When you were a teenager fighting with pimples, you may have held on to one hope: that aging would clear up your skin. For a while, your skin probably was clear and nearly perfect. Unfortunately, you may be one of the millions of adults who suffer from some sort of facial skin issue long after you've left adolescence behind. Nothing seems more unfair than having a pimple develop on top of a wrinkle, but you do not need to despair. You can find treatments that will greatly improve the look of your skin.


Rosacea afflicts 16 million Americans, most of them adults. Many people do not realize that they have the condition until the redness it causes has spread over their chin, cheeks, and forehead. It can give your face a permanently flushed look due to the numerous small pimples and surface blood vessels it brings. The condition can cause uncomfortable stinging, swelling, and itching, but for most sufferers, the main complaint is their appearance. Many who have rosacea are quite self-conscious about their looks. Fortunately, a number of treatment options exist, including creams and laser treatments. Experts recommend seeking treatment as soon as possible to keep the condition from worsening.

Adult Acne

If life were fair, having acne once would be enough. Unfortunately, many adults have acne reoccur or even occur for the first time when they are thirty or over. The acne you get when you are older may also be resistant to treatments that worked for you as a teen. Women are especially vulnerable to adult acne, largely due to shifting hormonal levels. In fact, you can get acne when you go through menopause, a time when you may already be sensitive about your aging skin. A variety of treatments is available for this condition, some of which can also help your wrinkles. Over-the-counter retinol products can fight both issues. Your dermatologist may also prescribe Retin A to you or try other medications or procedures. Dermatology is constantly evolving, so you have more options than you did when you were a teenager. 

As if aging weren't painful enough, you can end up with a face full of pimples when your teenagers are also battling breakouts. You may find yourself fighting rosacea while you are also worried about your receding hairline. Adult skin problems can be particularly traumatic since you thought those days were long gone. If you develop skin issues, do not hesitate to seek help from your dermatologist. For more information, contact East Carolina Dermatology and Skin Surgery, PLLC or a similar organization.