How to Control Adult Acne
When acne persists past the teenage years, it is considered adult acne. Adult acne, according to AcneNet, is more common in women than men. Women may suffer from this condition during pregnancy or when they are approaching the time of their period. Just like teenage acne, adult acne causes pimples and zits; however, adult acne is more likely to cause deep acne blemishes, such as inflamed pimples. While treating adult acne with products that worked during the teen years may cause skin irritation and make acne worse, it is possible to successfully treat adult acne.
Clean the acne prone areas once or twice daily using a gentle cleaner, recommends Medline Plus. When cleaning the area, use a gentle circular motion. Scrubbing the area will irritate the skin and make the acne worse.
Apply an over-the-counter topical treatment to the blemishes. AcneNet suggests using an over-the-counter product containing sulfur or sodium sulfacetamide. It also suggests using retinoids, but notes that OTC products aren't as effective as prescription products.
Use noncomedogenic products on the acne-prone area, states MayoClinic.com. These products, along with water-based products and non-acnegenic products, don't irritate the area and aren't likely to clog pores. Cosmetics, moisturizers and sunscreens are some products that may bear these labels.
Keep your hands and objects like cell phones off the acne prone areas. Picking at your blemishes can make them worse and can lead to scarring or infection. Your hands and objects also contain bacteria and germs that may irritate the blemishes.
Wash your hair daily if your acne occurs in areas near your hair so the oils on your hair won't get onto the acne prone area.
Stay out of the sun. For some people, the sun will make acne blemishes worse. Additionally, some acne treatments make your skin sensitive to the sun, states MayoClinic.com.
Seek professional treatments if your acne doesn't clear up in six to eight weeks of using over the counter treatments, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Your doctor may prescribe oral medications, such as antibiotics or hormone treatments, or topical products like antimicrobials.
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