How to deal with Adult Acne

Acne is one of the most common of all skin disorders, affecting almost everyone at some point in their lives. However, as adults, we assume the years of ugly pimples are behind us. While most people outgrow acne in their late teens or early twenties, many are affected into adulthood or even experience late onset acne. Although the exact cause of adult acne is unknown, possible contributors include stress, cosmetics and hormones.

Adult acne can be frustrating but can also have long-lasting effects on the self-esteem and self confidence for those suffering from it. To combat blemishes, treatment starts at home. Here are 4 simple steps to help with adult acne:

  1. Wash your Face – washing your skin twice a day with a gentle cleanser is key in removing excess oils and makeup that can clog your pores. We love Vivier’s Acne wash. This broad-spectrum antimicrobial acne wash is an all-in-one cleanser and toner that deep cleans pores to remove surface impurities such as dirt, oil and bacteria while helping to prevent new acne pimples. It contains 2% salicylic acid USP (pharmaceutical grade) for the treatment and prevention of acne pimples.
  2. Exfoliate – exfoliating the skin will help to remove the buildup of dirt and oils in the pores causing the skin to look oily. Gentle scrubs are good, especially ones that contain a little salicylic acid. Salicylic acid is anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory which helps flush out the pores as well as reduces inflammation associated with acne break outs. We love the ZO TE Pads which can be used twice a day to help minimize surface oils and exfoliate pore-clogging dead skin cells and dirt. Using the pads twice a day also helps to calm and soothe irritated skin.
  3. Hydrate your skin – it is important to keep your skin hydrated to prevent the skin from over producing oils. If your skin feels thirsty, it will create more oil to nourish it. By keeping your skin properly hydrated, it will function normally without becoming overly oily.
  4. When choosing makeup, always choose mineral, oil free makeup brands – most drug store brands contain silicone and are oil based. Mineral makeup is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, and won’t clog your pores. We love Jane Iredale makeup as it is mineral based and has the added benefit of containing an SPF.

Fortunately, the physical and emotional effects of acne can be reversed with proper at home care and in office treatment. While adult acne can be persistent, an individualized treatment plan from our office can help you reduce blemishes, prevent scarring and eliminate your acne. With diligent at home care, your acne can be significantly improved, allowing you to regain your confidence!

Laser Away Wrinkles, Redness and Uneven Skin with Laser Genesis Technology.

Laser Away Wrinkles, Redness and Uneven Skin with Laser Genesis Technology.

Laser Genesis is non-invasive laser technology that safely, discretely and effectively treats fine-line wrinkles, excessive redness and blemishes such as large pores, uneven skin texture and scars. It promotes vibrant and healthy looking skin.

What is Laser Genesis?

Laser Genesis is a non-invasive skin procedure that stimulates new collagen production, which helps improve your skin’s firmness, improve your skin’s texture, and reduce the appearance of fine line wrinkles. It also helps reduce pore size and diminish redness.

Laser Genesis is also a great treatment for acne-prone skin! The heat from the laser has the ability to kill the bacteria under the skin, as well as stimulate the healing process with the laser light.

How Many Treatments Will You Need?

We generally recommend a series of 3-6 treatments.

Laser Genesis Results?

Clients experience subtle yet consistent results after each treatment, without unwanted side effects such as bruising or skin irritation and no downtime. Treatments are performed in a relaxed, comfortable environment without the need for topical anesthetics.


Bye Bye Blackheads


It’s always the right time to get rid of your blackheads. In the winter they feel dry, and in the summer they feel oily—a confusing combination that leaves you frustrated. Never fear—from simple exfoliation to microdermabrasion, there are many ways to conquer blackheads and repair your skin.

What is a Blackhead?

A blackhead forms when a hair follicle becomes widened or open, allowing dirt, oils, and bacteria to get in. Your skin’s oils, sebum, can overproduce for different reasons, and become stuck in the skin without draining properly, causing bacteria to form. Sebum oxidizes as it sits in this open hair follicle, and gives it the “black” appearance that we know and hate so much.

Medical Grade Cleansers Renew and Keep Skin Clean

One of the reasons sebum can overproduce and get caught in our pores is from over-cleansing. We see oil and dirt building up in our pores, and try to fix it by using stronger cleansers or washing our face more often and more aggressively. This is a mistake—what our skin wants is routine.  Using a medical grade cleanser and lotion, cleanse your skin no more than twice a day to stop from drying it out—overdoing it will cause more sebum to produce and perpetuate clogged pores and trapped dirt!

Helpful Tips

  •  Be Clean!
  • Use a clean cloth. You are getting bacteria out when you clean, so keep your cleaning supplies clean too. This goes for your fingers as well.
  • Be gentle!
  • One of the top tips for calming irritated skin is: Just Be Gentle. Light pressure, lukewarm water—keeping things moderate helps your skin to stay relaxed and produce regular levels of sebum.


Microdermabrasion is a gentle way to renew your skin and help blackheads clear up. A specialized brush is combined with a professional cleanser to carefully remove the top layer of your skin, promoting healthy production below and removing layers of dirt and oils. Blackheads are a clog in your skin—microdermabrasion unclogs and promotes regular oil production levels going forward.

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