If you’re an adult who suffers from acne you’ve probably ventured into your local drug store and picked up an over the counter product that’s meant to treat acne . . . in teenagers. While there’s not a huge difference between adult and teenage acne, there is a difference between adult and teenage skin.
Teenage skin is oilier and requires a product that combats oil as well as treats acne. Adults have drier skin, so an acne treatment meant for a teenager can be too harsh. As a result, these treatments can dry out the skin further, causing it to be irritated and inflamed.
As an adult, you’ll want to look for gentle cleaners. Try to avoid gels, as well as products containing granules and beads as they tend to be harsher. When shopping for moisturizers, try products that include retinol, which helps clean pores and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Ingredients you should look for are salicylic acid and glycolic acid. They prevent discoloration and reduce the appearance of acne scars.
If you’re an adult who suffers from the occasional pimple, try a spot treatment product that contains sulfur or salicylic acid. Those ingredients will heal blemishes quickly and clear active breakouts.
On the other hand if you have severe acne and haven’t found success in any over-the-counter products, you might want to see a doctor who can prescribe you an antibiotic like clindamycin, which helps fight bacteria in the skin.
For those who can afford it, chemical peels might be an option. Chemical peels are rather risky, and your skin should be treated very carefully after receiving one, you can experience excessively dry skin and permanent scars if the chemicals aren’t applied correctly. Some people wind up with infected skin because the peel exposes a new layer of skin, which is why the patient is encouraged to take antibiotics following the procedure. If you are considering a chemical peel, be prepared to take a week to heal. Chemical peels are often very effective at addressing existing acne, as well as any scarring.
No matter what treatment you choose, remember that adult skin is not the same as teenage skin. Be wary of the products you choose and be sure to visit your dermatologist if you are having trouble finding the best treatment for your needs.