Some adults continue to get acne well into their 30s, 40s, and even 50s. It is even possible to get acne for the first time as an adult. Dermatologists call this “adult-onset acne.” 

It is most common among women going through menopause. Women tend to get adult acne more often than men do.

We can help you with assessment of your skin acne problems and its possible treatment.

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Acne treatment

Here are some common acne treatment options that Dr. Sadeq Mohammed Ali may recommend:

1. Topical Treatments

Benzoyl Peroxide:
This over-the-counter medication helps to kill bacteria on the skin, reduce inflammation, and unclog pores.
Topical Antibiotics:
These are applied directly to the skin to kill acnecausing bacteria and reduce inflammation.
Topical Retinoids:
Retinoids help unclog pores, reduce inflammation, and promote skin cell turnover. They are available in both prescription and overthecounter forms.
Topical Salicylic Acid:
This betahydroxy acid helps exfoliate the skin and unclog pores.

2. Oral Medications

Oral Antibiotics:
For moderate to severe acne, oral antibiotics may be prescribed to reduce inflammation and kill bacteria.
Oral Contraceptives:
Hormonal acne in females can often be improved with birth control pills, which help regulate hormones.
Isotretinoin (Accutane):
This powerful medication is reserved for severe, cystic acne and requires careful monitoring due to potential side effects.

3. Procedures

Chemical Peels:
A chemical solution is applied to the skin, causing it to peel and unclog pores.
This procedure involves exfoliating the top layer of skin to remove dead skin cells and unclog pores.
Laser or Light Therapy:
These treatments can kill acnecausing bacteria and reduce inflammation.

4. Lifestyle Modifications

Some individuals find that certain foods may trigger or worsen acne. Maintaining a balanced diet and staying hydrated can help.
Skincare Routine:
Establishing a gentle skincare routine with noncomedogenic products can prevent further breakouts.
Stress Management:
High stress levels can exacerbate acne. Practicing stressreduction techniques, such as mindfulness or yoga, may help.

5. Extraction

In some cases, a dermatologist may manually remove large cysts or comedones (whiteheads or blackheads) using specialized tools.

6. Intralesional Corticosteroid Injection

For painful, inflamed acne lesions, a dermatologist may inject corticosteroids to reduce inflammation and speed up healing.

7. Complementary Therapies

Some individuals explore complementary treatments like herbal remedies or acupuncture, but their effectiveness varies, and they should be discussed with a healthcare provider.
It’s essential to consult with a dermatologist or healthcare provider like Dr. Sadeq Mohammed Ali to determine the most appropriate acne treatment plan tailored to your specific type and severity of acne. Treatment success often depends on consistent use of prescribed medications and following a personalized skincare routine. Additionally, it may take time to see improvements, so patience is key during the treatment process.