Author Bio: Dr. Sanusi Umar MD is the author of this article.
A Hermosa Beach patient came to us troubled by her adult acne and the ensuing acne scars. In the past, she had tried over-the-counter adult acne treatment and medications without satisfying results.
“I would never consider leaving home for any reason without makeup,” the patient said of her skin condition.
Adult acne has many causes and therefore requires a lengthy trial and error period to determine the root of the problem and find an effective course of action. In search of the best acne solution for adults, this patient presented to Dr. U for his expertise using laser skin therapy.
Dr. Umar decided to utilize the Spectra Laser to combat her active adult acne and the Fraxel Dual laser for her acne scars. These gentle yet powerful laser systems clear away acne and reduce scarring. Laser therapy, one of the best treatment options for adults struggling with acne, was implemented successfully.
Adult Acne Treatment Before Photos:
During her search for the best acne treatment for adults, this patient experienced persistent breakouts prior to reaching out to the Dr. U Skin Clinic. “[I had] blemishes all over the place, and acne scars,” said the patient of her skin before being seen at our clinic. Not only did she suffer from active adult acne, but also an uneven complexion of scars and brown spots from past blemishes.
She never left the house without a covering of foundation to hide the pimples and discoloration. During her consultation, Dr. U assessed her skin type and the severity of her breakouts. It was determined that her adult acne would be best resolved using non-ablative laser technology.
Best Acne Treatment for Adults Procedure Photos:
Dr. Umar implemented a series of three treatments with the Spectra Laser to resolve the acne itself, which proved highly effective. Once her adult acne was cleared, Dr. U then treated her with two sessions using the Fraxel Dual laser to help clear up any scars that remained. Due to the patient’s skin type and slightly tan complexion, the Fraxel Dual was the ideal laser to safely provide the best adult acne treatment specific to scar removal. Dr. U effectively treated her with this laser in only a few sessions, resulting in minimal to no side effects or complications.
Fraxel Dual is a non-ablative laser with two setting options to treat adult acne. For this patient, Dr. U used the 1550nm Erbium wavelength which targets the collagen and elastin cells deep within the skin, regenerating these deeper layers. The result is a smooth and even skin tone.
Another option for the best acne treatment for adults is the CO2 laser, a more aggressive technology that would have been dangerous for this patient’s skin type; it is only safe to use on very fair complexions of the Fitzpatrick scale.
Adult Acne Before and After Results Photos:
The combined result of the Spectra and Fraxel Dual Lasers is a clearing of the adult acne, flattening of the scars, and smoothing of the brown spots. Three weeks after the final treatment, her skin is clear and radiant, showing great improvement. The slight remaining redness is a temporary side effect from the laser itself and is expected to completely resolve at four to five weeks, when the skin is fully healed.
“I’m very happy with the result,” the patient told Dr. U. “It’s a new me right now, no makeup. I’m very grateful I did this.”
Video: Best Acne Treatment Products for Adults
Watch the patient’s journey from suffering with adult acne to being cleared of blemishes and blotchiness, thanks to the best acne treatment for adults. Do not hesitate to contact Dr. U Skin Clinic if you’re in search of an effective adult acne treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions – Best Acne Treatment For Adults
What are the adult acne causes?
Adult acne causes vary from person to person. Though pore blockages from dirt, debris, and dead skin cells are what ultimately cause pimples and inflammation, the core problem can be many things. Hormones are a leading cause of adult acne, as well as stress, genetics, and hyperkeratinization. If you suffer from acne that is unresponsive to over-the-counter treatments and medicated face washes, it is advisable that you see a dermatologist for advanced treatment.
Can the Spectra and Fraxel Dual lasers be used on African American skin?
Yes, both the Spectra and Fraxel Dual lasers are safe for use on African American skin and other people with darker skin tones. Ablative treatments with other lasers are often contradicted by skin tone, since higher levels of melanin in the skin create a greater chance for adverse side effects, such as discoloration. Dr. U has successfully treated acne and acne scars using these laser systems for African American patients.
What are the best acne treatment products for adults besides Spectra and Fraxel Dual Lasers?
In addition to Spectra and Fraxel Dual lasers, there are many other laser systems and types of treatment considered to be among the best acne treatment products for adults. These include the Fraxel Repair, an ablative laser; the VBeam, a pulsed dye laser; and Photodynamic acne treatment, which uses a Blue Light and a sensitizer called Levulan.
Aside from laser therapy, there are other options such as antibiotics, hormone treatments like birth control, topical retinoids like tretinoin, and last-resort oral retinoids like Accutane. For adult acne scar treatment, alternatives include microdermabrasion and chemical peel (not recommended).
Don’t see your question about adult acne answered above? Use this button to ask Dr. U:
- Learn about Spectra laser treatment and how to determine if it could be right for you.
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