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Adult Acne - Information You Should Know to Treat It

Adult Acne - Information You Should Know to Treat It


Adult Acne - Information You Should Know to Treat It

by Jason Z. Malcolm

Many adults get acne, even after they thought that they were done with it for good. It can be embarrassing and difficult to deal with, and it's something that many of us face at least once. Over the counter treatments can be drying and irritating, and many may not even work. Things that worked well when you were a teen may not work now.

Most adults that get acne will try almost anything to get rid of it, and they often try scores of treatments before they find one that works. If you've done this, you probably wonder if your acne will ever go away. If you'll just read a little further, you might have some of your questions answered.

You probably think that acne is really a teenager's problem, but nothing could be further from the truth. Adults can and do get acne- some have it at thirty, forty, or even fifty. If your acne has not cleared up by the time you turn 25, you are considered to have persistent acne. Cases of adult acne usually have painful, inflamed, and large pimples. Stubborn cases of adult acne usually appear on the chin, mouth and jaw line, but lesions can also appear on the back and buttocks.

Adults can get late onset acne, too. Unfortunately, women are far more vulnerable than men. Even those who haven't had a breakout in years can get big, inflamed pimples, and those who have never had acne can get it too. Late onset acne can often be brought about by hormone imbalances, like those that happen during menopause.

Regardless of when it happens, all acne cases have the same basic cause- an overproduction of sebum, combined with too many dead skin cells and bacteria in the pores. Overstimulation of the sebaceous glands can, like we said, be triggered by hormones. Many women break out right around the time that their menstrual cycle begins, or when they are pregnant.

Some medicines are known to aggravate acne. If you are on birth control, you've probably seen a reduction in your acne. Suddenly stopping the pills can make your skin flare up. If your pill contains estrogen and progestins, it can bring your acne under control, but if the pill only contains progestins, your acne can get worse.

Many other medications can affect your acne. Anticonvulsant drugs and corticosteroids can aggravate a case of acne, but that is not a good reason to stop taking them if they have been prescribed to you. If your acne is a concern, talk to your doctor. If the medicine is necessary to you, talk to your dermatologist about other ways to control your acne.

Most acne cases are hereditary. In studies, roughly fifty percent of adults who had acne have other immediate relatives that have it as well. Scientists aren't really sure why acne has a genetic link, but they are finding out more almost every day.

Stress is also known to trigger acne, and this is particularly true for women. Research has shown a link between higher stress and more serious cases of acne, especially in women that have stressful jobs and home lives. A body under stress makes more stress hormones, which in turn induce the glands to make more oil.

If you have a stubborn case of acne, it could be aggravated by certain hair care and skin products. Many of these contain a ton of oil, which can trigger cosmetic-induced acne. Steer clear of those products containing oil- instead choose non-comedogenic products. They'll not only help to control your acne, they also don't usually irritate sensitive skin.

Acne can be a warning sign of a more serious medical condition. When adult acne is accompanied by thickening facial hair, balding, and irregular menstrual cycles, it can be a sign of polycystic ovary syndrome, or an adrenal gland disorder. It could also mean that the woman has a tumor on an adrenal gland or ovary. If you are experiencing any of these signs, you should see your doctor as soon as possible. Testing can find the cause of the symptoms, and your acne won't go away until they are treated.

If you've been checked for other conditions by your doctor, your acne can be controlled with any of the various natural acne remedies available. A lot of adults with acne don't bother to seek treatment, and they end up needlessly "living with" the condition. Adult acne can be stubborn, but with consistent treatment, it can be reduced or eliminated for good.

About the Author:
Author Jason Z. Malcolm has been researching about acne scars for a little over a year now. Right now, he's learning about preventing acne. To learn more, feel free to visit our treatment resource.

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