Acne is one of the biggest skin frustrations out there.  While we tend to associate it with teens, the truth is, it’s not just teenagers going through puberty that struggle with it.  We have a lot of adults who come into Innovative, puzzled that they’re still battling this skin condition when they no longer have a “one” in front of their age.

So, what’s going on?  What’s causing it?  Well, there’s a good reason why teens are usually considered the victims of acne- a mixture of heredity, hormones and just starting to learn how to take care of their skin tends to make even the most healthy teen susceptible.  With adults, hormones still play a main role, even if they’re past the onslaught of new and unfamiliar hormones flooding the system.  Another common issue can be what we eat-dairy has been found to trigger break outs in some individuals, along with poor dietary choices. While the wrong make-up, menstruation, pregnancy, and the wrong skin care routines can also cause acne, the most likely culprit comes from within.

How can this be fixed?  The first thing to do is probably the simplest-take a good look at what you’re putting on your skin, and how you’re treating it.  Are you scrubbing your skin?  Are you putting pore-clogging moisturizer, sunscreen, or foundation on it?  Do you exercise with make up on, then don’t cleanse after the work out? Do you sleep in make up?  Do you skip washing your face at night or in the morning?  These can be quick steps to take to see if there is a quick fix here.  You want to make sure you’re washing your face with a cleanser formulated for your skin type-not scrubbing, as that can irritate and stimulate excess oil production. You don’t need to wash more than twice a day (unless you need to after a work out, or to wash make up off beforehand), but make sure you’re getting that skin cleansed!  Check your moisturizers, sunscreens, and make up.  Invest in good quality, oil-free, non-comedogenic (for acne-prone skin, a formula that is less likely to block the pores).   Also, look at your diet-switch to cleaner, less processed foods, such as veggies, whole grains, lean proteins, and lots of water.  Try cutting dairy and see if that makes a difference.

If you’ve made these switches, and have noticed no change, then it’s time to call Innovative Aesthetics or a dermatologist…or both!  There can be a long wait list to see a dermatologist, and and Innovative can usually get you in within a week or two, either while you wait for the dermatologist appointment, or before you decide to see one.  At Innovative, we will do a skin analysis (VISIA) to see if we can figure out the cause.  We will then decide which treatment works best-it may be laser, a specialized facial series, Hydrafacial, or customized medical grade skin care routine.

At Innovative, we are looking at you individually, and we are going to make sure that you get the best possible care.  When it comes to acne, there’s no reason to have to suffer!