Adult-onset acne is the bane of many. Usually starting in your twenties, most usually present in women, and seemingly untreatable, adult acne is frustrating and painful. The treatments that worked in the past or for friends can be useless (or in severe cases, make acne worse).
What is Adult-Onset Acne?
Lasting even into our 50s, adult-onset acne is usually caused by one of the following reasons:
- Hormone Changes: Many people, women specifically, experience frequent changes in hormones, sometimes leading to an imbalance.
- Stress: Researches have found that the relationship between stress and acne is more realistic than we previously thought. Our bodies produce more androgens in response to stressful situations, and these hormones stimulate the oil glands and hair follicles, leading to some types of acne.
- Family History: As much as we’d love to leave the past in the past, our family health history plays a big role in our genetic predisposition to acne. Those with a close relative who struggled with acne are likely to have adult acne.
- Hair and Skin Products: If you’re looking for something to blame, try the ingredients in your shampoo, face wash, or perfume. Ensure that your moisturizer, cleanser, and sunscreen all specify that they’re non-comedogenic. And keep in mind that even natural products (like the cult-favorite coconut oil) can cause serious breakouts.
- Medication: Unfortunately, the medication we need may come with a nasty side effect–adult acne. If you’re suspicious that your medication is at the root of your troubles, talk with a dermatologist or your doctor to seek out remedies or a medication change.
- Medical Conditions: Sometimes, acne is a sign of a more extensive medical issue or an allergy. If you think you may have something bigger at play, talk to your doctor.
- Damaging Treatments: If you’ve been treating your acne on your own, there’s a chance that you’re doing more harm than good. Don’t even use harsh soaps, aggressive scrubs, or DIY chemical peels on your skin.
If you’ve exhausted the list above and can’t seem to pinpoint what’s causing your acne, it’s time to visit a dermatologist and look into more proactive treatments. You don’t have to suffer from adult acne.
Adult Acne Help
Effective treatments for your adult acne are available. If you’re working with a dermatologist, consult with them regarding how to safely and effectively treat your acne. If you’re suffering from adult acne and want to address the issue once and for all, with effective treatments, contact us today. At Tallman Medical Spa, we know how important having clear skin is toward putting your best self out there. We want to help you feel confident and free in your own skin, not like you have to hide.