It’s basically teens, to be precise adolescents who suffer from pimples and other skin related problems due to hormonal changes in their bodies. Changes in hormone levels cause too much sebum, or oil, to be produced by the glands in the skin, resulting in acne breakouts. Lotions and creams that help to dry up excess oil on the face and body are often successful in treating a teen’s acne breakouts.
Amazing fact is that acne doesn’t necessarily end once you’re out of your teens — it can affect adults in their twenties, thirties, forties and beyond. The only change over the years is how you treat breakouts. Acne may begin anew later in your life. Well! Adult acne can be embarrassing and frustrating but don’t get worried, it is treatable.
Topical acne treatments that may work well for teenagers sometimes irritate adult skin, resulting in acne getting worse rather than better. Here are some reasons as to why adults have acne breakouts:
- Hormonal changes as well as adult’s lifestyle
- Pregnancy, menstruation and menopause can bring on acne breakouts in women
- Medication side effects, including progestin-only birth control pills, corticosteroids, and anticonvulsant medications
- Heavy, oil-based skin and hair products
- Hereditary acne problems
- Mental as well as physical stress. Stress causes the body to produce more hormones called androgens, which can lead to excess oil production in the skin and acne breakouts
- Health problems like polycystic ovary disease or problems with the adrenal glands
Types of Adult Acne
- Persistent acne
Most common in women, this type of acne that persists from the teen years well into the twenties and beyond. Deep, painful pimples that are inflamed often appear on the lower portion of the face around the mouth, jaw, and chin.
- Late-onset acne
This type of adult acne, most commonly affecting women, suddenly appears after years of having clear skin. It sometimes occurs even in people who have never had a problem with acne. Pimples typically appear around the mouth, or on the chin, jaw, back, or chest.
Adult Acne Treatment
If you have adult acne, you shouldn’t be embarrassed about it and you shouldn’t ignore it as well. Work with a dermatologist to find the appropriate acne treatment, and give your skin time to clear up and heal.
Few effective adult acne treatment and prevention options are as follows:
- Oral treatments to manage changes in hormone levels
- Prescription retinoid creams, sometimes combined with an anti-microbial cream containing the ingredient clindamycin
- Moisturizers and foundations that contain acne medication, such as salicylic acid. These are gentler on the skin and dry it out less than products for teenagers that contain the same primary ingredients.
- Prescription gels, lotions, and creams that offer a combination of acne-fighters, such as an antimicrobial (erythromycin or clindamycin) and benzoyl peroxide
- Over-the-counter topical creams that include a combination of sulfur and sodium sulfacetamide
- Antibiotic pills
It’s very important for adults with acne to regularly cleanse the skin with a gentle cleanser, and avoid sunburns, picking or popping pimples, and rough scrubbing of the skin.