While the thought of acne often brings to mind hormonal teenagers in junior high, it is not only a concern for teens. In fact, acne can affect any age, and is a common problem for approximately 17 million Americans, which include many adults.
Adult acne is one of the common reasons patients seek a board certified dermatologist such as Dr. Mary Lupo or Dr. Kate Holcomb of the Lupo Center for Aesthetic and General Dermatology. Our doctors see many men and women in their 30s, 40s, and beyond dealing with whiteheads, blackheads, pustules, cysts, and other blemishes on their face and neck. It can be an extremely embarrassing condition; especially for men who may feel that it is not “socially acceptable” to cover up with cosmetics. Regardless of gender, acne can be a problem for many New Orleans area patients.
The most common causes for acne are hormonal changes and fluctuations. Hormonal acne occurs for many reasons, including times of stress, during pregnancy and menopause, or stopping birth control pills. It is also associated with puberty and menstrual cycles. In many instances, it can be linked to genetics, and there are also studies supporting a poor diet as contributing to acne.
It is important for both men and women to take good care of their skin and seek professional assistance when they are struggling with acne. The first step is speaking with a board certified dermatologist who has the experience to provide help. Drs. Mary Lupo and Kate Holcomb of the Lupo Center for Aesthetic and General Dermatology can work with patients to diagnose them and determine the type of acne they have.
Healing the acne and getting it under control is the first step. A thorough analysis of the skin during an initial examination with Dr. Mary Lupo or Dr. Kate Holcomb is a great way to learn about the best treatment plan to target the acne. For some patients, a combination of medications and topics, in conjunction with chemical peels or facials can provide faster results.