Ack! Adult Acne
Though some people are fortunate enough that their problem skin goes away with their teenage years, adult acne is certainly not uncommon. In fact, acne affects 50 percent of adult women (and 25 percent of adult men) at some point in their grown-up lives. Find out more about it here.
Adult acne causes anxiety
Acne can consist of pimples, as well as deeper cysts and clogged pores (blackheads and whiteheads). Similar to teenage acne, problems with recurring adult acne can lead to social anxiety, depression and low self-esteem. No wonder -- on the fun scale, heading off to work or to a parent-teacher conference with a big zit rates right up there with walking through a restaurant trailing toilet paper or having a "wardrobe malfunction" at the office.
Causes of adult acne
Though the exact causes of acne are unknown, doctors believe that adult acne can be due to a variety of reasons, including:
If you're having recurrent bouts with adult acne which are accompanied by irregular menstrual cycles, consult your physician for hormonal blood testing. He or she should be able to determine if polycystic ovaries (PCOS), adrenal hyperplasia or another condition may be causing your acne problems.
Treatment of adult acne
The goal of a treatment regimen is to heal existing acne, avoid new breakouts, prevent acne scars and reduce the embarrassment associated with these spots that won't stop. To treat adult acne and restore healthy skin, you should commit to a daily cleansing routine, weekly exfoliation and monthly professional treatments.
Once or twice a week, use an exfoliate with alpha-hydroxy acids to clean out your pores. After washing your face, apply a small amount of exfoliating product to clean skin. Massage your face, avoiding sensitive areas around your eyes and mouth. Don't over exfoliate or scrub too hard. Rinse completely with cool water and gently pat your face dry with a clean towel.
Every month, make a trip to the dermatologist or your local spa for a professional facial. A professional can treat your acne with sulfur and zinc masks, as well as do blackhead extractions and recommend at-home treatments.
If you can't afford a professional facial, use something like Biore Self-Heating Mask once or two a week for a spa-like treatment. This clay mask warms on contact with water and works to unclog pores, remove dirt and oil, and help prevent the dreaded blemishes.
How diet relates to acne
While it is a myth that chocolate or greasy foods cause acne, sometimes skin problems can be related to what you eat.
First and foremost when trying to treat and prevent adult acne (as well as a variety of other maladies), drink lots of water. Water will help cleanse your skin from the inside out and rid your body of toxins. Drinking eight glasses of water a day will not only help acne, but is also great for your overall health.