Acne as a Teen? How to Repair Adult Skin

Woman having facial treatment by dermatologist Acne as a Teen? How to Repair Adult Skin

Acne is incredibly common for teenagers, but if you still suffer from acne or its scarring into your adulthood, it’s time to get some help. Learn how to repair your skin now and make your acne a thing of the past.

What to Know About Treating Acne

Treating Adult Acne

Acne can be persistent for some. While others seemingly grow out of it, you’re in your twenties or thirties still concealing pimples and blackheads. Don’t be too hard on yourself; there are many reasons why acne sticks around after puberty has long since ended. Adult acne is a major problem in the United States, and there are many different treatment options out there that can address your unique skin problems. You may be able to treat or reduce mild adult acne using over-the-counter cleansers, cosmetic products, and changing some habits. Establishing a good skincare routine can be a step in the right direction toward easing the appearance of adult acne. Find a good cleanser, moisturizer, and daily sunscreen for your face. One of the trickiest parts of dealing with acne during your beauty routine is not over-cleansing oily skin, as you can cause dryness. Dry skin has its own host of issues, and you’re not better off with one instead of the other. Find a light moisturizer. Even the oiliest skin will benefit from using a moisturizer, but you don’t want to add to your pores’ problems. Some foods in your diet may be triggering acne breakouts. Cow’s milk is strongly associated with acne, though the exact explanation isn’t really clear. Sugar and carbohydrates can also cause your skin to produce even more oil, making acne flare ups worse.

One of the most powerful medicinal treatments out there for acne is a drug called isotretinoin, though you may know it as Accutane. If over-the-counter and habitual changes don’t fix adult acne, this medication can make a major difference. Accutane works by reducing the amount of oil that your skin produces, and it can help reduce inflammation, redness, and other symptoms associated with moderate to severe acne. Since Accutane is a strong medication, your dermatologist will work to find the correct dosage that will help reduce oil without causing side effects. There are other treatments out there for adult acne, but the first and best line of defense for stubborn acne is Accutane.

Repairing Acne Scars

Even if your acne did stop when your hormones returned to normalcy, you may have developed acne scars as a teen. Acne scars form when moderate or severe acne or cystic acne frequently damages the skin and scars develop. Acne scars can look like typical scars, but they also often look more like indentations in the skin than scar tissue. Acne scars don’t just happen with severe acne. Inflammatory acne, which is acne that is accompanied by redness and swelling at the site, is more common for the development scars. Picking at and popping pimples also makes scarring more likely.

Fixing acne scarring is not a simple task. Acne scars can be relatively deep pits in your skin, and filling that back in can be challenging. Laser therapies offer a promising solution to acne scars. By damaging the skin with superheated, super-focused light, laser therapy targets scars and promotes the development of new, healthier skin. This process can help smooth out acne scars, but it’s not always that effective against the very deep icepick scars. The technology is always improving, however, and the Lumenis M22 Laser is one such improvement. This treatment damages your skin like traditional laser therapy, but it is better at promoting the development of collagen deep in the skin, which can help fill in scars.


Regardless of how your acne or its effects persist into adulthood, your dermatologist can help. Get the treatment or advice that you need for countering adult acne and scarring from the experts at Northeast Dermatology Associates.

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