Acne is an inflammation of the oil glands of the face, head, neck, chest and back. It causes clogged pores (”Blackheads and whiteheads”), pimples and sometimes nodules under the skin. Acne is most common in adolescents, but can occur in men and women in their 20’s or 30’s or even older. It is usually more severe in males than females. It often clears after several years, but is cosmetically concerning for many and can be disfiguring. There are several different treatments for acne, depending on the type and severity. These include face washes, creams and sometimes oral medications. Your dermatologist can determine which treatments are best for you.

Adult Acne

Acne is not a condition that is found solely in adolescents. Adult acne is a very common condition, especially in females. Adult acne often starts between the ages of 20 and 30, or can start in the teenage years and continue into adulthood. Adult acne tends to be characterized more by small red bumps and cysts than clogged pores. It is usually located on the lower cheeks and around the jawline. Many women notice a flare of adult acne around the time of menstrual periods. It is felt that hormonal surges play a part in adult acne outbreaks in women. There are several different treatments for adult acne, and each treatment regimen is chosen according to the individual. In addition to washes, creams, oral contraceptives and other oral medications, there is also a newer form of therapy for adult acne, called photodynamic therapy.

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