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I thought I would have outgrown my skin problems years ago! Why am I still dealing with acne in my late thirties, and what can I do about it?
Written by Dr Jason Rivers   

Question:

I thought I would have outgrown my skin problems years ago! Why am I still dealing with acne in my late thirties, and what can I do about it?
– Paula Sendecki, Vancouver

Answer:

Adult acne is more common than you think. It affects more than 25 percent of acne sufferers. However, it’s important to note that adult acne is often confused with a common skin condition called rosacea, which can cause persistent redness and/or bumps and pimples around the nose, cheeks and forehead. The common age of onset for rosacea is 30 to 55. So be sure to check with your dermatologist. If you know you have adult acne, the mainstay treatment is a vitamin A acid derivative (retinoid), either used alone or in conjunction with benzoyl peroxide. These agents can dry the skin, so a good moisturizer and a gentle cleanser can go a long way in making the treatment more tolerable to the skin.

Dr Jason Rivers -

One of Canada’s top dermatologists, Dr. Jason Rivers is board certified in North America and is Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the University of British Columbia. He is a partner at Pacific Dermaesthetics, a private medical and cosmetic dermatology practice in Vancouver, BC. www.riversol.com or www.vancouverskin.com

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