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How to Treat Adult Acne

Acne is largely seen as a problem for hormonal teenagers – not adults.  So why is it that every time you look in the mirror, there’s a new breakout marring your complexion?

Adult acne is a very real and common problem; in fact, it’s estimated that 40 to 50 percent of American adults suffer from some form of adult acne.  Many dermatologists have noted that their most common clients are women in their twenties who are suffering from a resurgence of stubborn acne.
Adult acne can happen for a number of reasons; it can be genetic, it can be hormonal, or it could be a result of leading a fast-paced, stressful lifestyle.  Regardless, you can’t treat adult acne with your typical over-the-counter products meant for teenagers.  Instead, you need advanced treatments that get to the route of your adult acne!

  • Stop over-cleansing: When you get a breakout, your first instinct is to start cleansing, right? Actually, over-cleansing may be stripping your skin of essential oils, which causes your skin to go into overdrive to produce pore-clogging oils.  Use a gentle oil-based cleanser at night (trust us, oil is great for acne-prone skin!).


  • Use the right products: Stop buying your acne products off the shelf of your local grocery store. Adult skin requires a little more, which is why it’s time to start investing in better products. A top acne-busting treatment is the SkinCeuticals Clarifying Clay mask, which draws out impurities from the pores while calming the appearance of hormonal acne breakouts.



  • Get tested: If you suffer from breakouts along your chin and jawline, chances are that your acne is related to hormones. Make an appointment with your doctor to ensure that your hormonal levels are normal.  There are a number of treatments that can help balance hormonal levels, which can reduce the number of breakouts you’re experiencing.

Don’t let adult acne run your life. To finally get the clear skin you’ve always wanted, schedule a consultation at Gallaher Plastic Surgery & Spa MD in Powell, TN, serving the Knoxville metro area.