Unfortunately, adult onset acne has become an increasingly common condition. It can be a result of unresolved teenage (chronic) acne, improper skin regimens or internal imbalances. Adult “acne” often appears differently than Acne vulgaris (teenage acne) and is commonly limited to one or two specific areas of the face like the jawline, chin, cheeks, forehead or hairline. It ranges in severity from an occasional hormonal cyst to clustered breakouts.
We advise a less-is-more treatment strategy to begin to reverse the effects of over-cleansing, stripping or exfoliating. The goal instead is to gently nourish, restore microbial balance and improve barrier function. These products support an ecosystem in which your residential microbes can thrive. Retinol is essential (as long as you are not pregnant or nursing) because it helps to clear skin while delaying aging by normalizing skin cell development.
This regimen addresses what is actually occurring in the skin system at this time, taking into account all factors; oil production, bacteria and inflammation. It should be implemented and followed consistently until symptoms are resolved.