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Why Do I Still Get Acne and How Can I Get Rid of It?

Why Do I Still Get Acne and How Can I Get Rid of It?

Most often associated with the changes that take place when you’re a teen, acne is more often due to various hormone balances in your body, not necessarily your age. While it’s true that these hormonal conditions affect many during adolescence, there’s no age limit on the skin condition. Adult acne describes an outbreak that occurs after the age of 25. 

This later-stage acne can be just as frustrating as its teen version. If your skin doesn’t respond to a home care routine, visit Jennifer A. Baron M.D. in San Jose, California, for the extra care that a dermatologist can offer, including prescription strength anti-acne products and revisions to your self-care regimen. 

Types of acne

Acne is typically identified by the type of blemish that emerges during an outbreak. These include: 

Adult acne can be any of these types, and it’s possible to have more than one type or to have acne and perioral dermatitis simultaneously. 

Reasons behind your outbreaks

Fluctuating hormone levels are commonly behind acne outbreaks, no matter what age. Women tend to be more prone to adult acne, in part because of hormonal changes brought on by menstrual periods, hormonal birth control, pregnancy, and menopause. 

Stress may not cause acne outbreaks but it can make an outbreak worse, as can some skin and hair care products. Genetics can also play a role, as can medical conditions and some medications. In the pandemic age, mask wearing creates conditions that contribute to acne, sometimes called “mask-ne” by association. 

Getting rid of adult acne

A twice-daily self-care regimen is key to controlling acne, but beware of the dangers of over-scrubbing, which can make acne worse. Use your fingers to wash your face rather than a washcloth, and use products intended to treat acne. Dr. Baron has her own line of products designed for acne-prone skin. These are an excellent place to start if your current cleansers aren’t providing the results you want. 

For aggressive acne, single treatments often aren’t enough. Dermatologists typically recommend combination approaches that include both topical (on the skin) and systemic (taken orally) products and medications. 

When you recognize triggers for your outbreaks, avoiding them can reduce the struggle. Try different mask types. Look for words and phrases like non-comedogenic, oil-free, and won’t clog pores when selecting makeup products. Take measures to reduce the effects of stress on your life. 

Partnering with Jennifer A. Baron, M.D. gives you another edge in the fight against adult acne. Book your consultation online or by calling her office directly. Banish acne for good. Schedule an appointment today. 

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