Adult acne seems to come up out of nowhere; after escaping years of teenager acne, most adults don't anticipate breaking out in their 20's and 30's. Over-the-counter treatments, such as benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid, that seemed to help during the teenage years may no longer be enough to get rid of adult acne. Adults experiencing acne for the first time should make an appointment with a dermatologist to determine the best treatment for their adult acne.
Dr. Schweiger recommends that, "Adult patients use a combination of prescription medications and in-office treatments, such as Isolaz acne laser and Photodynamic Therapy. The Isolaz acne laser and Photodynamic Therapy help to clear acne quickly and with longterm results." The Isolaz acne laser works by using a gentle vacuum to clean debris from the pores, while a laser kills the p. acnes bacteria inside the pore. Photodynamic Therapy uses blue light to activate a medication called Levulan, which decreases excess sebum production and reduces p. acnes bacteria.
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