Controlling Adult Acne

Adult Acne: How to Control It

Skin Health Hub Skin Conditions Controlling Adult AcneIf you are concerned about ways of effectively controlling adult acne, it might pay to recognize that there can be many triggers which have led to the formation of your acne in the first place.

Understanding your symptoms as well as acknowledging there may be some lifestyle factors contributing to your outbreaks will help you determine a treatment program for controlling adult acne and regaining clear, bright, healthy skin.


What is acne?

Acne is an inflammatory condition that takes place in the sebaceous glands and hair follicles. Changes occur when increased androgens such as testosterone are present. This stimulates the sebaceous glands and causes the glands to over-produce an oily substance called sebum.

Hyperkeratinization (an accelerated cell production within the basal cells lining the follicle) also takes place. This constant shedding of cells from the walls of the follicle combined with an increase in oil flow causes the cells to become “sticky” and eventually block the follicles completely.

Add excessive levels of propionibacterium which produce an inflammatory response in and around the philosebaceous follicle and you have the makings of acne lesions such as papules, pustules, nodules or cysts occurring.

Other factors to consider for controlling acne.

It is now understood that there are other related factors which contribute to the increase of oil production and the formation of acne. Acne can be hereditary, influenced by hormones, aggravated from taking some medications or worsened from increased levels of anxiety or stress.

Ok, so we can’t do much about our genes, and your GP can talk to you about oral contraceptives and other methods to remedy your hormones or alter your medications.

But what about decreasing anxiety and stress in your life? Small amounts of stress can be good for us and stimulating with the release of the hormone adrenalin into the bloodstream.

However when we experience higher than normal levels of stress our body can have adverse reactions.

The good news is there are some very practical ways of reducing your anxiety and stress levels which can not only have a positive effect on controlling adult acne but can improve your psychological and physiological well-being as well.

For further reading on Reducing Stress and Reducing Anxiety.


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