Although most teenagers get some form of acne, adults in their 20s, 30s, 40s or even older can develop acne. At any age, it can be disfiguring and upsetting. Untreated, it can leave permanent scars; your dermatologist may treat these if they already exist. However, it is always better to avoid acne scarring through treatment.
There are many acne treatments available. It is important to see a dermatologist who can best prescribed the proper treatment for your type of acne. No matter what special treatments your dermatologist may prescribe, remember that you must continue proper skin care. Acne is not curable, but it is controllable and proper treatment helps you to feel and look better and may prevent scars.
Proper skin care is important to help prevent acne or to lessen the outbreaks. It is best to wash your face with a mild cleanser and warm water daily. Acne is not caused by foods. However, if certain foods seem to make your acne worse, try to avoid them. Wear as little cosmetics as possible. Oil-free, water-based moisturizers and makeup should be used. Choose products that are non-comedogenic or non-acnegenic. Remove cosmetics every night with mild soap or gentle cleanser and water.