Adult Acne Overview

Adult Acne and Wrinkles

People fighting wrinkles have an especially difficult time when they're also dealing with acne. Certain over-the-counter acne medications dry out the skin, whereas most wrinkle creams and lotions moisturize. Luckily, there are a number of products and techniques that have been found to help with both conditions in adults.

Topical retinoids, products of vitamin A that unclog pores, target the lesions underneath the skin. Although retinoids might irritate the skin, they also can reduce the appearance of wrinkles [source: AcneNet]. Acne-treating ingredients designed for adolescents -- such as salicylic acid -- are now being formulated for adults in products including light moisturizers and other anti-aging treatments.

Even though physical procedures such as chemical peels and dermabrasions haven't been proven to decrease acne, they still might have some benefit. They can help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles by stimulating new skin and collagen growth while eliminating the oils and dead skin cells that contribute to adult acne. Laser and light therapy can also improve skin texture and lessen the appearance of acne scars while treating a current outbreak.

However, one of the best ways to treat both acne and wrinkles is to use preventive measures. Wrinkles occur naturally, though premature aging of the skin can occur with overexposure to ultraviolet rays (sunlight) and smoking. By wearing sunscreen and quitting smoking, your body produces healthier skin cells and more collagen, which in turn prevents the occurrence of wrinkles and lessens the chances of an acne outbreak [source: WebMD]. Daily washing with a mild facial cleanser can also help control oil levels and remove dead skin cells, though vigorous scrubbing can aggravate the skin and actually increase acne outbreaks. Once you wash your face, use retinol cream or moisturizer; both minimize the appearance of wrinkles [source: Libov].

Adult acne can be annoying and painful, but there are several options out there to treat it. Talk to a doctor if you have concerns about adult acne and would like some advice as to how to treat it. The solution is out there.

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