Today, let’s talk about adult acne. Yes, adults can get acne. They can even get zits for the first time as an adult, which is known as adult-onset acne.
Fortunately, a new line of acne fighters from Clear Clinic Laboratories, developed by acne specialist Dr. Eric Schweiger, targets adults’ special needs. Schweiger is the founder of Clear Clinic, a group of six clinics here in New York City that specialize in acne treatment.
“We really wanted to have a line that treats adult acne, but also addresses the unique concerns of the adult population, who have drier skin,” Schweiger told me during a phone chat. For example, the Prep & Soothe moisturizer is oil free, but still thick enough to hydrate the skin.
Schweiger also said that he wanted the line to combine traditional acne remedies, like benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, and sulfur, with newer treatments like tea tree oil and green tea. The idea was to develop high-end acne products that include both traditional medications and newer treatments, and put them together in an easy-to-use kit, he said.
The Clear Clinic Acne and Aging Clear Kit includes the O2 Wash, which contains benzoyl peroxide; the GTS 2.4 gel, which contains 2.4 percent epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), the active ingredient in green tea; deepPORE pads, which combine green tea and retinol to soften the skin and even skin tone; and Prep & Extra Soothe moisturizer to use before and after the other products.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, adults can get acne into their 30s, 40s, and 50s, and adult onset acne is most common among women going through menopause. Although adult acne is linked to stress, hormones, and heredity, the underlying cause of all acne is the bacteria Propionibacterium acnes, said Schweiger. Your body mounts an inflammatory response to P. acnes, which can live in and clog your pores, resulting in swelling, redness, and of course, unsightly zits.
Dr. Schweiger recently appeared on CBS New York’s The Couch:
In addition to the Clear Clinic Laboratories web site, the Clear Clinic Acne + Aging Clear Kit is available through Amazon and at the six Clear Clinic locations in the New York City area.
Do you battle adult acne or breakouts long past your teen years? How do you deal?