What treatment options do I have?
Adult acne is different compared to teenage acne- Clearasil and Proactive is not usually a solution for adult acne. Several effective treatment modalities are available to patients.
Creams and antibiotics
Can work in 30-50% of cases. Unlike teenage acne, antibiotics don’t usually cure adult acne.
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Anti hormone treatments
This group of tablets include the pill such as Cyproterone acetate or Drospirinone. Another excellent antihormone tablet is Spironolactone. Antihormone treatment work in over 75% of adult acne cases, however it does take 2-3 months before patients notice a difference.
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Can decongest blocked pores, reduce blackheads and improve skin texture and skin tone. We advise either Glycolic Peels or Sal. Acid peels for acne control.
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Treatments directed at the oil glands
This is the best method of treating adult acne however side effects need to be considered.
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Treatment options for adult acne should be tailored to your lifestyle. For example, if you are contemplating pregnancy within 7-8 months of initial acne treatments, drugs such as Roaccutane – Oratane are not advisable.
If you suffer from hormonal acne and pregnancy plans are not an issue, anti-hormones such as Spironolactone maybe appropriate. Females in the 40s can also benefit from low dose Roaccutane – Oratane as a method of decreasing oil production.
Omnilux Phototherapy is a very poor treatment for adult acne, however it can be effective in reducing outbreaks during pregnancy. Specialist do NOT recommend phototherapy as a sole method of treating acne- especially in adult cases.
Your Specialist will find a solution for your acne based upon your life style, and your subtype of acne.