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You may be surprised when you get older and start experiencing a resurgence of the frustrating acne scourge you experienced as a teenager. And while teenage acne was no day at the beach, adult acne can be even more embarrassing because it seems like fewer people are affected by it.

What’s worse is that sometimes treatments that worked when you were younger are useless against adult acne. Actually, 40 to 55 percent of the population experience acne between the ages of 20 and 40. What’s different is there are a number of options to treat acne as an adult.

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You have the option to explore a number of different acne treatment options for your adult acne that aren’t usually offered to teenagers — unless the acne is severe. What’s great about a lot of adult acne treatments are that many of them also treat signs of aging as well.

Treatments such as chemical peels, microneedling, derma fillers, oxygen facials and laser treatments may also decrease the visibility of wrinkles and scars while firming and brightening the skin. Your aesthetic specialists at ReBalance of Radiance Aesthetic & Wellness work with you to create a comprehensive plan that battles unwanted acne with a holistic approach through facial treatments, nutrition counseling and hormone balancing.

Why You Get Adult Acne

There are a number of reasons why adults get acne, including:

  • Hormone changes. This is especially true for women, as their acne may be caused by menstrual cycles, pregnancy, menopause, side effects from birth control methods that contain hormones or a medical condition called Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).
  • Stress. When you’re stressed, your body creates androgens, which encourage glands in the skin and hair to create more oil. This increase in oil is a common cause of acne flare-ups.
  • Sometimes adult acne runs in the family.
  • Skincare products. As you get older, your skin changes and sometimes products that once worked well on your face no longer achieve the desired effect. Tell your aesthetic specialist about the products you’re currently using so she can gain better insight into what might be negatively impacting your acne and recommend some better options.
  • Medications. Some medications cause acne; be sure to share with your aesthetic specialist all medications you are taking so she might catch any that are causing your acne. Then you can talk to your doctor about possible alternatives.
  • Undiagnosed conditions. After a careful medical history is taken, your health care practitioner may catch an underlying issue causing your acne. Treating underlying issues can rid you of your acne in some cases.


By Natalya Fazylova NP
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Biography: Natalya Fazylova DNP ANP-BC BCIM

Natalya Fazylova is a Doctor of Nursing Practice and an Associate Professor at the City University of New York.

In her postgraduate education Dr. Fazylova became a certified Chinese Herbologist through the New York Institute of Herbal Medicine a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition (Functional Medicine) and an Aesthetic Laser Certified Specialist.

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