Teenage And Adult Acne


Teenage acne is caused by normal hormone changes, which increase the production of the oil sebum that is produced by the oil or sebaceous glands. The sebum flows from the sebaceous glands and the hormones also act to block the opening of the oil ducts, thus producing blackheads and whiteheads. In your teens, the acne bacteria grow more rapidly within the sebaceous glands and produce the inflammation and redness that characterize the condition. It can, however, continue into adult life or return after an absence of many years, often precipitated by triggers such as stress or irritated skin. 

Acne isn’t just a condition that happens to teenagers during puberty. Adult acne, like rosacea, is credibly common in the twenties and thirties. It is caused by the declining feminizing hormones and increased masculinizing hormones during menopause. It’s not usually caused by stress. Sometimes, too, certain medications or cosmetics can trigger acne, although it should clear right up once the trigger is eliminated. 

Though it may look the same, adult acne needs to be treated differently from the teenage acne. This is to prevent dryness and irritation on the skin. As most of the acne treatments available OTC are formulated for teens, who tend to have very oily skin along with acne.

To treat acne most effectively yet gently, start by using OTC anti-acne remedies, which ingredients should be gentle enough to use everyday without drying or irritating your skin. Gentle home exfoliation is also an excellent idea. You may also try switching to a milder cleanser and/or start using oil-free moisturizer. If after four to six weeks, you are still not pleased with the results, you should consult a dermatologist for prescription treatment.

Always remember never to pick on it, you’ll just make them worse. Scubbing skin doesn’t help too, it may cause further irritation.

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