Although acne is more commonly associated with teens, many adults experience breakouts as well. The effect of acne for each, however, may differ. In this feature of Skin Health 101, we are going to look at the differences adults and teens experience with acne and the best methods of treatment.
First, let’s take a look at what causes acne. In teens, acne is caused by a hormonal spike which results in an overproduction sebum (an oily substance that is made up of triglycerides, free fatty acids, wax esters, squalene cholesterol esters, and cholesterol), which is released by the sebaceous glands. Common characteristics of teen acne include breakouts on the face, neck, and chest.
Adult acne is a different story. Adult acne is often caused by stress and hormonal fluctuations and commonly occurs along the jawline, mouth, and chin. In some cases, adult acne can be more persistence than teen acne.
Now that we understand more about these two types of acne, let’s look at different methods of treating it. It should be understood, acne is different in all patients; some methods used to treat acne or even the severity of the acne can vary by patient. Here are effective and non-invasive acne treatments we provide at Collins Advanced Dermatology Institute:
Acne Clearing Facial – Our Acne Clearing Facial is a 30-minute treatment designed to reduce breakouts, clogged pores, redness and general irritation. The treatment starts with exfoliation to remove the outermost dead skin cells preparing the skin for extractions. The most important part of this treatment is to clear existing clogged pores. Personalized serums, creams or prescriptions are used depending on the skin type to speed healing and reduce redness. All skin types will benefit from this procedure and treatments are safe. We also provide a Teen Acne Clearing Facial.
Sciton Blue Light Acne Treatment – The Sciton Blue Light Treatment is a non-invasive light therapy procedure that targets active acne. This treatment is safe even while using prescription medications. Its special light wavelengths provide an anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial effect to the skin. Immediately after the treatment, your skin will start to feel less irritated and red. Treatments can be performed 1-2 times a week. This works especially well for teenage and adult acne patients.
These two treatments are both on special this August. Book a consultation to see which of these treatments, or specialized skin care regimens are right for you or your teen by calling 512.379.6090.