Adult Women with Acne In the United States, about 15% of adult women suffer from acne. Physicians are seeing an increase in the number of women who are having acne in their 30's, 40's and 50's. Unfortunately, treating these acne lesions is difficult. In this population, topical medications may not work very well. And unlike teenagers who typically have friends with acne (and they are expected to have acne), female adults who have acne can suffer from psychological problems. Acne in the adult population can effect motherhood, work, and cause a midlife crisis.
Because topical agents don't work very well, most physicians prescribe oral antibiotic medication such as doxycycline. Although doxycycline doesn't kill the bacteria causing the acne, it does have anti-inflammatory effect which helps in reducing the redness and gradually improve the acne. But the antibiotic is not without its side-effect. Some women will suffer from a yeast infection every time they take oral antibiotics. So where does this leave adult patients suffering from acne? The other option is oral hormonal contraceptives. There are a variety of options available. The down-side of this choice is that it may take months for the medication to work. And some women do not want to take hormones for various reasons.
Besides topical and oral medication, Pristine Laser Center offers laser treatment for the treatment of acne. The laser treatment kills the bacteria causing the acne as well as reduce the amount of sebum produced by the sabaceous glands which overall lead to less acne formation. The laser treatment for acne will take several sessions to take full effect. If you suffer from acne, call Pristine Laser Center at 407-494-0404 for a consultation.
Acne and Depression In the medical community, the connection between acne and depression has been well established, especially amongst teenagers. It is well known that acne, particularly in teenagers, can cause depression. Most teenagers are very cognizant of how they look; their self-esteem is based upon how they look. They may feel so bad about their acne that they refrain from making friends, become lonely, have low self-esteem and ultimately fall into depression. Therefore, it is very important to deal with the acne so they can have clean, clear skin which may make them feel better about themselves.
At Pristine Laser Center, we utilize a variety of methods including topical and oral prescription medications, acne treatment kits, as well as laser treatments to help control and clear your skin. Sometimes acne can leave you with scars and we can help get rid of those scars with laser treatments as well. If you are suffering from acne or acne scars, call us today at 407-494-0404 to schedule an appointment. Isn't it time you had pristine skin?
Smoking and Acne You already know that smoking is bad for your health, causing lung cancer and other health issues. You also know that smoking causes wrinkling and dehydration of the skin, as well as a dull complexion. In a new study published in the November issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, smoking cigarettes is now linked to comedonal postadolescent acne (CPAA), a type of acne that is most common in adult females. The study determined that nearly 73 percent of the adult women with CPAA who participated were smokers. The study states that "CPAA appears as the most frequent clinical form of postadolescent acne and seems to be strictly correlated with cigarette smoking.” So if you are a smoker and suffer from acne, here is another reason for you to quit smoking. Call Pristine Laser Center at 407-494-0404 for a consultation.
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