Adult Acne: How to Treat It

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18 Dec Adult Acne: How to Treat It

You’re out of your teens and well into the world of adulthood when suddenly an old fear comes crashing back: acne, as an adult. Will they notice? How much makeup will I have to wear today? Why is this happening?

Adult acne is more common than you might think. The American Academy of Dermatology notes that acne is actually the most common skin disorder in the U.S. and 85% of people will have to deal with it at some point. Not just kids, either: adults, even much older adults, can be plagued with acne on their face, neck, back or chest.

Living daily with adult acne can range from annoying to seriously affecting your quality of life. But it’s time to stop worrying and start taking action.

What Is Acne?

Acne is a medical condition where skin is visibly irritated. Pimples, red spots, clogged pores, and cysts appear on the skin of an affected area – most often on the face, neck or back. But acne can also appear on the arms, shoulders and chest.

There are a few reasons that acne flares up in adults. Acne is caused by an overabundance of oil on the skin; this extra oil is the work of enlarged, overproducing oil glands. Acne can also be caused when hair follicles, which usually release oil, are blocked. Another cause of acne is the bacteria P. Acnes that will grow and spread within the hair follicles.

Adult Acne in Women

Most women can appreciate clear, clean skin. Even the most confident woman can be shaken by the sudden onset of adult acne. Things like hormone changes (due to birth control, pregnancy, or just time) can cause the appearance of acne. High levels of stress, humid weather or changes in diet can also be factors. Even cosmetics used to enhance our beauty can actually be detrimental to skin in the long run. Studies claim that 50% of people are battling adult acne, so take heart because you’re not alone!

Men Are Affected by Adult Acne, Too!

Adult acne is not just a women’s problem; many men also suffer. A 2007 University of Alabama study showed 43% of men in their 20s, 20% of men in their 30s, and 12% of men in their 40s experience acne. Men, who are not as pressured to conform to beauty standards and often have less experience with facial products and beauty treatments, are more likely to ignore the problem. But it’s still important to seek treatment, as acne can become more severe if not treated correctly.

Don’t Let Adult Acne Take Over Your Life

Acne as a teenager can seem like the end of the world. But acne as an adult can be a longer lasting problem, especially if caused by a hormonal imbalance. It can affect your confidence and your desire to socialize. When your quality of life is affected by a skin condition, it is time to take action. Medicine, both over the counter and prescription, is available to treat adult acne. But to find the best course for your particular acne, you’ll want to see a dermatologist. A professional dermatologist can help narrow down the root causes of your acne – whether it is a hormonal problem, a lifestyle change, or a sensitivity to a certain food or product. A dermatologist can give you a skin care regimen, treat the damage left by acne, and help you get your skin back to normal.

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