Adult Acne Sufferers - You Are Not Alone!
Some Helpful Information about Adult Acne
Despite the belief that acne is typically a scourge experienced by teenagers, it is a common cause of dermatologist visits and self-esteem issues among adults. Approximately 20% of women between the ages of 25 and 40 years of age suffer from adult acne. Are you suffering from adult acne? Here are some things to keep in mind...
Why Do I Look Like A Teenager Again?
Adult acne is oftentimes caused by a combination of stress (which causes oil glands to go into overdrive), hormones (both natural and medicinal), and poor quality cosmetics.
Adults can mitigate the effects of these sources of breakouts by reducing stress (get enough sleep and exercise, eat healthy foods and drink plenty of water), using quality cosmetics and using cleansers that are designed to combat oil without being over-drying.
What Should I Do To Treat Breakouts?
It is a normal reaction to scrub acne-prone skin in hopes of stripping it of oil and eliminating blackheads. This approach is counterproductive since over-cleaning and over-treating sensitive, acne-prone skin can actually cause more pimples to form.
Pimples start as blackheads, which are a collection of oils and skin cells that gather in pores and darken when exposed to the air. Blackheads turn into inflamed red pimples when they are irritated (often by scrubbing), and whiteheads form when the infection becomes localized in one spot under the skin.
Attempting to strip the skin of its oils causes it to react by producing more oil, and scrubbing blackheads speeds the inflammation process. In order to subvert this process, choose a cleanser and an exfoliating treatment that contain either salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide, both of which are proven to help treat the oil buildup, inflammation and infection associated with acne.
Do not clean your skin too often (no more than twice a day) and resist the urge to scrub.
When All Else Fails, Call The Doctor
When over-the-counter acne treatment products are ineffective, the dermatologist can prescribe medications that will clear up your acne-prone skin within six months or less. Don't be afraid to take this route to realize the goal eliminating adult acne -- it is possible to have great skin no matter what your age!