Adult acne affects 25% of all adult men and 50% of adult women at some time in their adult lives. These are the official statistics, but I personally don't know many adults who have not had a zit or two in their adult lives. People can develop unpleasant acne or have an acne recurrence in there 20s, 30s, 40s and beyond. It can be difficult to cope with no matter your age, and can cause depression and social anxiety in an adult the same way it can in a teen.
Although the causes of adult acne are unknown, it is thought that adult acne may sometimes have hormonal roots. The appropriate adult pimple treatment may involve getting your hormones in check, which requires a trip to your doctor.
There are many adult acne products, however, in my experience, the overall best treatment for adult acne is identical to the best treatment for teen acne, benzoyl peroxide. See the Clear Skin Regimen for a step-by-step program you can use to clear your skin using benzoyl peroxide. Thousands of adults have used the Clear Skin Regimen with great results.
It is important to realize that adult acne is more common than people may think, and adult sufferers are not alone. If you are troubled by adult onset acne, promptly consult your doctor. She or he may have a hormonal adult acne treatment that can help, or read the Clear Skin Regimen and give it a go.
Causes of adult acne and teen acne
There are several times in our lives when our hormones can become unbalanced and wreak havoc, including puberty, pregnancy, menopause, and, well, any other time they feel like it. More specifically, acne may be precipitated by androgens, male hormones present in both men and women. The oil surplus created by these hormones may be instrumental in clogging hair follicles where bacteria grows and causes acne pimples and blemishes. Hormonal acne is seen mostly in women due to the natural cycles a woman goes through, such as menstruation, pregnancy and menopause. Because of this, some birth control pills, in small doses and with other topical remedies, can be used to reduce blemishes by keeping androgens steady. Anyone considering using this type of treatment should consult a physician first.
There is a group of people who support the thought that acne is caused by chocolate and fried foods and it makes the adult acne worse. It is for sure that people who eat a balanced diet improves the general well being and results in good skin and this can prevent the development of acne.
When adult acne is treated in a doctor's office it's called "acne surgery". When done at home, it's called squeezing pimples. It gets immediate results - but when you squeeze pimples at home, you are begging for infection and scars. And squeezing or picking at pimples is a great way to get your acne to spread. Don't do it! Doctors use a special sterile instrument to prevent scarring, infection, and acne spread.
Other acne treatments target the various causes of acne. They're often used in combination. These acne treatments include:
- Azelaic acid cream
- Alpha-hydroxy acids (including glycolic acid, lactic acid, and gluconic acid)
- Benzoyl peroxide
- Topical antibiotics (gels, lotions, and solutions)
- Antibiotic pills (haphazard use may lead to antibiotic resistance)
- Birth control pills for women
- Accutane or Sotret for severe acne