WESTPORT, Conn. (WGEM) – You thought acne was a thing of the past when you weren’t a teenager, but up to 22 percent of women develop something called acne, which doctors call adult, compared with just 4 percent of men.

The over-the-counter lotions and astringents you used as a teenager couldn’t cut it now.

There are new details on a trend in dermatology that is helping patients save face and money.

Kimberly Kanoff eats right, practices and practices yoga to reduce stress. But even these measures cannot control breakouts around your mouth.

“But at 44 it’s sometimes a little embarrassing to have acne on your face,” said Kanoff.

Even after their adolescence, women are prone to acne due to fluctuating hormones. Kanoff also has rosacea and her sensitive skin blushes easily. In the past, she took four drugs to control both of them.

“If they have to use several drugs to treat their illnesses, they only get one or two for reasons of cost,” explains Dr. Tanya Futoryan, Certified Dermatologist at Westport Dermatology and Laser Center.

Dr. For a growing number of their patients, Futoryan said the answer would be personalized or custom topical medications.

“Custom drugs are made by taking a known and trusted molecule and tailoring it to a patient’s needs,” said Dr. Futoryan.

The drugs are developed in an FDA-registered outsourcing facility under a program known as the Prescriber’s Choice. Other topical medications can also treat dry skin, eczema, and hyperpigmentation. Kanoff always used her four drugs separately. Now she only uses one to save time and money.

“I’m paying about $ 65 for the combination product I’m using now, while I paid over $ 100 for just one drug,” Kanoff exclaimed.

Dermatologists say they noticed increased compliance with this option. It is much more likely that patients will regularly take just one drug instead of three or four. During this pandemic, patients can avoid an additional stop at the pharmacy.