Why Do Adults Get Acne?
Did you know adults get acne too? As we pass into adulthood, many of us feel as though the problems of being a teenager are well in the past. But, for many adults, acne is an issue that isn’t going to go quietly.
In fact, acne is a very common issue in adults of nearly all ages.
Read on to find out why acne strikes well after we leave our teen years behind and what to do in order to keep it in check.
Causes of Acne
Acne is caused by our skin’s pores being blocked by dead skin cells and sebum, our body’s natural oil.
Sometimes, some of the bacteria that is naturally found on the skin is also trapped in the pore, creating an infection.
During puberty, teens produce an increased amount of sebum due to an increase in certain hormones.
For adults, these hormonal changes are most often caused by changes in medications (especially birth-control medication).
However, little is known about why exactly some adults are more prone to breakouts than others.
Studies have shown a strong link to genetics, meaning you will likely experience frequent acne breakouts if either of your parents did.
Other factors that are thought to play a part are greasy cosmetic products or wearing clothing that causes skin irritation.
Types of Acne
There are several different types of acne that affect adults.
One of these, the comedone, is the result of a pore being clogged by sebum.
This forms either a whitehead or a blackhead.
If bacteria is also trapped within the pore, it can cause a different type of acne to form.
Pustules form when the hair follicle is inflamed close to the skin’s surface, while papules form when the wall of the follicle is inflamed deep below the skin.
Deeper, more serious infections can form either nodules (large, solid bumps deep below the skin’s surface) or pus-filled nodules called cysts.
The effect that acne has on someone can run much deeper than the physical symptoms.
Much like teens, adults suffering from acne may also experience problems with self-esteem,
or other emotional problems such as anxiety or depression.
Long-term acne issues are also linked to higher levels of unemployment and divorce.
The severity of the acne doesn’t necessarily go along with the impact it has on a person’s life.
One adult may be very upset by a small breakout, while another may not be concerned at all about a more widespread occurrence.
There are several options to explore when it comes to treating acne.
The most straightforward is to look into over-the-counter acne creams or pads.
There are many different types of products available to suit all kinds of skin issues and types.
The downside to these products is that it could take as long as eight weeks to see any results.
If you aren’t sure which product may be best for you, it may be time to make an appointment with your doctor.
Doctors can recommend a skin treatment based on the severity of the outbreak, from a topical cream or antibiotic to a chemical peel.
Once you’ve treated your acne, the best way to keep it from coming back is to adopt a healthy washing regimen.
Acne isn’t caused by dirt, but could be brought on by skin irritation from too much scrubbing.
So now you know that adults get acne too, so you are not alone!