When you think of acne, the awkward teenage years might spring to mind. But, what happens when those pimples decide to set up camp on your face well into adulthood? Like an uninvited guest that just won’t leave, adult acne can be frustrating and bewildering. But don’t fret, this blog is your trusty guide through the bewildering world of adult acne.
What is Adult Acne?
Just like those pesky door-to-door salespeople, adult acne knocks on the doors of men and women who are well past their teenage years. It’s basically the same old acne, but it happens to folks aged 25 and up. Why does it show up fashionably late? The reasons are more diverse than a box of assorted chocolates.
The Whys and Wherefores
Hormones Gone Haywire
One prime suspect in the adult acne mystery is hormones. You know, those chemical messengers that seem to have a mind of their own. Fluctuations, especially in women’s hormones, can lead to excess oil production. This is often why some women get acne around their menstrual cycle and why some hormonal contraceptives can make things worse.
Stress: The Sneaky Culprit
We all know that stress is like that frenemy who never brings good news. When stress levels rise, so does the production of androgens, a type of hormone. And guess what? These hormones can stimulate oil glands and hair follicles leading to acne.
Your Skin Care Routine
Sometimes even your skincare routine can betray you. Using the wrong products or overdoing it can irritate your skin or clog your pores. Like overpacking a suitcase until it bursts, clogged pores can lead to acne.
Medications and Health Conditions
Certain medications, including ones for depression or epilepsy, can unleash the acne monster. Plus, some health conditions or hormonal disorders can have adult acne as an unwelcome side effect.
Weapons in Your Anti-Acne Arsenal
Know Thy Enemy
Understanding your skin type is the first step in your epic battle against adult acne. Consult a dermatologist to work out a personalised plan for your skin.
Retinoids to the Rescue
These vitamin A derivatives are like those action heroes that save the day. They can unclog pores and prevent dead skin cells from becoming the villains that cause acne.
Consider using spot treatments containing salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. These help to unclog the pores and remove some of the excess oils from the skin.
Gentle Skincare Products
Use mild cleansers and make sure any product you use is ‘non-comedogenic’ – that’s the fancy term for “won’t clog pores”.
Eating a balanced diet, managing stress, and exercising can be as rejuvenating as that spa day you always dream of.
Prescription Acne Treatments
Sometimes, the measures you can take at home aren’t enough. If that happens the doctors at Freyja Medical are here to help. Book an appointment here.
The Silver Lining
Remember, you’re not alone in this battle. Adult acne is common, and with the right tools and advice, you can fight back. Think of your skincare routine as your suit of armour and your dermatologist as the wise sage guiding you through the quest.
Ready to say “checkmate” to adult acne? Armed with knowledge and a sprinkling of determination, you’re all set to reclaim the kingdom of your skin!