e-Wise Woman: Health tips for women on the go | Issue 1 | Spring 2012

Aid for Adult Acne


You are past puberty.  So why, all of the sudden, are you having acne flare-ups?

“Many adult women suffer with acne. Hormonal changes and oral contraceptives are often related to acne flare-ups, but cleansing routines, beauty products and diet can also play a role. A dermatologist can help with treatment,” says Diane Jackson-Richards, M.D., senior staff dermatologist and director of The Henry Ford Multicultural Dermatology Clinic.

Here’s what you can do to stop acne in its tracks:

Cleansing
Gently cleaning your face with a mild skin cleanser and lukewarm water once or twice a day can help control acne. Keep in mind, excessive washing may irritate the skin and make your acne worse. If you have oily hair, shampoo your hair daily to keep oil from getting to the skin.

Makeup
Read labels and look for makeup and skin products labeled “non-comedogenic” or non-acnegenic,” and avoid hair products such as sprays and gels that may irritate your skin.

Diet
Certain foods can make acne worse in some people, so try to keep track of foods that seem to make your acne worse.

A dermatologist may prescribe medications taken by mouth or used on the skin, including antibiotics, for cases of severe acne. Be sure to ask about risks as well as benefits of these medications, including sun sensitivity.

For more information on adult acne, visit this American Academy of Dermatology.
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