Acne is not something older women feel they have bargained for, particularly if they did not suffer much as a teen. My previous article on Adult Acne in Women, explored causes and how to begin treatment for adult acne.
If your hormones are not overly out of whack, diet changes haven’t helped or over-the-counter topicals haven’t reduced acne outbreaks, then here are some more options to explore.
As discussed at the end my previous article, have a dermatologist evaluate your acne to determine whether prescription medication may help.
Dr. Joshua Zeichner, director of cosmetic and clinical research in the dermatology department at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, told the New York Times he likes to use Aczone (dapsone) on his patients. Another drug, Dapson, is a prescription topical anti-inflammatory and antibacterial medication that has been shown to be gentle.
He also prescribes gentler formulations of topical retinoids such as Atralin Gel and Retin-A .04 percent gel. Retinoids are derivatives of vitamin A that help increase cell turnover, as well as decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
About.com suggested other retinoids for use in adult acne such as adapalen or Renova if a woman needs a more moisturizing base. They also reminded readers that retinoids make the skin more sensitive to sun, “so wearing an oil free, noncomedogenic sunscreen is a must.”
Dr. Gary Goldenberg, assistant professor of dermatology and pathology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine cautions women in their childbearing years to be particularly careful about using oral and topical retinoids, even though they can be very effective, he told ABCnews.com.
He advises patients to go off oral retinoids for at least a month before planning a pregnancy.
About. Com also discussed that combined treatments may work better in some cases of adult acne. Combinations of benzoyl peroxide or tretinoin (a retinoid) and a topical antibiotic may help.
Another option that has gained some popularity is blue light therapy.