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8 Causes of adult acne

August 20, 2012 by  
Filed under Causes & Symptoms

The causes of adult acne are often similar to those in adolescents. Some adults who never had acne before may find themselves with a minor poke of pimples. Environmental or physical changes in one’ life can be singled out to explain this phenomenon.

Although the exact causes of adult acne are sometimes difficult to explain, hormonal fluctuations are often to blame. For example, some adult women will suffer from acne during their menstrual cycle. Although hormones are considered the main cause of the manifestation of acne in adults, many others can also explain it. 

Below are eight major causes of acne in adults :

1- Malfunction of one organ or more:  Acne is a problem largely misunderstood by most teenagers and adults who suffer from it.  It is perceived as merely a skin problem so those affected will only see a dermatologist. They assume that the combination of dry cells and sebum blocking the pores of the skin are sole responsible for acne breakouts; the clogged skin pores leading to the accumulation of rubbles eventually resulting in the bacterial infections causing acne. Although this is partly true, this explanation is sometimes not sufficient. The cause of acne can be the accumulation of toxins and wastes in the body that cannot be properly eliminated. The body has several “normal” means to eliminate those toxins, particularly through the liver, colon and small intestine. If any of these organs are not functioning properly toxins can build up and cause acne.

2- Menstruations:  Adult women will often suffer from acne during or shortly before their menstrual cycle.  At that time the level of estrogen drops while the level of progesterone increases. These hormonal changes cause the sebaceous glands to produce more sebum, which in turn results in clogging of the pores of the skin, triggering the appearance of the dreaded acne pimples.

3- Pregnancy:  It is very common for pregnant women to experience episodes of acne. During pregnancy women will be subject to significant hormonal fluctuations. Acne often occurs during the first three months but in some cases minor acne pimples will perdure throughout the pregnancy and even during the lactation period following delivery.  Since pregnant women should avoid medications possibly harmful for the developing fetus, it is important that they see a doctor should acne becomes uncontrollable. Even during the time of lactation they should pay attention to the products they use. After pregnancy women will naturally return to their natural complexion as hormones resume their normal level.

4- Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: Ovary Polycystic Syndrome, also known as “ovarian polycystic disease” is the condition most frequently misdiagnosed in women. The condition affects 6% to 10% percent of all women and most are not even aware they suffer from it.  Irregular or lack of menstruation is the most common symptom of this disease. And when the polycystic syndrome occurs, acne is almost always one of the results. Women with polycystic ovarian disease suffer from serious hormonal imbalances, once they are treated, acne will disappear.

5- Menopause:  Of course acne can also appear at the time of Menopause.  Even though the causes are difficult to explain, hormonal changes are once more singled out. However it is uncommon to suffer from acne beyond the age of 40-50 years old. When the pimples develop they are usually benign and scarce.  They’re still can be a source of embarrassment however. 

6- Medication: Research has shown that certain medications can cause acne. For example, anabolic steroids, some anti-epileptic drugs, and some medications that contain lithium, iodine, isoniade or rifampin can causes acne in adults.

7- Chemicals: Some industrial chemicals can provoke a skin disease known as “chloracne”. This infection is actually acne rash triggered by exposure to industrial, chemicals and herbicides rejects.

8- Physical pressure and friction: Acne in adults can be caused by certain types of recurrent physical pressure on the skin, such as wearing certain orthopedic device (under the jaw), suspenders (backpack), or other items that constantly rub against the skin. This type of acne is called “acne mechanica.”

Whatever the type of acne, the use of adapted skin cleaning products and a healthy lifestyle (exercise and proper diet) greatly helps to improve the situation.  Pregnant women however should always see a doctor before using any product against acne. Should the problem persist and the acne pimples resist any treatment, then it is advisable to see a doctor for a more in-depth examination.

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