It just doesn’t seem fair does it?
Fair or not, on average, two out of every ten adults are dealing with adult-onset acne.
At what age do adults generally have acne?
- Both men and women, ages 20-60 have adult-onset acne.
Are men or women more likely to develop adult-onset acne?
- Although both men and women develop adult acne related to hormonal changes, on average, a higher percentage of women develop adult acne. Women may experience more breakouts during their monthly cycles, pregnancy, when they are peri-menopausal, or with birth control pill changes.
What are some other possible factors in the development of adult acne?
- In addition to hormonal changes, stress is a factor in acne as well. Stress causes your body to produce more oil, which may lead to more acne. Other factors that can cause adult acne include some medications, cosmetics, and even an undiagnosed medical condition.
What is involved in good skin care for acne prevention and treatment?
- A consistent and gentle facial skin care program is very important. Always wash your face twice each day. Remember not to skip your cleansing routine when you are tired or stressed. Wash with cool or warm — not hot — water and use gentle cleansing products. Be sure your cleansing and moisturizing products are oil free and non-comedogenic, which means that they won’t clog your pores. Avoid using abrasive products, brushes, and cloths because the can irritate your skin. You can add some over-the-counter medications to your routine if cleansing alone doesn’t seem to clear up your skin. Do seek advice form a dermatologist if your acne is not improving or if it is getting worse. There are new medications and other treatment options that your doctor can discuss with you.
Do the foods I eat cause or worsen adult acne?
- There is still much controversy regarding whether diet plays a role in acne. There are some recent studies that suggest there are dietary factors that may play a role for some people. There is ongoing investigation and discussion around this topic.