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Acne is not only a teenagers’ problem !

August 20, 2012 by  
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Adults from their twenties to their fifties can suffer from acne. Even though this skin disease affects mostly teenagers, an outbreak of pimples can occur passed adolescence.

While it is true that teenagers are more susceptible to have acne, more and more adults suffer from it.  Acne in adults can have very negative effects for it is often perceived as an unsightly skin problem that can seriously affect both personal and professional life.

Stress can be a major cause of acne in adults; and women are more likely to suffer from acne than men. It is explained by the fact that women are exposed to more hormonal changes than men (menstrual cycle, pregnancy, and menopause). In addition, the constant struggle to conciliate work and family is a source of intense stress for working women.  As is the case for teens, hormones are a major factor in the onset and exacerbation of adult acne.

Some environmental factors, coupled with personal lifestyle can also play an important role in the development of acne. A poor diet or behaviors such as smoking and drinking alcohol can often contribute to a deterioration of the skin and weaken its defense against the bacteria commonly found in our environment. Sometimes the appearance of acne is caused by an environmental factor, such as working near or handling certain chemicals. Acne can also be caused by mechanical friction, for example the constant rubbing of a brace or the sling of a backpack (acne mechanica). In order to treat acne, it is important to know the cause. When in doubt, doctor and dermatologist are the most qualified to determine the cause and prescribe the appropriate treatment.

Prevention is one of the best possible means to treat acne in adults. A proper diet, large intake of water, adequate rest and a good sleep, combine with effective skin hygiene will greatly help to prevent and cure acne. Regular exercise also helps to reduce the effects of stress on the body and therefore the risk of adult acne.

If despite prevention acne shows up, then same anti-acne products recommended for teenagers can also be used to treat pimples in adults. Cleaning the skin morning and night with a mild soap specifically designed to treat acne will generally help to relieve the skin and cure the pimples.  Creams and anti-acne lotion can also be used side by side to quickly address the problem.  During treatment, it is essential to avoid wearing too much makeup, especially foundations and oil-based powders that contribute to clog the pores of the skin and imprison rubbles and bacteria. Even when the skin is healthy, it is best to favor water based makeup. If the OTC products fail to cure acne, it is then necessary to consult a doctor or a dermatologist.


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