Acne is, unfortunately, not just a teenage problem. It is very common for both women and men to experience acne (sometimes for the first time!) in their late 20’s and 30’s. Lauren Sundick PA-C, an acne expert in Minnesota at Tareen Dermatology, reviews new acne treatments for adult acne:
- Chemical peels: In-office chemical peels can speed up improvement of adult acne. Salicylic acid chemical peels help to clean out clogged pores, which would otherwise attract acne-causing p. acnes bacteria and lead to the development of acne. Additionally, a short series of chemical peels can improve the appearance of post-acne red marks and post-acne dark spots on the skin.
- Anti-androgen medications: For some women, the androgenic influence on their skin (from male hormones) causes increased sebaceous gland activity. The result is excess oil production on the skin, which can clog the skin’s follicles and lead to the development of acne. Medications such as spironolactone and oral contraceptive pills can decrease the androgenic influence on the skin and stop these hormonal breakouts.
- New creams for acne: Topical prescription acne medications do not have to cause dryness or irritation to the skin! Newer formulations of prescription acne creams have excellent technology, to ensure that the medication is absorbed into your pores, without causing irritation to the skin. Even retinoids, traditionally very irritating medications, have now been reformulated to prevent excessive dryness – this is especially important during our dry winter months!
- Clarisonic brush: The Clarisonic brush is an oscillating cleansing brush, which can be used to clean out your pores and get rid of dead skin cells on the face and body. Studies performed by Clarisonic showed that the brush removes makeup and debris from the skin up to six times more effectively than traditional face washing! Our adult patients love the smooth, vibrant look that the Clarisonic gives their skin after regular use. Tareen Dermatology is proud to carry both the Clarisonic Pro and Clarisonic Mia for our patients.