Adult Acne

how to treat acne in adultsYou breezed through your teenage years with a zit or two and never thought about it. Now you look into the mirror in horror. What happened? How is it possible to develop acne in your mid 30’s; isn’t this supposed to happen to teenagers? You find yourself embarrassed and confused.

Acne and pimples are thought to be a teenage problem. Understand this: in the fight against acne, age is irrelevant. Read that again. Age is irrelevant. This is because acne is a condition of the sebaceous glands, which are attached to hair follicles and produce sebum. (Read more about how acne forms here.) Because of growth and development that occurs in early teenage years, androgenic hormones are released. This is important, because of the variety of reasons for acne in adults:

  • Recurrance of acne that cleared up after your teen years
  • Flare or outbreaks after quiet period – examples include pregnancy, menstruation, and hormonal imbalance
  • Chronic Pressure on skin – backpacks, tight clothes, etc.
  • Medications – Anabolic steroids, some anti-epileptic meds, lithium, and others
  • Chlorinated Industrial Chemicals

Folliculitis is commonly misconceived as acne; rather, it is an inflammation of hair follicles, and does require a different treatment. Acne that appears for the first time in your adult life should be examined by a dermatologist to determine the underlying cause, and prescribe you the proper treatment.


How to Prevent Adult Acne

Let’s be clear: there is no cut and dry way to prevent acne, no matter the age. However, there are a few steps that you can take that have had great results with others:

  • Stop touching your face! Oil from your fingers and hands can cause acne and clog pores.
  • Watch your makeup! Ironically enough, alot of the makeup used to cover up acne actually perpetuates it and makes it worse.
  • Wash your face! This is an obvious one.
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Like above, there are many different reasons for adult acne, and many different possible treatments.

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Take your time with acne: this affects everyone.

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