Chancellor's Check-Up: Adult Acne - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/5/03

Chancellor's Check-Up: Adult Acne

Most of us think of acne as one of the trials of being a teenager until you get that bump from out of nowhere that sits on your face like a flashlight. Acne is not something just for kids, instead, many adults could benefit by taking their grown up acne to a dermatologist for help.

Adults now account for one of the largest groups of people dermatologists treat for acne. Dr. Jennifer Smith, a dermatologist at Texas Tech Medical Center, says the number of adults complaining of acne is increasing.

Dr. Smith says that most commonly they see adult acne in women in their 20's through 40's that are noticing it's getting worse.There are many options available for treatment of adult acne.

She adds that the first thing that a woman needs to do is take good care of her skin, use gentle soaps, gentle, light moisturizer with sunscreen in it. The next best thing is to use a Retin-A type product and that will do two things:

  1. As you're getting older, it helps with wrinkles, it helps with brown spots and the general texture of your skin.
  2. It's increasing the turnover of your skin so that the acne bumps that are starting will then get better.

With more products on the market today, many women may try using too many on their face at once, which may cause acne or make existing acne worse. Another cause of adult acne is stress in our daily lives.

If you suffer from adult acne, you are not alone. It may be wise to see your dermatologist. Most people have heard of Accutane which is prescribed for very severe acne, but Dr. Smith says dermatologists can offer many prescription options today to control the different types of skin trouble.

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