes into contact with many things that can result in breakouts including oil from your hands and environmental factors. Our recommendation: get in the habit of cleansing and moisturizing twice a day and before you know it, your skin will be youthful and healthy.

Sometimes, even the best skincare routine won’t treat adult acne. At our Phoenix dermatology office, we have multiple ways to help you get the skin you want.

If you’d like to explore your options to treat adult acne, give our office a call at 602-944-4626.