What Is Adult Acne?
Many people think of acne as a condition that only affects teenagers. However, many adults suffer from this distressing condition as well. According to acne.org, adult acne affects about half of all women and 25 percent of men at some point in their adulthood. Fortunately, there are a variety of treatments to eliminate this problem.
The main cause of adult acne, according to the Mayo Clinic, is hormone imbalances. Woman are more likely to suffer from adult acne than men because the hormonal changes women undergo during pregnancy, menstruation or by taking birth control hormones often result in acne breakouts. Another attributing factor related to hormones is stress. Stress causes our bodies to secrete hormones that cause acne breakouts.
The first step in treating adult acne is to use an over-the-counter acne regimen designed for adults. Acne products designed for teens are often too harsh and over-drying for adult skin. If over-the-counter products don't work, contact a dermatologist. He will most likely prescribe a topical cream and/or an antibiotic. Severe forms of acne are treated with Isotrentinoin, under the brand name, Accutane. This is a strong form of medication that has several serious side effects. It should be used as a last resort in treating acne.
A dermatologist may prescribe an antibiotic to treat adult acne. Antibiotics can eliminate the bacteria that cause acne and reduce the inflammation associated with it. Unfortunately, over time our bodies become accustomed to antibiotics. Eventually, a stronger dose is required to have the same effect. Therefore, it's important to discuss the duration of the antibiotic treatment with your health care provider. It's also important for women to know that antibiotics reduce the effectiveness of most oral contraceptives. An additional form of birth control is necessary while on antibiotics.
There are several steps that can reduce the occurrence of acne. The first is to control stress. This can be done by finding an outlet such as walking, painting or listening to music. Women who suffer from acne should avoid cosmetics that can clog pores. Look for ones that say noncomedogenic (meaning it won't clog pores) on the label. Finally, acne sufferers should wash their faces with a mild cleanser immediately after working out. Sweat can clog pores, which leads to breakouts.
There are many supplements that claim to treat adult acne by balancing hormone levels. Unfortunately, supplements are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. It's important to talk to your health care provider about any potential risks or adverse reactions before starting any new supplement.
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