Expert advice for treating adult acne

Expert advice for treating adult acne

Here are some top tips from Consultant Dermatologist and British Skin Foundation Spokesperson, Dr Anjali Mahto

1.    Do not suffer in silence. Seek support from a healthcare professional, ideally a qualified dermatologist. These are the only people properly trained in managing skin problems.

2.   Make sure to keep a good skincare routine, cleansing and moisturising twice daily, and using make-up and sun cream which are suitable for acne-prone skin. Look for the label 'non-comedogenic', which means a product won't block your pores. If in doubt, talk to your local pharmacist, or a trained make-up artist on a beauty counter.

3.    Use a retinoid product (related to Vitamin A) which will help your skin to grow healthy cells more quickly, as well as stimulating collagen production and reduce blackheads.

4.    Treat yourself, if you can afford it, to regular facials involving steam extraction and plenty of facial massage, which will ease congestion. Make sure to find a reputable, experienced therapist as, if carried out incorrectly, there's a risk of scarring.

5.    Chemical peels will improve mild to moderate acne, as long as your skin isn't too sensitive. The most common types involve salicyclic acid or glycolic acid, which will accelerate your skin's exfoliation process, and lessen scarring.

6.    If your problem is severe, your doctor or dermatologist might recommend a course of pills. Possible treatments include antibiotics, spironolactone (a medication originally for blood pressure which seems to reduce acne in women) or isotretinoin (a Vitamin A derivative, usually reserved for severe acne).