Adult acne affects 25% of men and 50% of women at some point in their adult lives. People can develop unpleasant acne and continue to have recurrences in their 20s, 30s, 40s or beyond. Nowadays, dermatologists are treating more adult acne patients than in previous decades. The International Journal of Cosmetic Science 2004 stated, “Recent epidemiological studies show that there appears to be an increase in post-adolescent acne, and that the disease is lasting longer and is requiring treatment well into the mid forties.” Regardless of age, dealing with acne can be a struggle and may possibly lead to depression and social anxiety. However, the more you know about it, the better.
What’s the Cause?
Causes of adult acne are attributed to, but not limited to: hormones, cosmetics, stress, and an increase of resistant bacteria. Hormones can cause the sebaceous glands in your body to overact and is most likely related to birth control pills. Careless use of cosmetics can lead to bacteria-laden pores. Stress causes your oil glands to overcompensate.
Good news for all the chocolate and junk food lovers out there: skin care experts say that acne is not caused by any specific food, including French fries, chocolate candy, soda or potato chips. The other myth you’ve probably heard is that eating greasy food causes your skin to produce more oil. Other than it being unhealthy, greasy food will not cause oily skin.
How To Treat It
The key in treating adult acne is to know that it is not like teen acne. Most acne medications are geared to teenagers’ oily skin, which is a bad choice for drier adult skin. The best recommendation is to have a trial-and-error approach and experiment with cleansers, creams and lotions, prescription medications, or high-tech solutions.
You’re Not Alone… Consult Your Doctor
Most people wait it out before seeking professional help, when in reality, your doctor or dermatologist can help you treat adult acne faster than you’d think. Of course, there are over-the-counter remedies you can try at home, but don’t feel hesitant to see your dermatologist who can prescribe just what you need.
Professionals can also help remind you to keep a healthy diet. A natural diet consists of fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains, and lean protein. This will help create a healthy body, in turn creating healthy, clear skin. Like we said, eating junk foods won’t cause acne, but at the same time, eating healthy foods will help prevent your chance with adult acne.