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Do You Struggle WIth Adult Acne? We Can Help!

Nearly 17 million Americans suffer from acne, and many of them are adults. Although you may associate zits and pimples with adolescence, teenagers don’t have a monopoly on this common skin condition. If you have adult acne, though, you may experience the stigma of suffering from a “kid’s” condition and face some serious self-esteem issues, not unlike your teen counterparts.

The good news is that you don’t have to live your adult years with a face — or back or chest or arms —  full of acne. Dr. Ritchie Rosso Jr. and Dr. Robert Chappell Jr. see many cases of adult acne here in our Odessa, Texas, office, and we have multiple treatment options that will clear up your skin and help you put your best face forward. Our team here at Chappell Rosso Dermatology and Laser & Aesthetic Center develops a treatment plan customized for your skin type and unique set of symptoms. Here are some guidelines to help you determine when to come in and see us. 

Types of adult acne

There are several types of acne, and they all show up in different ways. There are two main categories of acne — non-inflammatory and inflammatory — and multiple types within those categories. The type(s) you have and the severity will help you decide how to self-treat it and when to seek our professional help.

Non-inflammatory acne

As its name suggests, non-inflammatory acne causes no swelling of the skin. This category of acne typically responds well to over-the-counter treatments that include salicylic acid, which you can find on the label of many products in your local drugstore. 

If you have non-inflammatory acne, you may see:

In addition to salicylic acid, look for benzoyl peroxide to spot treat your breakouts, or retinol, which tends to work well on this type of acne. If these products don’t give you the results you want, we can prescribe a stronger product that can get the job done.

Inflammatory acne

Like non-inflammatory acne, this type involves clogged pores. But in the case of inflammatory acne, bacteria are also involved, and they complicate the situation with infection — hence the inflammation. Inflammatory acne shows up as:

Benzoyl peroxide can often clear up mild cases of inflammatory acne because it kills the bacteria that cause the infection. But if you have a moderate-to-severe case, it’s best to make an appointment and come see us. We can prescribe oral antibiotics and stronger topical products than are available to you over the counter.

Three reasons to see a dermatologist for your adult acne

Not all types or cases of acne require medical attention, but some definitely do. The three main reasons we recommend that you seek our professional care are:

  1. The things you’ve tried at home don’t work
  2. Your acne is affecting your self-esteem and confidence
  3. Your acne is leaving scars

Although acne is a common skin condition, its damaging effects are far from mild. Your emotional wellbeing, your social comfort, and your confidence in the workplace can all take a hard hit if you suffer from adult acne. This alone warrants a trip to our office.

In addition to the unseen emotional scars, acne also leaves visible signs that it has ravaged your skin. And if you have acne scars, we can help.

What can be done about acne scars?

Scars of any kind kind leave you with a constant reminder of an accident or trauma — even the trauma of acne. But we can dramatically reduce the appearance of acne-scarred skin with the power of laser resurfacing techniques.

This is a comfortable, noninvasive procedure we perform here in our office. We use Fraxel® laser technology to improve the texture and tone of your skin, restoring the glow and radiance of your youth and eliminating the acne scars that have you feeling stressed about your appearance.

We also offer a unique form of microdermabrasion called MegaPeel® that uses powerful crystals to slough off the dead cells on and in your skin and trigger healing deep beneath the surface to rejuvenate your skin from the inside out.

Whether you have active adult acne or the persistent scars that constantly remind you of your pimples and zits, you can count on us to safely and effectively give you the clear, smooth complexion of your dreams. Call us at 432-217-0344, or request an appointment online to get started right away.

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