Integrated Dermatology Group of Reston

Acne Reston

It’s not uncommon for some women to go through adolescence with clear skin, only to experience adult acne in their 20’s and 30’s. In fact, reports suggest that adult acne affects 51% of American women in their 20s and 35% in their 30s.

Fortunately, with the guidance of an experienced board-certified dermatologist, there are a number of different ways to approach adult-onset acne. Continue reading to learn more about alternative treatment options for adult acne.

4 Alternative Treatment Options for Adult Acne

1. Counteract Hormonal Imbalances with the Pill

Often times, acne is the result of hormonal imbalances, specifically elevated testosterone levels. When it comes to these types of breakouts, which commonly appear along the jawline, the pill is one of the most common alternative treatment options for adult acne.

The pill helps limit flare-ups by increasing estrogen levels. Additionally, spironolactone is another oral medication that blunts the effects of testosterone to aid in the treatment of adult acne.

2. Inquire About a Low-Dose Antibiotic

A low-dose antibiotic, such as doxycycline, provides anti-inflammatory benefits and prevents breakouts. Patients can be rest assured that the decreased dose helps limit the chance of developing antibiotic resistance.

3. Make Some Dietary Changes

Oil production is usually at the root of adult acne. Accordingly, diet modification can be one of the best alternative treatment options for adult acne.

In fact, many patients find that decreasing their intake of refined carbohydrates, which can increase insulin levels and oil production, often keep breakouts at bay. In order to makes these dietary changes, it is recommended that you closely monitor your consumption of bread, processed cereals, and sugar.

4. Schedule a Chemical Peel

In addition to these other approaches, an in-office chemical peel with glycolic or salicylic acid can also be an effective way to manage acne as an adult. Medical-grade glycolic acid solutions break-down the bonds between dead skin cells and bacteria, while salicylic acid has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.

Learn More About Alternative Treatment Options for Adult Acne

If you would like additional information about alternative treatment options for adult acne, please contact our office today to schedule a comprehensive consultation with board-certified dermatologist Dr. Morgana Colombo.