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Acne is bad enough when you’re a teenager but it can be particularly frustrating as an adult. The skincare products and acne solutions you once used may no longer work or they may even make your acne worse, which is why it’s necessary to take a different approach to acne as an adult.

Adult Acne – The Why

Some adults experience acne in their 30s, 40s and sometimes well into their 50s, in fact, some people only experience acne for the first time as an adult. Women are more prone to developing adult acne than men because of the hormonal fluctuations they experience throughout their lives, particularly during times such as pregnancy and menopause. However, this is not the only reason why adult acne occurs.

– Stress. A number of researchers have found a link between stress and acne breakouts in adults. When the body experiences high levels of stress on an ongoing basis, it produces more androgens, a type of hormone that stimulates both the hair follicles and oil glands, causing acne to flare up.

– Family History. If you have a blood relative who suffers from acne, it could suggest that you have a genetic predisposition for it.

– New Hair & Skin Products. If you’ve had problems with acne in the past, it’s best to read the labels of any new hair and skin products before you start using them. Look for labels that mention the terms ‘oil-free’, ‘non-comedogenic’ or ‘non-acnegenic’.

– Medication. Acne can also be a side of effect of several medications. If your skin has changed ever since you’ve started taking a new medication, it might be wise to speak to your doctor about alternatives. If taking a different type of medication is not an option, there are other cosmetic solutions.

– Underlying Medical Conditions. Lastly, acne can also be a sign of an underlying medical condition, which will need to be treated before the acne will clear up.

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Acne Treatment Options

While having a good skincare regime is essential for keeping oil, dirt and dead skin cells at bay, acne often requires additional treatments in order for it to subside. Here are your options.

– Microdermabrasion
Microdermabrasion treatments are designed to remove dead skin cells and stimulate the regeneration process. When your skin is able to get rid of impurities, it becomes easier for acne to subside. Even your cosmeceutical home skincare regime will have a more significant effect after a microdermabrasion treatment. Microdermabrasion is an intense cleaning and exfoliating treatment that helps bring your skin back to life.
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– Chemical Peels
Chemical peels are a safe way to remove dead skin cells and regenerate different layers of the skin to reveal a more radiant and healthy appearance. Chemical peels only take about 15 minutes and patients can expect a slight tingling feeling as the ingredients start taking effect. The type of peel that is used on your skin will depend on what you want to achieve. Chemical peels can be used on active acne and to reduce the appearance of acne scars.
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– Laser Genesis
If acne scarring is one of your main concerns, Laser Genesis treatments could be the solution you’ve been searching for. The Laser Genesis device is designed to encourage healthy cellular activity and rejuvenate the skin on both the face and the neck without the need for downtime. The Laser Genesis device delivers high-power microsecond pulses at high repetition to treat both the papillary and reticular dermis. Patients can expect to feel a warm sensation as the device moves across their skin but won’t experience any discomfort. Several treatments may be required to achieve your desired result.
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– LED Light Therapy
LED light therapy treatments are very versatile and are ideal for adults suffering from acne. During your treatment, specific wavelengths of light will be used to activate the body’s natural healing processes. The amber light is used for skin rejuvenation and healing, while the red light can be used as photodynamic therapy to target active acne. Patients are able to return to work immediately after their appointment and can expect to see results several weeks after their initial treatment.
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– Cosmeceutical Home Skincare
When you start experiencing acne as an adult, a new skincare regime may be required in order to cater to this change. Using products from the Ultraceuticals range, MUSE Clinic can help you design a skincare plan that will reduce the appearance of acne and minimise scarring. Ultraceuticals is an Australian owned and made, cruelty-free skincare brand that produces scientifically-backed products that are free from dyes, fragrances and harsh chemicals.
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To find out more about how MUSE Clinic can help you treat adult acne, schedule a consultation today.

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