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How long do you need to take oral medications for adult acne?

“Sometimes you’ll only need it as the other topicals, like creams, are kicking in; other times you may need the medication a bit longer. Many people need them only when it flares, such as when they have a particularly bad period.”

What about laser and light therapies for adult acne?

There are several options, including Isolaz, a “photopneumatic” treatment that uses a suction cup apparatus to suck deep into your pores and deliver an intense pulsed light treatment to the hair follicles. Over time, the treatments shrink the skin’s sebaceous glands, leading to reduced oil production.

“Those treatments are good, although they’re still not standard of care,” Derick says. And they’re expensive -- several hundred dollars per treatment, and you need more than one. “Still, some patients are turning toward options like this because they want to be free of taking a pill, and putting on creams twice a day. It can also help with uneven skin tone, texture, and brown spots.”

Will your adult acne go away with time?

Probably. “As we age and our hormones settle down, the prevalence of adult acne does dissipate,” Derick says. “But you don’t have to wait for that. If adult acne is bothering you, see a dermatologist. We have access to the latest treatments, and you can get prescriptions so you don’t have to purchase expensive creams as the cosmetics counter. Adult acne is real, and you don’t have to just live with it.”

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