Help! I Have Adult Acne

Acne is often associated with hormonal teenagers in the throes of puberty. Sadly, though, it also affects a whopping 40-55% of adults. If you’re one of them and you’re struggling with outbreaks of acne, you may feel embarrassed or self-conscious about your skin problems. 

If you’ve tried nearly everything to clear your complexion, but still have persistent adult acne, turn to our team at  Starkey Medical Esthetics in Salem, Virginia. Our master esthetician, Michele Meinhart, FNP, provides a variety of highly effective treatments to dry out and eradicate your acne once and for all. 

Let’s look closer at what causes acne, what the symptoms are, and discover which treatment might be best for you.

Causes of acne

Typically, acne develops when your pores clog with your skin’s natural oils and dead skin cells. You can also get it when your hormones fluctuate during pregnancy or menstruation, or if you’re taking a medication that causes it. Diet also influences acne outbreaks; dairy and processed foods are common culprits.

Symptoms of acne

Acne is not hard to identify. Some of the telltale signs include:

Most people get acne on their face, back, shoulders, chest, or upper arms. 

Treatments for acne

Depending on the severity of your condition, our team may recommend one of the following remedies:

Chemical peels

We offer several specific types of chemical peels to address the exact type of acne you have and where it is on your body. Peels expedite cell turnover and exfoliate your skin to free up the clogged pores. If you have scars from previous bouts with acne, a chemical peel is a great way to minimize and reduce them. 

Facial

Acne facials involve steam to soften your pores, an exfoliation procedure, an extraction process, the application of a cleansing mask, and a cleansing astringent. Facials reduce inflammation and redness and help mitigate acne outbreaks. 

Intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy

IPL is a revolutionary cosmetic therapy that relies on light technology to deliver a series of light bursts directly into the affected areas of your skin. The result is a smoother, clearer appearance in a matter of days following the therapy. 

Microdermabrasion

During a microdermabrasion session, your skincare clinician expertly exfoliates your upper layer of dead skin with vacuum pressure. The process is often used to help decrease acne outbreaks and lessen the appearance of existing pimples, pustules, whiteheads, and blackheads.

To resolve your problem with adult acne, call our office in Salem, Virginia, or book an appointment online at your convenience.

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