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Hopefully you are all hard at work and enjoying success and good health. So, how many of you still suffer from acne? Many of us still have skin problems into our 30s, 40s, and even 50s. People can even develop acne for the first time during adulthood, which is otherwise known as adult-onset acne. Adult acne mostly affects women and is often so upsetting that it can lead to depression, poor body image, and low self-esteem.
Acne occurs when hair follicles become plugged up with oil and dead skin cells. There are many factors that can cause this to occur:
- Fluctuating hormone levels, which occur before periods, during pregnancy, after starting or stopping birth control pills, and during menopause, can lead to acne.
- Stress can result in an increased production of androgens, which stimulate oil glands in our skin.
- Genetics or family history. If your parents had trouble with acne into adulthood then most likely so do you.
- Skin care products often contain oil and can clog pores. Acne- prone individuals should always read skin product labels and look for claims such as: “non-comedogenic”, “non-acnegenic”, “oil-free” and/or “won’t clog pores.”
- Underlying illnesses. Persistent acne can be a sign of an undiagnosed disease.
- Medications side effects. Drugs containing corticosteroids, androgens and lithium are associated with acne.
- Skin irritation or rubbing can worsen acne. Avoid the use of overly drying and harsh abrasive cleansers.
Adult acne requires an individualized approach and is often not easy to treat. Women suffering from persistent acne should talk to a dermatologist about treatment options for adults. Often, people find that acne medications that worked for them as teenagers are not effective on their adult acne. Treatment of acne requires a significant amount of patience and persistence but almost any acne condition can be successfully treated.
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