Acne treatment for all ages
Pimples, bumps, breakouts, blemishes, however you describe it, acne is one of the most common conditions we treat in a dermatology office. Genetics, bacteria, inflammation, skin type, hormones, and diet can all play a part in causing acne.
Patients typically experience acne in their teenage years. This is due to increased testosterone, increased inflammation in sweat glands, and the effects of bacteria. Many treatments for acne focus on different aspects of the underlying process. Various creams, washes, and pill treatments can help reduce the pimples, whiteheads, and blackheads associated with acne. After the active acne has resolved, chemical peels and microneedling can help reduce discoloration and scarring.
It’s not just for kids; adult acne is prevalent and very treatable. Hormones and genetics are the leading causes of adult acne, and several treatments are available. Often, adult acne patients are women with persistent red bumps on the chin and jawline that are usually painful. These are due to fluctuations in male and female hormone levels and can be treated with androgen-blocking medications such as spironolactone and Winlevi. Men with adult acne typically have large inflammatory lesions on the back, neck, scalp, and face that persist for months or years. These can be treated with anti-inflammatory medications.
There are dozens of treatment options for all patient types, and acne often needs a combination of treatments to succeed. Though it is expected, each patient is different and responds to treatments differently. A healthcare provider can help determine the best options for each patient.
Written by Charles Glass, PA