Although acne is often associated with teenagers, the truth is that it’s quite common for acne to persist into someone’s adult years. Additionally, the acne that often pop up for people experiencing adult acne can be far more aggravating, painful, and more difficult to treat than a simple blackhead. Thankfully, relief from adult acne is attainable. The skincare experts at AYA™ Medical Spa understand that every person’s skin is different and there is no one-size-fits-all solution for acne. That’s why we offer a variety of different acne treatments and skincare products designed to help all skin tones and types. With this in mind, we wanted to answer a few common questions about them below:
What causes acne to occur in adults? Is there anything I can do at home to try to improve my complexion?
Looking for Answers
Dear Looking for Answers,
Adult acne can either be caused by fluctuations in your hormone levels (hormonal acne) or by external factors (bacterial acne). You must first determine the cause of your acne in order to find the best treatment for it. Generally speaking, it’s important to wash your skin daily with an exfoliating cleanser to help clear dead skin cells and other potential irritants from your face. We also recommend staying hydrated, avoiding touching your face, and trying to limit makeup when you can.
What cosmetic treatment would you recommend for someone who has not had luck treating their acne scars with cleansers and moisturizers?
Willing to Try Anything
Dear Willing to Try Anything,
For people who experience considerable acne or acne scarring, a chemical peel at AYA™ can often be an outstanding solution. Chemical peels provide a strong form of chemical exfoliation. Although the strength of different chemical peels can vary, any peel will be able to penetrate the skin and exfoliate deeper than an exfoliating cleanser or moisturizer would be able to. We often recommend the Vitalize Peel® for patients who seek to gently improve the complexion and skin texture. Additionally, cosmetic laser treatments, microdermabrasion, and more can also help treat persistent acne in adults.
Are there specific ingredients that may be able to help reduce my acne? What should I look out for when selecting my skincare products?
Help Me Out Here
Dear Help Me Out Here,
There are definitely certain ingredients that can be very beneficial for anyone trying to help reduce the appearance of acne. Depending on what type of acne you have, products that contain alpha-hydroxy acids or retinol can really help. Topical retinoids like tretinoin can also help smooth fine lines and wrinkles, while also exfoliating the dead skin cells that cause clogged pores and lead to acne.
Living with acne can be frustrating, but it is not hopeless. Hopefully these tips can help anyone dealing with acne improve their skin and reveal the very best version of their self. If you have any skincare questions of your own, please don’t hesitate to contact AYA™ Medical Spa today or come in to any of our locations for a complimentary skincare analysis appointment. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for additional skincare tips, photos, news, and more.