Getting acne may be inevitable, but you don’t have to live with it. Thanks to decades of research, virtually everyone can achieve clearer skin. What starts out as a few pimples can progress to widespread blackheads, whiteheads, and deep, painful pimples. There’s no way to know if this will happen to you.
Many people develop acne scar and/or dark spots after getting acne. When an acne breakout clears, it can leave a permanent scar this is called acne scaring. Some scars cause depressions in the skin. Others are raised. It’s impossible to predict who will develop scars when the acne clears. But your risk increases if you:
- live with acne for an extended amount of time because you don’t treat it or treatment doesn’t work; or
- if you have one or more close blood relatives who developed acne scars.
Dark spots on the skin may also occur after an acne breakout clears, and it appears as a spot where the acne once was. This completely flat spot can be pink, red, purple, black, or brown, and it’s often mistaken for a permanent acne scar.
If you’re looking to get rid of acne, use the right acne treatment for each type of blemish you have. For deep, painful acne, you need treatment that works on clogged pores, bacteria, inflammation, and excess oil. To get a treatment that can do all this, you need a dermatologist’s help.
You might ask yourself, do adults get acne?
Yes, they do.
Acne can be particularly frustrating for adults. A treatment that worked so well during our teen years can be useless or even make acne worse. If this happens, you may wonder whether those blemishes really are acne.
Some adults continue to get acne well into their 30s, 40s, and even 50s. Most teenage boys who have acne will continue to have breakouts until they are 20 to 25 years old. A teenage girl can expect her acne to last into her 20s or longer. About 5% of women continue to have acne in their 40s.
It is even possible to get acne for the first time as an adult. Dermatologists call this “adult-onset acne.” It is most common among women going through menopause.If you’re getting acne as an adult, it is likely due to one of many underlying causes. One of the most common is fluctuating hormone level, as an imbalance can lead to breakouts.
Sometimes, it’s difficult to tell what types of breakouts you have. If you’re unsure, consulting a dermatologist is beneficial to be able to decide the best course of treatment. For instance, if you have an extremely painful acne cyst or nodule, a dermatologist can inject it with medication to reduce the pain and help it clear more quickly.
No matter what types of acne breakouts you have, have patience. You may want pimples look less noticeable overnight but getting rid of blemishes in a safe manner and preventing new ones, takes time.
While acne will eventually go away on its own, it is recommend treating acne for these reasons:
- You avoid years of breakouts.
- You prevent worsening acne. Left untreated, acne can worsen.
- If acne becomes severe, it can diminish self-esteem.
- You avoid possible acne scars.
With a dermatologist’s help and a bit of patience, virtually every case of acne can be controlled. We understand the discomfort that acne can cause both mentally and physically, and we can help. If you’re struggling to treat your acne, call us at (214) 265-1818 to schedule a consultation with one of our providers.