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How to Treat Adult Acne…

Some adult acne sufferers are treated with antibiotics which retard the bacterial growth and prevent comedones, papules, and pustule formation. If the acne is severe, cysts will develop. Cysts can be injected with cortisone, typically this is done by a dermatologist. Treatment of acne depends upon the type of acne you as an adult may have. Mild cases are treated by any of the following: acne facials ( should be done by a trained aesthetician, we recommend that he/she have at least ten years experience), microdermabrasion treatments, topical treatments such as benzoyl peroxide ( although, it is our experience that benzoyl peroxide is too drying and unless the product is customized and blended specific to your problem you may want to use benzoyl peroxide cautiously or not at all), antibiotics, Accuttane or Tretinoin ( Retin-A); the latter prescribed by a dermatologist.

Those who suffer from severe acne may be treated with isotretinion (Accutane) which is a derivative of Vitamin A.  Accutane has some severe side-effects, we suggest that you do the research and have a thorough medical history performed at your dermatologist’s office before commencing treatment. Microderambrasion is the leading treatment against the fight of acne as well as acne scarring. We do on occasionally recommend microdermabrasion treatments in conjunction with collagen injections for severe acne scarring.

Can makeup cover acne marks?

Unfortunately, the pitted acne marks that result from acne are difficult to disguise with makeup. Cover creams can be useful if they are applied sparingly to the areas that are discolored by scarring.

What type of makeup should not be used on acne sufferers?

Oil based, opaque makeup should never be used on patients with active acne because it is greasy and can interfere with topical medication. One other very important factor- the sponges used to apply makeup harbor bacteria causing acne; if you do apply makeup, use disposable sponges. Water based makeup is more appropriate. You should be aware that water based makeup will minimally cover acne or acne scarring, but it is healthier for this type of condition.

PLEASE NOTE: Mineral makeup (with no fillers) is the best kind of makeup for those suffering from acne, because it’s made of zinc oxide.

We recommend proper home care, but we also advocate the that you stay away from these types of foods and substances:

  • Alcohol
  • Cigarettes
  • Caffeine
  • Dairy products
  •  Fried foods
  • Spicy foods
  • White bread
  •  White pasta
  • Hydrogenated fat
  • SODAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Animal products containing steroids
  • Processed foods
  • Sugar, any type, should be used extremely moderately

At Bay Harbour Med Spa, we also recommends the following:

  • Shampoo the hair frequently, keep it off the face
  • Wash the face twice a day
  • Avoid touching or rubbing the face (especially with unwashed hands)
  • Remove makeup at night, never go to bed with makeup on
  • Wash hats, caps often
  • Change the bed linens daily to avoid recontamination
  • Wipe phones with alcohol wipes whenever possible