When It's Time To See A Professional About Your Adult Acne

Teenagers aren’t the only ones who suffer from acne. You may have thought it was a right of passage that would clear up as you got older, or that you were in the clear because you never broke out when you were younger. Unfortunately, sometimes acne is persistent or starts in the adult years.

If you have adult acne that is persistent, painful, or causes scarring and a lower quality of life, then it’s time to seek care from a board-certified dermatologist.

The team at Chappell Rosso Dermatology and The Laser & Aesthetic Center in Odessa, Texas, is led by Ritchie Rosso, Jr., MD, and Robert Chappell Jr., MD. They effectively diagnose and treat your adult acne so you can look and feel your best.

When your current regimen doesn’t work

There are a lot of over-the-counter products that may help control breakouts, but the face washes and creams you used as a teenager don’t always work on your adult acne. In fact, they may make your breakouts worse.

If you feel as though you’re not getting the results you want with the regimen you’re currently using, it’s best to see a dermatologist. Dr. Rosso and Dr. Chappell assess your skin to determine which prescription-strength products can alleviate your concerns.

Additionally, stubborn breakouts might be a sign that you aren’t struggling with acne at all. Some skin problems can look like breakouts, but are actually other conditions, such as rosacea, or signify an underlying disease such as polycystic ovary syndrome. Our dermatology team can properly diagnose your skin concerns and develop a customized treatment plan.

When breakouts are painful

If a breakout appears on date night or the day of your big interview, you may think your acne is severe. But severe acne is usually painful and characterized by cysts that extend below the surface of your skin. It tends to form on multiple areas of the face and body, including the back and buttocks.

Store-bought products won’t effectively treat severe acne, so it’s time to see a dermatologist if you have painful, pervasive breakouts.

Our team of dermatology experts offers effective solutions for your severe adult acne, including:

When acne causes scarring

Acne scars form when your skin heals from breakouts that penetrate deep below its surface. This scarring becomes more visible as you age and your skin naturally loosens and loses collagen.

If you have inflammatory acne like cysts, or if you wait too long to seek professional care for your acne, you are more likely to develop scarring. There are procedures that can diminish scars, but you need to treat any adult acne first. New breakouts can cause new scars and make treatment less effective.

Dr. Rosso and Dr. Chappell can develop a comprehensive plan to treat your adult acne, reduce the appearance of scars, and prevent future scarring.

When you want more confidence in your appearance

Acne appears as physical blemishes on the surface of your skin, but it can also cause internal distress. Research shows that acne can have a negative effect on your emotional health.

Usually acne occurs during the teenage years so it’s less expected when you’re an adult, and may affect your self-esteem and self-image. If you’re feeling depressed, anxious, or all alone, it’s time to find professional help for your acne so you can regain a higher quality of life.

If you keep waiting to treat your adult acne, you increase the chances that it will worsen, cause scarring, and affect your mental well-being.

To learn more about your options for treating adult acne, contact our team at Chappell Rosso Dermatology and The Laser & Aesthetic Center by phone or online today.

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