The Best Acne Treatments to Improve Your Skin in 2024

Most of us experience a ‘bad skin day’ from time to time, but for sufferers of acne the symptoms can last years and cause permanent damage. Statistics show that 95% of people aged 11 to 30 will be affected, and although it’s usually young adults, the condition can often continue into adulthood.

What are the Best Acne Treatments for Adults?

Acne symptoms include pimples, blackheads (open plugged pores), whiteheads (closed plugged pores), red blotches, nodules and cysts, which can appear across the body including the face and back. The symptoms can be painful as well as causing embarrassment and long-term scarring.

Thankfully, there are many skin treatments for acne that can help both current and previous sufferers. From retinoids, antibiotics and antibacterial medications to microneedling and light therapy, The Aesthetics Doctor can help advise on the best acne treatments for your needs.


What Causes Acne?

Acne is caused by glands near the surface of the skin creating an excess of sebum, a type of oil that helps hydrate the skin and prevent it from becoming dry. The extra sebum remains on the skin and combines with dead skin cells, plugging up pores. The pores then become infected, causing acne.

You’ve probably heard a lot of rumours about acne, but many are untrue, such as poor hygiene and diet alone being to blame. What does have an impact are hormone levels, specific medications and other medical conditions. While there’s no cure yet, acne treatments are now widely available.


What are the Best Acne Treatments for Adults?

For adult sufferers, there are a wide array of aesthetics treatments for acne that can help to prevent the causes and relieve the symptoms. Additional cosmetic procedures can reduce the appearance of acne scarring including dermabrasion, laser treatments, punch techniques and subcision.

One of the most effective solutions for people with a moderate condition is retinoid acne treatment. Derived from Vitamin A, retinoids can help to increase skin cell production, decrease inflammation and lessen the production of oil. They have also been proven to reduce the appearance of scars.

Antibiotics are also a common treatment for acne, helping to destroy excess skin bacteria and to soothe swelling. They can be taken orally or in a topical cream. At The Aesthetics Doctor, we offer a choice of effective antibiotics including tetracycline and benzoyl peroxide, often used together.

Another of our recommendations is azelaic acid, derived from grains such as rye and barley, which helps to clean pores thanks to its natural antibacterial properties. Light therapy treatment can also serve to remove microbes and kill bacteria from the skin, while microneedling can restore the skin by stimulating new growth. You’ll find a comprehensive list of our acne treatments on our website.


Which Skincare Treatment Should I Choose?

At The Aesthetics Doctor, we provide expert advice on acne treatments and work closely with each client to find the best skincare solutions. For more information, get in touch with The Aesthetics Doctor today for your acne consultation.

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