Did you know that acne is the most common skin disorder in the U.S., affecting approximately 40 to 50 million Americans? According to the American Academy of Dermatology, acne is not restricted to any age group and in fact, adults in their 20s, 30s, 40s, and 50s can develop acne.
Teens with excessively oily skin often develop blemishes in the T-zone and over the entire face. Adult acne, however, tends to appear on the chin, jaw, neck, back, and shoulders because of stress and hormonal fluctuations and can flare up on either combination or oily skin. Adult acne also differs from teenage acne in that it can be more persistent and susceptible to scarring, as aging skin loses its ability to easily repair and regenerate, and is also more prevalent in women, while teenage breakouts seem to be equally common in girls and boys.
Seeing a dermatologist in conjunction with a professional esthetician will insure a proper treatment regimen that will be most effective and beneficial for your skin. A few important things to remember between appointments..
- Wash face twice a day and after sweating.
- Use fingertips to apply a gentle, non-abrasive cleanser. Do not use a washcloth, mesh sponge, or products such as astringents, toners, and exfoliants that can irritate the skin.
- Let skin heal naturally. Do not pick, pop, or squeeze blemishes as it will take skin longer to clear and will increase their risk of scarring.
Check in with your local day spa and make an appointment with an esthetician to have a skin analysis to insure the best possible facial treatment for your skin.