Acne is now the most common skin problem in the United States, according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), with 40 to 50 million Americans having acne at any one time. But while most associate teenagers with acne, more and more adults are being challenged with breakouts. These same adults are finding the tools and therapies available just don’t provide the healing and soothing ingredients that they want for their aging skin.

“Acne happens at any age, really, but it’s particularly present when the skin experiences change,” said Laura Stephens, vice president at BioScriptives. “Fluctuating hormone levels or changes in stress or mediations can all trigger acne into our 30s, 40s and even our 50s when skin is also starting to age.”

Repiderm® from BioScriptives is a powerful, single-step acne treatment formulated with 16 herbal extracts and benzoyl peroxide, an active ingredient long recommended by dermatologists for the safe and effective treatment of acne. With regular use Repiderm stops acne while moisturizing and replenishing the skin. The added benefit of Repiderm is found in its botanicals, which include kelp extract, rosemary, neem oil, calendula, aloe vera, castor oil and others to help optimize the calming and hydration of the skin. Repiderm is finding fans among acne sufferers who prefer to couple strong actives (like benzoyl peroxide) with powerful ingredients found in nature.

What causes acne?

According to the AAD, acne appears when the pores of our skin clog. Clogs begin with dead skin cells. Normally, dead skin cells rise to surface of the pore and the body sheds these cells. When the body starts to make lots of sebum (“see-bum”), oil that keeps our skin from drying out, dead skin cells can stick together inside the pore. Instead of rising to the surface, the cells become trapped inside the pore.

Acne can be particularly frustrating for adults who thought their “acne years” were far behind them. A treatment that worked so well during our teen years can be useless — or even make acne worse. According to the AAD, adults may be caught off guard, wondering if those blemishes really are acne.

A few recommendations for adult sufferers of acne are cleaning the skin with a gentle, non-abrasive cleanser, rinsing only with lukewarm water, and keeping the skin clean and dry, especially after sweating.

“Skin in your 30s and 40s is simply different than your teenage years, so you need to think of treatment options differently,” said Stephens. “Beyond finding an effective active ingredient to clear the blemished areas, hydration is key to aging skin and enlisting the help of ingredients that have natural soothing and hydrating properties can also be key to success.”

As the AAD points out, “resolution of acne takes time. There are no “overnight” or “immediate” cures. If after pursuing a treatment for 4-6 weeks and you achieve inadequate results, it is recommended that patients seek out a consultation with a licensed dermatologist to explore clinical options for acne treatment such as a prescription for oral medication or laser therapy.