If you’ve been plagued with acne all of your teenage years and are now about to enter your twenties; don’t be in a hurry to celebrate yet. You may be done with teenage acne but as you enter your adulthood, adult acne may be lurking around that corner, bringing with it that dreadful feeling of embarrassment and low self-esteem that continues to hamper your potentially hectic social life. While you could stay away from social events you still have to trudge to the office everyday and tolerate the stares of office colleagues.
Does it have to be so bad though? Knowing what causes adult acne and how to treat it could help you navigate the adult years more smoothly.
Causes of Adult Acne
Adult acne, though essentially the same as teenage acne, makes its appearance in individuals who are over the age of 25. Adult acne affects men as well as women.
The causes of adult acne are as much subject to speculation as the causes of any other kind of acne. Theories abound but none have been proven beyond doubt.
However, one of the primary reasons appears to be hormones. If you thought that’s another thing you had left behind as a teenager, here’s another eye-opener for you- your hormones can and do fluctuate just as wildly in adulthood as it did when you were in your teens. What’s more, the results are the same too; adult acne.
Some of the other causes of adult acne include:
- Birth control pills
- Stress of daily life
- Clogged pored due to low grade cosmetics
Effective Adult Acne Treatment
The best thing you can do for yourself if you have adult acne is visit your dermatologist. Experimenting with self-remedies could exacerbate your acne and leave you permanently scarred. If you’ve made it into adulthood unscarred from teenage acne, why risk it now!
There are number of different treatments that your dermatologist has at his disposal that are normally not available for use by non-qualified persons. These could include retinoids, azelaic acid, antibiotics and other prescription topical and oral medications. Birth control pills are also sometimes recommended but only sparingly as they are sometimes counter-productive. Accutane, which is very effective for severe adult acne should not be used by women who are pregnant as it has been known to cause birth defects in unborn babies. Laser treatment is another effective acne treatment option.
Keeping Adult Acne Under Control
While a visit to the dermatologist is a must if you have severe adult acne, it is best to take the proper measures to control it in the initial stages itself. Here are some of the things you can do to prevent a full-scale adult acne breakout:
- Always choose cosmetics that are labeled non-acnegenic or non-comodogenic.
- Always choose sunscreens and lotions that are oil-free.
- Wash your face twice a day using a gentle face cleanser that is especially formulated for controlling adult acne.
- Avoid squeezing or trying to pop existing pimples.
- Exfoliate at least twice or thrice a week, using a mild exfoliant especially formulated for adult acne.
Don’t forget to visit your dermatologist regularly. With his expert and experienced eye he will tell you immediately whether your adult acne seems to be under control or not. Accordingly you can continue with whatever it is you are doing for your acne or you may have to change tracks and try something different.
Fore more info: www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/acne.html