Acne is not just a teenager problem. Adult acne (rosacea) can affect people up into their 50s. It is also common among women in menopause. There are multiple causes for adult acne, including fluctuating hormone levels, stress, family history, cosmetic products, medication side effects, and other comorbid medical conditions.

Here are tips to help manage acne.

  1. Wash your skin twice a day and immediately after sweating. Avoid using a washcloth, mesh sponge, or anything else. Use your fingertips to apply gentle, alcohol-free, non-abrasive cleanser. Then, rinse using lukewarm water.
  2. Oily hair? Shampoo daily.
  3. Avoid picking, popping, or squeezing acne.
  4. Keep away from the sun and tanning beds, which can irritate your skin.

Effective treatment is available for acne. Treatment and management plan may vary from one person to another. Often times, a dermatologist would recommend two or more treatments, which requires consistency and patience. For best results, patients should consult with a dermatologist to determine individualized treatment and management plan.