Dealing with Adult Acne

How To Deal with Adult Acne

More and more adults report that they are dealing with adult acne and are enduring the challenges of oily and acne skin conditions. Why is this so? It is believed that between 40 and 55 percent of the adult population aged between 20 and 40 are diagnosed with low grade, persistent acne and oily skin.

Skin Health Hub Skin Conditions Dealing with Adult AcneWith 54 percent of women older than age 25 reporting to have some form of facial acne clinical researchers believe that acne arising in adulthood is more likely to be inflammatory presenting predominantly around the mouth, chin and jawline and is likely to occur in adults who have a sensitized skin, or a combination of skin conditions.

Why is Adult Acne on the Rise?

Adult acne can be aggravated by internal and external factors. The primary aggravating factor leading to adult acne is believed to be chronic stress. Although acute stress can cause a breakout from time to time, chronic, continual stress can be far worse. Chronic stress is known to increase hormone levels, which can lead to an increase in oil production and the psychological effects of appearance of adult acne only contributes to the continued cycle of breakouts.

Another reason why adult acne is believed to be on the rise in women is because of the additional responsibilities that have increased over recent generations. Wanting to “have it all” has meant that women’s roles have expanded from that of motherhood and home-maker to career women, plus wife, mother and home maker.

The pressure of combining work place stress with household responsibilities is unique to this generation of women in their 20s, 30s and 40s but it poses the question of whether this could simply be adding to women’s stress levels.

Controlling Adult Acne

Today more than ever before chronic stress is being recognized as being the trigger for adult acne.

Taking the oral contraceptive could be a solution as oral contraceptives contain estrogen and progestin, which helps to decrease the androgen activity responsible for adult acne.

Taking a specific type of steroid, such as prednisone, to reduce the stress related hormone reaction could also provide relief from continued flare-ups.

While often effective, most medications have side effects and any kind of prolonged use of taking steroids or the oral contraceptive can have adverse effects on your health. That is why it is important you speak with your General Practitioner or Dermatologist about your skin concerns and dealing with adult acne. They will help you

Discussing your symptoms as well as your lifestyle will assist them in outline a professional treatment program and/or a home care regimen that will help control your adult acne and restore your skin to health.

For more information read our article on Stress and Your Skin.

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