When most people hear the word “acne” they immediately associate this embarrassing skin condition with teenagers. The simple truth is that it is not all too uncommon for people in their 20s through 40s and even older to become afflicted with acne. In fact, according to some studies, more than 50% of women experience acne in their twenties. The important thing to remember is that adult onset acne differs in its causes and treatment than the normal cases of acne that are a part of most people’s youth. In younger people, for example, the cause of acne is usually overly oily skin in the T-zone area (the part of your face that is made up of the forehead, nose, chin and area circling the mouth). Here are some of the causes and treatments of acne in adults.
Dermatologists call it “adult acne” and anyone who has experienced it can speak to how embarrassing such outbreaks can be. Moreover, some adults are even spared acne during their teen years and experience it for the first time as adults. Whether it is a person’s first time having acne or not it helps to know some of the common causes of acne in adults. Such causes include:
- Hormonal fluctuations: Women get acne more often as adults than do men. They tend to get acne as a result of hormonal changes brought about by pregnancy and during menopause.
- Stress: Acne flare-ups can also be caused by hormonal stimulation that are as a result of increased stress.
- Certain medications: Some medicines have been known to cause acne. If you suspect this to be the case with a medication you are currently taking you should speak with your doctor.
- Heredity: Some people have a genetic predisposition to developing acne.
The good news is that there are many treatment options for people seeking relief from this inconvenient and embarrassing skin condition. Some of the most common treatments for adult onset acne include.
- Acne cream: Most acne creams are designed to clear up oil, kill bacteria and promote the removal of dead skin cells. At Apothederm we use a multi-prong strategy to fight acne. That is why we sell our Clarifying Treatment in the 1oz size, our Brightening Cleanser in the 6oz size and our Clarifying Toner in the 6oz size.
- Antibiotics: These are used in cases of severe acne and must of course be prescribed by a doctor but can be used in combination with our topical acne treatment.
- Oral contraceptives: Improvement in acne has often been seen in women taking oral contraceptives during their menstrual cycles.
Finally, the important thing to remember is that if you, as an adult, are experiencing acne for the second or first time you are not alone and that there is bound to be some treatment that works for you. At Apothederm we have scientifically developed formulas that can give most people with moderate acne relief.