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Tailored Treatments for Women With Adult Acne

Posted: March 13, 2013

Overview

Studies have shown that women are more likely than men to develop acne as an adult. Like many skin conditions, acne can have a significant impact on a person’s overall quality of life—affecting relationships, work performance and self-esteem. Fortunately, there are a number of proven therapies to control adult acne and many also provide some help with the early signs of aging that many adult women face.

AAD expert

Information provided by Joshua Zeichner, MD, FAAD, a board-certified dermatologist and director of cosmetic and clinical research, department of dermatology at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, NY.

Type of acne dictates treatment

Zeichner explained that an important first step to determine a patient’s specific type and severity of acne. Acne is generally classified as inflammatory, the most severe form of acne, also referred to as nodulocystic acne, when deep nodules are widespread, or non-inflammatory acne marked by blackheads and whiteheads. For each type of acne there are several therapies that can clear existing acne, reduce future breakouts and in some cases improve signs of aging.

Topical retinoids

Hormonal therapy

Laser therapy

Skin type also matters

Another factor that dermatologists consider when evaluating the best acne treatment regimen is skin type. By doing so, Zeichner explained personal skin care routines can work hand-in-hand with prescription acne medications to effectively treat acne.

Acne tips

AAD expert advice

“Today, women with acne have a number of good treatment options and it’s an added bonus that treatment can be tailored to address both acne and aging skin,” said Zeichner. “With acne, it is important to address the condition in the earliest stages to avoid long-lasting scars or dark spots that can result from acne lesions. If acne is not improving after about a month while using over-the-counter products, see a board-certified dermatologist.