A New Way to Fight Adult Acne

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Adult acne is an epidemic—the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) reports that 25 percent of women between the ages 40 to 49 battle acne—and the number continues to increase. One reason for more acne among adult women is hormonal changes that come along with aging.

More and more doctors are prescribing Aczone, a topical gel, to treat adult acne for its ability to clear skin with minimal side effects like redness, dryness and irritation. “Even though Aczone has been around for a few years, it is recently becoming more popular because it’s a category (topical dapsone) all its own that’s neither a retinoid nor an antibiotic nor a benzoyl peroxide. It works really well for all skin types as well as those faced with adult acne breakouts,” says Montclair, NJ, dermatologist Jeanine Downie, MD.

Gentle enough to use on even more sensitive skin types, Dr. Downie explains that Aczone decreases the incidence of how long a pimple stays on the face. “When the longevity of a breakout is shortened, the skin is less likely to scar,” she adds.

Do you use Aczone? What topical acne prescriptions have you tried?

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