Adult acne usually presents as acne vulgaris (common acne). But it often has the following characteristics.
Adult acne management is no different from that in younger individuals. However, because of the persistence of the disorder, more aggressive treatments may be recommended for relatively mild disease. Many adults consider acne abnormal at their age and demand effective treatment.
Mild acne is treated with topical anti-acne medications. This is suppressive not curative, and needs to be continued to maintain effects. Some people find blue light treatment has moderate efficacy at reducing the number of inflammatory lesions.
More severe acne may also be treated with antiinflammatory antibiotics such as tetracyclines. Antiandrogens such as certain oral contraceptives and spironolactone are also widely used as treatment of persistent acne in women.