Acne can be an annoying skin condition to deal with—though let's face it, for many of us, it's far worse than annoying as it leaves us to deal with scarring and more. We may feel even more frustrated if this skin condition cleared up after puberty, only to later reappear in our 20s, 30s, or 40s. How is that even possible? And what can be done?
Researchers have found adult acne is strikingly different from adolescent acne. The distinctions range from the ways the blemishes manifest to why they're happening in the first place. So the good news is, it's not the same acne you had as a teen. The bad news is...yeah, if you have adult acne, you're dealing with something very different. There are even different types of pimples to contend with. But let's start with causes because even those are different. For example, more adults with acne smoke than adolescents with the same skin condition.
In addition to smoking, our genes are among the causes of adult acne. But don't lose hope. Genetic causes don't mean that it's got to be this way forever. Other causes include clogged pores, bacteria on the skin, an overproduction of oil and skin inflammation.
Additional factors that may contribute to or cause adult acne include:
If you are concerned that your medication may contribute to your acne, be sure to talk to your doctor before changing your dosage or stopping any medication.
Adult acne treatments range from home remedies that tackle the root causes such as those listed above to various over-the-counter (OTC) acne products to medications prescribed by a dermatologist.
Home remedies include:
OTC adult acne products include:
Prescription medications for adult acne may include:
We may feel tempted to apply and swallow every home remedy at once, along with buying up all the OTC products. But the key to successful treatment of adult acne is to choose one likely remedy and to give it a chance to work. Experiment with just one product at a time. Of course, a dermatologist is likely to simplify the process and help you get to the root cause faster, so you may want to start there. But in the meantime, we hope these ideas help.
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