Acne is most commonly discussed and marketed as a teenage problem but it is also an adult problem. Many adults are shocked, frustrated and surprised that they now have adult acne in their 20’s, 30’s 40’s and beyond and gone are the days thinking they will grow out of it. And adults often don’t think of their breakouts as “acne” and zit is a term they hoped had long passed.
Adults deal with the same insecurities they had as a teen with pimples and breakouts even though some never had acne until they were adults. Acne can affect self confidence, cause depression, be painful and is overall a nuisance. There are YouTube videos that are popping up of women who are truly artists and they share how they cover their acne with make-up. It is absolutely amazing how they show the before and after camouflage of their skin, almost as if they are painting a mask on their face. But you can still see the hurt in their eyes on the videos or you can read some of the disrespectful comments viewers post. Why are we so judgmental when so many of us deal with this common issue?
Adult acne can be a result of personal habits of such as touching your face or cell phone mechanical irritation, as well as from not removing the dirt and oil from your skin morning and night, a side effect of some medications or just general hormones. There are even tips on removing foods from your diet that might be related to breakouts and inflammation.
Each person has a different reason as to why they are suffering from adult acne but there is hope and you can do something about it!
Why do we get adult acne? Most of the time adult acne is result of changing hormones from pregnancy, menstruation, perimenopause, the onset of menopause or a shift in hormones from another health related issue. It can also result from stress and diet.
Who gets adult acne? Anyone can get acne as an adult but it effects more women than men at this stage of life. It is estimated 80% of people get acne at some time during the ages of 11 and 30 and some people struggle with acne up until their 50’s. Adult acne is not talked about as much as teen acne but it definitely takes it toll on many people of all ages.
What can you do for adult acne? Try to take care of yourself and stress levels. Also start using a skin care regimen twice daily that is suited for adults and not teenagers. As you get older your skin thins and can become more sensitive. A teen acne product can dehydrate your skin resulting in dry, flaky rings of skin around your blemishes. Try a blemish product or acne treatment that not only helps to reduce the appearance of the blemish but also does not strip the skin. If your skin is stripped with harsh products, your skin will start to overproduce oils and then pores can get clogged and instead of improving your acne your skin is starts looking worse. Try products with an acne ingredient like salicylic acid to help with breakouts but also look at other ingredients like peptides that will help to improve the appearance of your skin. The salicylic acid will help to break up the clogged pores from bacteria and dead skin cells. Having chemical peels at the dermatologist or other services at the spa that can also help to keep dead cells from clogging your pores. At home exfoliators may help as well. Malic and Mandelic acids are gentle exfoliators that work well on more mature skin and offer the benefits of helping smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as well.
Overall, adult acne is treatable but it can be a frustrating. Select products to use that that are known to be designed for adults with acne. Try to find ways to lower your stress levels and maintain your skin with a daily regimen that works for you. If the problems continue, it is recommended to see a dermatologist who can review your history and medication with you and come up with a more aggressive solution.