Working Together: Holistic and Traditional Combinations That Work

Working Together: Holistic and Traditional Combinations That Work

The Most Effective Ways To Beat The Awfulness Of Adult Acne

Denise Moore

If you suffer from adult acne, you may become frustrated when it doesn't abate on its own. After all, the old phrase "you'll grow out of it" is commonly heard for a number of things, and acne is a leading example. Unfortunately, acne isn't something that adults always grow out of when they leave their teenage years behind. In fact, one out of every ten adults over 25 struggles with acne breakouts, and a smaller number of people even have acne well into their 40s. While it may be frustrating, there is something you can do about it. Below, you can learn about the two leading ways to tackle adult acne with the help of your dermatologist.

Topical Treatments

Topical treatments include anything that you apply directly to the acne. Some topical treatments are prescribed by a dermatologist, while other (far weaker) versions can be found over the counter. These types of treatments may occur in several different forms, including:

  • Liquid solutions
  • Cleansers
  • Gels
  • Creams

These treatments are applied directly to the areas affected by the acne. With the exception of cleansers, topical acne treatments are not removed once applied. Topical treatments are designed to deal with acne that is already present, so it may take at least a few days to see results. Adult acne, especially highly inflamed acne, will rarely vanish overnight with topical treatments because the product needs time to absorb into the skin and work. Topical treatments may be combined with oral treatments (read more about those below.) This two-pronged approach means that acne can be both treated and prevented.

Oral Treatments

Oral treatments are medications that work from within the body to help discourage acne from forming. While a dermatologist may prefer not to medicate children or teens unless it's essential for health reasons, adults are often good candidates because they are fully grown and may be better able to process medications for acne. There are two basic categories of oral treatments. 

  • Antibiotics: Antibiotics are the most common of the oral acne treatments. Minocycline and tetracycline are two of the most popular antibiotics for acne. These drugs work by halting the production of harmful acne–causing bacteria. Antibiotics may be prescribed for the long term if chronic acne is an issue.
  • Isotretinoins: Isotretinoins are a type of anti-acne drugs, and they are the strongest oral acne medications available. They work by causing an alteration in DNA transcription, which results in the shrinkage of the sebaceous glands that cause acne. While the drugs are not taken long term, they can have the long term result of clear skin. These drugs are so strong that dermatologist use great care when prescribing them. Side effects including birth defects are possible, so pregnant women must not use this type of medication.

Adult acne can be not only frustrating, but also embarrassing. If you want to present a clear face to the world, talk to a dermatologist like Henry E. Wiley, III, M.D. about whether the treatments described above could work for you!


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Working Together: Holistic and Traditional Combinations That Work

I am one of those people who hates going to the doctor. In the past, I have relied on everything from cranberry juice to apple cider vinegar to fix my ails. As I get older though, I find that I need to rely more on traditional medicine than I did in the past. What I found out from my doctor is that I did not have to give up the holistic medicines I used. I could combine them. This blog is designed to help others focus on how to combing holistic treatments with traditional medicine in a safe and fun way.