Adult Acne: What to Do When Zits Return

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Acne’s mortifying when you’re a teen, but at least you can take comfort in knowing that, in a few years, you’ll never again get a big zit before a big date. Or will you?

Studies show that acne affects more than 50 percent of women between the ages of 20-29 and more than 25 percent of women between the ages of 40-49.1

Adult acne, like teenage acne, is related to hormones. Teens get acne during puberty, and many adult women experience breakouts linked to their menstrual cycle.

But adult acne and teenage acne may require different treatments. Teenage acne typically affects the T-zone, while adult acne afflicts the jaw area.

Adult acne may be harder to treat. “Women have drier skin than teens. It is more sensitive and harder to treat (especially on the jaw), and some women may have difficulty tolerating the more drying over-the-counter topical acne treatments.” explains Dr. Hilary Baldwin, associate professor and vice chairman of the Department of Dermatology at SUNY Downstate.

Women should talk with their dermatologists about prescription acne treatments, and be prepared for what may be an open-ended process. ACZONE (dapsone) Gel 5% has been FDA approved for the treatment of acne.

“The combination of moisturizing and anti-acne can be a tall order, so talking with a dermatologist can cut down on the treatment trial and error,” adds Dr. Baldwin. “I also tell my adult acne patients to cleanse gently, moisturize when you need to and come and see me so we can find the right treatment.”

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1 Collier CN Harper JC Cantrell WC et al. The prevalence of acne in adults 20 years and older. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology 2008; 58 Aczone (dapsone) Gel 5% is indicated for the topical treatment of acne vulgaris.

Important Safety Information:

Do not use ACZONE® Gel if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in ACZONE® Gel or if you are younger than 12 years of age.

Tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions, including if you have glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency.

Like all medicines, ACZONE® Gel can cause some side effects. The most common side effects of ACZONE® Gel are dryness, redness, oiliness, and peeling of the skin being treated.

When the active ingredient of ACZONE® Gel (called dapsone) is taken orally as a pill, it has been related to the abnormal breakdown of red blood cells (hemolytic anemia). If you have glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency, you may have a greater risk for lowering your hemoglobin level. However, using ACZONE® Gel on the skin is not expected to put enough dapsone in the blood to cause clinical symptoms of hemolytic anemia. You are advised to be alert for signs and symptoms suggestive of this type of anemia (sudden onset of: back pain, breathlessness, tiredness/weakness with daily activities, dark-brown urine, high fever, and yellow or pale skin). If you experience these signs and symptoms, stop use and call your doctor immediately. Use of benzoyl peroxide together with ACZONE® Gel at the same time may cause your skin to temporarily turn yellow or orange at the site of the application. ® marks owned by Allergan, Inc.

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