All about Adult Acne


Adult acne can be rather daunting, especially if this is all new to you, but don’t worry, you’re not alone. Recent statistics indicate that adult acne is pretty common. These current calculations show that nearly 30% of women and 20% of men ages 20 to 60 are troubled by acne breakouts. If you’re female and experiencing adult acne, it may be the result of a dramatic shift in hormones. Heredity also plays a factor in this condition. Take the first step to a clear face by reading on.

What Causes Acne?

We have pores, or tiny holes, all over our skin. Inside these pores are oil glands that secrete this oily substance known as sebum. When these pores become clogged, they are more susceptible to becoming infected. This blockage becomes an issue when bacteria begin to take precedence and cause further skin irritation. Many substances can cause this blockage, such as: dirt, dry skin flakes, oil, and even oil from your hair. The good bacteria (which helps your skin fight off this infection) sends a group of armored white blood cells to do just that.

Is it the Food?
You probably aren’t aware that the ever so endearing term, “Pizza Face” (no doubt given to you by that special someone) is not a result of a menu of greasy and sugary foods. Unless you’re the type of person who enjoys a meal by taking the dish and bathing your face it in, your diet isn’t causing the outbreaks. Currently, there isn’t any conclusive scientific data to back up that age-old myth that greasy foods and sugars cause an outbreak of cellular mutations on your skin, but please note if you notice a correlative pattern between an increase in acne and an increase in the amount in the aforementioned food, it may be wise to adopt a new, healthier diet. 

Acne Types

Acne is classified in two types; they are either comedones or inflammatory lesions.  Comdones are blackheads and white heads. Inflammatory lesions (an abnormality in the tissue of an organism) include pimples, pustules, nodules and cysts. All these lovely tissue abnormalities in a conjoined effort can really cause physical and emotional pain.

Adult Acne Treatment

Some sources say to wash your face once at night and rinse in the morning, while the majority of acne experts claim that two daily facial scrubs will reduce acne. Begin with washing your face and give it some time for results. Also, keep in mind that acne thrives off of dirt and foreign subjects; so don’t touch your face!  

When washing your face is not the answer, it may be a good idea to see your physician, who may just prescribe you a medicated cream containing benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, or alpha-hydroxy acid. The majority of these creams are available over-the-counter, but do not have the strength as the prescribed ones do.  Sometimes hair follicles can clog a pore (ingrown hairs) and irritate the skin. For this problem, try a vitamin A based cream or a retinoid. If the problem is a hormonal issue, a different or new birth control pill may be the solution.