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Acne: The Most Common Skin Condition in the U.S.

Acne: The Most Common Skin Condition in the U.S.

Acne is Not Just a Teen Issue

For many in the Reno/Tahoe area, acne is a problem they left behind when they graduated high school. Unfortunately for a growing number of adults, acne is still a reality. Incidents of acne in adults – particularly women – in their 30s, 40s, and even 50s, is a more common concern than you might think.

Dermatologists still aren’t completely sure why some people are more prone to acne in adulthood, but the search for effective acne treatments doesn’t have to be endless. At Janiga MDs, we can create a customized treatment plan for you and your skin to combat breakouts and achieve a clear, glowing look.

What Causes Acne?

It’s a common misconception that acne is caused by eating junk food or not washing your face. Although there’s some truth to these concepts, with recent research pointing to high glycemic foods and high dairy diets being related to more acne, the actual cause of acne is hormones, oil glands in the skin, and bacteria in combination.  Your skin’s normal rate of oil production is primarily determined by hormonal changes, which is why acne is usually worse during adolescence. In adulthood, this can still be the case, although factors like stress, certain skincare products, and even certain medications can also cause acne.

Your Treatment Options

There are a variety of effective acne treatments on the market, and Dr. Jennifer Janiga and her team can recommend the right ones for you. Despite ongoing advancements in skincare, effective acne treatments don’t work overnight. In fact, some topical treatments often require 3-4 months before you’ll begin to see improvement. We’ll create a customized treatment plan for you during your consultation using some of our best products and services.

Chemical Peels

We offer a variety of skincare treatments and laser technologies to effectively address breakouts and prevent future ones. Chemical peels are an excellent option for exfoliating the skin and turning over healthy, new cells. Dr. Janiga can tailor your chemical peel to your unique skincare needs, as well as recommend the right frequency for your skin to prevent future breakouts and keep your pores clear and smooth.

Salicylic Acid and Glycolic Acid

Both of these active ingredients can be excellent options for acne when used as a regular part of your skincare regimen at home. The right option for you can depend on your skin and what causes your acne, but generally salicylic acid is best for blackheads and whiteheads.   Alternatively, glycolic acid can effectively exfoliate the upper layers of the skin to clear debris and turn over new skin cells. We offer both options at our Reno-area office and can recommend the right one for you.

Benzoyl Peroxide Wash

Benzoyl peroxide comes with the benefits of reducing acne-causing bacteria without developing resistance like regular antibiotics. This means it can be an effective way to prevent breakouts for the long term with regular use at home. You may need a specific concentration based on your skin’s sensitivity, and Dr. Janiga can recommend the best options for you.

Schedule a Consultation

Dr. Jennifer Janiga is a leading dermatologist in the Reno area specializing in effective skincare for patients struggling with acne. To meet with our team and achieve your best skin yet, we invite you to contact Janiga MDs by calling or filling out our online form.

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