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Ah, adult acne. If your pimply teenage years have not ended, take comfort in knowing that you’re not alone. More than 70 of adults still experience acne outbreaks between the ages of 20 to 50. There are many culprits behind acne after puberty –what you eat, your stress levels, and hormones – but ultimately, this is a complicated topic that requires a customized treatment program, says dermatologist Dr. Julia Carroll, FRCPC, founder of Compass Dermatology in Toronto and a lecturer at the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto.
“I would start with a combination of prescription creams, usually a combination of benzoyl peroxide, antibiotics and tretinoin. However, it all really depends if the acne is simply blackheads, or more white heads or scarring. Acne breakouts can also be controlled with laser therapy called broadband light. We use one wavelength to target P. Acnes, the bacteria associated with acne, then another wavelength to target redness of acne.”
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