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You survived high school. You sailed through college. Your breakouts were still showing up in your twenties. But you hit your thirties and your acne is still flaring up, and you thought you would be done by now…

You’re not alone. Adult acne is more common than you think. But it is different than the acne you had during your teens in several ways.

The key difference is that teenage age is caused by active oil glands and excess oil production, whereas adult acne is caused by hormonal activity. As we age, cell turnover slows down, so in adults, the oil builds up and causes inflammation, cystic acne and pimples.

Teenage acne tends to show up all over the face, and back, chest and shoulders. Adult acne is more commonly found on the lower face, chin and jawline.

The way to treat teen acne is also different than the best treatments for adults. For starters, young skin that produces too much oil needs more aggressive treatments to reduce the presence of p.acnes bacteria and dry up all that oil that causes the areas around nose and cheeks to shine. Adult skin is more fragile, delicate and sensitive, so it tends to dry out more quickly. The best treatments are more gentle and easier to tolerate. In addition, adult women want to be able to wear foundation, so acne therapy needs to allow them to have a smooth surface to apply daily makeup without flaking and peeling.

Fortunately, the ZO® Skin Health and ZO® Medical ranges offer formulations that are suited to treat all types of acne for women and men of all ages, from blackheads to bacne.

For more advice on managing your acne, ask your ZO® doctor who can recommend the right ZO® Acne Solutions for you.

Best Facials for Acne

Sometimes, despite your best intentions, at-home care for acne just isn’t enough. Sometimes you need the advice and treatments of an aesthetician or a dermatologist. A facial may be a good idea, but always make sure that you’re getting the right kind of facial as some acne facials can actually make the problem worse. Here’s what to look for—and what to look out for.

    • A good acne facial requires four steps: cleansing, exfoliation, extractions, and sunscreen. The exfoliation can be mechanical—a good scrub, like ZO’s Exfoliating Polish—or a device such as a crystal-free microdermabrasion. Particle-based microdermabrasion, like aluminum oxide, can inflame acne, nick the skin, spread bacteria, and cause contamination.
    • Crystal-free microdermabrasion is an effective treatment to rejuvenate skin, shrink pores, and most importantly, stimulate the regeneration of healthy skin cells via the removal of dead skin cells. Here’s how it works: the dead or damaged top layer of the skin is gently exfoliated, while the dead skin cells are vacuumed away in a sterile, controlled environment. This procedure not only improves extractions, it makes the whole process much easier to tolerate and less painful. Hydra-Facial® utilizes a diamond tip wand and avoid particles.
    • Steam is relaxing and makes extractions easier, but it’s horrible for your skin, especially if you have acne or rosacea. Steam enlarges the glands and can actually cause acne.
    • Both the Blue LED light or Red LED light can be valuable. Blue wavelengths are very effective in killing the p-acnes bacteria, the major source of acne. You should see a noticeable reduction in acne lesions 2-3 days after treatment. The wavelength is critical to success; devices that are purchased over-the-counter are not going to penetrate as deep as devices used by your aesthetician or dermatologist. Red lights reduce inflammation, but should be used in conjunction with blue wavelengths.
    • Tea-tree masks help tighten pores, reduce oiliness, and can be a good addition to an acne facial.

Successful treatment for acne, however, starts at home. Be sure to use a cleanser designed for oily skin, cleanse for at least one minute, amd use an exfoliating polish as well as an anti-bacterial topical. Occasional facials are not a good substitute for proper at-home daily care.