It’s a bit of a shocker how common adult acne is, affecting half of all adult women at some time in their adult lives. Indeed, 50 percent of women ages 20 to 29, and more than 20 percent of women ages 40 to 49, reported experiencing the annoying, sometimes even embarrassing problem, in one self-reported University of Alabama survey. While the dark blemishes can dampen spirits and shake confidence, you’re not alone. What’s more, you are not powerless against this condition. For starters, take action with these three steps Dr. Linda Stein Gold, who heads dermatology at Michigan-based Henry Ford Health System and also directs clinical research there, recommends to her patients to kick acne to the curb.
Identify The Problem
Is it acne, or, is it rosacea? It could potentially be either. Before taking steps to self-treat, ensure that the bumps and redness are what you think they are. For starters, acne causes dark pore blockages commonly known as blackheads. Rosacea makes itself known on your face with surface redness or red spots. You may also experience eye irritation or bloodshot eyes with rosacea. See a dermatologist to ensure a proper diagnosis.
See A Derm
Before roaming the drugstore aisle or shopping online in an attempt to treat the frustration, possibly making the condition worse by irritating it, it is important to visit a doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment. In addition to potentially treating the wrong condition (which could potentially cause further skin damage), a dermatologist or family doctor can evaluate your skin type and prescribe a simple treatment regimen that’s right for you, and also conduct a thorough check of moles, freckles and age spots – important for women of all ages!
Seek Key Ingredient: Retinoid
Prescription acne treatments containing retinoids, which work by unplugging clogged pores, have long been the gold standard in acne care. Unlike the over-the-counter ingredient retinol, prescription strength retinoids are stronger and have been proven effective in clinical studies. Topical prescription retinoids, including Differin Gel, Epiduo Gel, Retin-A, and Tazorac have been shown to treat blemishes that are present and prevent the formation of new ones. If you are experiencing adult acne, ask your dermatologist or physician if any of these medications may be suitable for you. Always discuss with your dermatologist, physician or pharmacist any possible side effects and drug interactions that could occur before starting a new prescription drug.
Have You experienced adult acne in your adult life? How did you handle it?