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Attractive young woman applying make up to her faceAdult acne affects about 20% of men and 30% of women between the ages of 20 and 60.  Sebum, an oily substance produced in the skin, causes acne breakouts. When sebum clogs pores, it allows bacteria to cause inflammation. Some adult acne is the result of medication consumption, though a hormone imbalance may also be the trigger. Whatever the cause, acne can be treated with the help of skincare products and professional advice. Here is some information on how to manage and treat adult acne:

Consider Your Options

No two individuals have the same skin; therefore, it is important to search until you find a treatment that is best for your skin type. Adult skin is generally less oily than teen skin, which makes many medications geared toward teens a poor choice for adults. Find a cleanser that is gentle on your skin, such as CeraVe or Cetaphil. Avoid products containing beads, as these can irritate sensitive skin.

Visit a Dermatologist

You don’t have to be alone in exploring your skincare options – a dermatologist can help. A dermatologist can identify your skin type and provide treatments that will work for you. There are multiple options available ranging from over the counter topicals to aggressive, systematic therapy. The key is to learn what will benefit you the most while minimizing side effects.

Develop a Regimen

It is important to establish a skincare routine. Keep your face clean by washing with the prescribed cleanser twice a day. Avoid washing your face for longer than two minutes, and use warm water. Use your hands instead of a washcloth to avoid irritation.

Swinyer – Woseth Dermatology of Salt Lake City offers a variety of medical, cosmetic, and surgical skin care services. We provide acne treatments, as well as Botox, laser hair removal, chemical peels, and several skincare products. Please call us at 801-266-8841 to learn how we can serve you.

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