Acne is not limited to adolescents. Some patients develop this condition for the first time in middle age. At Dermatology Associates of Northern Virginia, now a part of U.S. Dermatology Partners, we are dedicated to helping individuals achieve the results they desire and offer a variety of treatments.
Understanding these differences is necessary to effectively treat acne when the retail products fail to work, or they worsen inflammation, increasing the odds of developing scars.
Teenage acne-sufferers tend to develop pimples and comparatively oily skin in the lower part of the face around the mouth and along the jawline. This type of acne often arises at puberty, and is caused by hormones. Women can also develop acne for the first time in adulthood due to hormonal fluctuations, which can occur during menstruation and pregnancy, or while going through menopause. Other causes include:
- Comedogenic makeup, skin, and hair care products that block pores
- Medications to manage other conditions
- Stress-related hormonal changes
Many retail products are made for youthful skin. It’s quite possible that you turned to a product from your childhood, only to find it’s no longer effective, or makes adult acne worse. These medicated products tend to be drying, which isn’t a problem on oily teenaged skin but can present additional complications on dry adult skin.
The professionals at Dermatology Associates of Northern Virginia can prescribe products and medications that effectively treat the unique needs of adult patients; for example, retinoid-containing creams unplug follicles and hormonal therapies can be used alone or with other medications and therapies to clear adult skin.
As a one-stop shop for all your skin care needs, the Board-certified dermatologists will work with the estheticians and cosmetic coordinators to create an ongoing regimen that evolves with your changing and improved skin.
If you struggle with acne, or need a diagnosis and to discuss treatment options with a professional, contact Dermatology Associates of Northern Virginia Centreville. We assist patients of all ages in our state-of-the-art facility. We provide medical and cosmetic dermatology solutions to men and women at both our Centreville and Sterling locations. Our Centreville location can be reached at (703) 222-2773 and is conveniently located in Suite #301 at 13880 Braddock Road. We accept new patients who are ready for quality, comprehensive dermatological care.