NYC acne expert, Dr. Eric Schweiger, shares his 5 tips to fight adult acne:
Visit your dermatologist ASAP – do not waste time trying to determine the best OTC acne regimen for your skin. While you are playing around with different creams and spending loads of money at the drugstore, your acne may be causing permanent scarring. Visit the dermatologist as soon as your acne starts, in order to receive the proper treatment from the start, to clear your acne quickly.
Don’t be afraid of oral medications – treatment of adult acne sometimes requires oral antibiotics or oral anti-androgen medications. If these medications are recommended, it is because they are necessary and will likely be effective in the treatment of your adult acne. There are very few side effects associated with either type of medication, and your dermatologist will review the potential side effects with you prior to beginning the medication.
Consider laser therapy – laser and light-based treatments are very helpful in the treatment of adult acne, because they address acne more quickly than prescription medications. Treatments like the Isolaz and Photodynamic Therapy can produce improvement quickly and prevent the development of scarring.
At-home treatments are helpful – devices like the Clarisonic brush and the Tria at-home blue LED light can provide a significant boost to any acne regimen. Additionally, they help to restore the skin’s natural healthy glow and prevent future breakouts.
Don’t use your child’s medication – teenage acne is often approached differently than adult acne. It is important to receive the best treatment for your skin and your particular type of acne. Not all acne medications are the same and it is important to use the best medication for your skin type.
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