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Updated on March 9, 2016
Acne is often thought of as a teenage dilemma, and while it is true that acne appears most often during the teenage years, it is arguably just as true that there are a growing number of individuals who suffer from adult acne.
Adults in their twenties and all the way up to their fifties can still experience acne flare-ups. Adult acne can have just as many negative effects on a person as teenage acne. Possibly even more so, as the stress of career and family adds to the strain of living with this common skin problem.
Mental stress is one of the most common causes of acne in adults. When dealing with stress the body produces more of a hormone called “androgens”. These hormones stimulate the oil glands and hair follicles in the skin, which can lead to acne. (1) Acne can become an ongoing problem when you are consistently presented with stressful situations.
It is not a surprise that women are often more likely to suffer from adult acne than men. Adult acne can occur anytime from age 20 and on but is very common with women going through menopause. Just as in teens, hormones play an important factor in the onset and exacerbation of adult acne. Fluctuating hormones that usually appear around a woman’s menstrual cycle, pregnancy, peri-menopause, menopause, and when starting or discontinuing and birth control regimen can cause an imbalance leading to acne flare ups.
There are many things linked to adult acne from genetic predispositions, all the way to the hair and skin products you use, and even any medication you may be taking.
Prevention is a great step when dealing with adult acne. A proper diet, paired with plenty of water and rest is a good start. Trying to relieve stress and maintaining a proper skin care routine can help to prevent acne from occurring.
But what if you’re already experiencing acne? There are many treatments available for people who have adult acne or acne in general. Anti-acne medications, chemical peels, and even light therapy are just a few of the many treatments available for acne on the market today. Visiting a qualified doctor or dermatologist is the only way to determine the root cause of your acne and a proper treatment plan that is right for you. Visit us online and consult with one of our board certified Dermatologists’ today. You’ll be on your way to clear skin in no time.