How Can I Get Rid of Constant Adult Acne?

Since I turned 18 or 19 (Im now 21) I have had really bad acne around my chin and cheeks. I get a little on other parts of my face but they don't last long. I wash with natural face soaps (salicylic acid does nothing for me) using a Clarisonic. I apply BP 5%-10% around once, maybe twice a day. I do not touch my face, I wash my pillows regularly, but nothing gets rid of it, only makes it "better". Oh i am female.

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Get Rid of Adult Acne With The Right Treatment

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Since I turned 18 or 19 (Im now 21) I have had really bad acne around my chin and cheeks. I get a little on other parts of my face but they don't last long. I wash with natural face soaps (salicylic acid does nothing for me) using a Clarisonic. I apply BP 5%-10% around once, maybe twice a day. I do not touch my face, I wash my pillows regularly, but nothing gets rid of it, only makes it "better". Oh i am female.


Adult acne is usually the result of hormonal cycles. Hormones like androgen will cause the oil producing glands in your skin to get bigger.


Effective treatments should address deeper elements in the skin’s anatomy like the sebaceous glands.


Lasers like the Spectra system for example, burn away the outer layer of the sebaceous glands. As a result, they secrete less oil. And lasers are much safer compared to oral medications for acne. Drugs can be very toxic when they affect other parts of your body.
Here is a video of a patient in Los Angeles who received treatment for acne and acne scars using laser systems:

 


Redondo Beach Dermatologic Surgeon
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Getting rid of constant adult acne

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Sounds like topical therapy for your acne may not be enough alone. I would speak with your dermatologist about the best in topical acne therapy, and to consider oral therapy such as an antibiotic, oral contraceptive, and/or isotretinoin depending on your particular situation. Treatments like chemical peels, microdermabrasion, laser etc., may also be of adjunctive benefit. Dr. Benjamin Barankin, Toronto Dermatology Centre.

Benjamin Barankin, MD
Toronto Dermatologic Surgeon
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