It’s just not fair – who would ever think we would be worrying about acne breakouts at the same time we are trying to find the latest, greatest anti-aging regimen? But not only does it happen, it is a common problem for men and women, although more often women, as we reach forty and beyond. Dermatologists call this “adult-onset acne,” and it can be every bit as frustrating and embarrassing as teenage breakouts.
Factors that can trigger breakouts in adults.
hormones. One significant factor in adult acne breakouts is fluctuating hormone levels. This can be a problem for women throughout several stages of life. A woman’s hormones naturally fluctuate around their periods, after discontinuing or starting birth control pills, during pregnancy, as well as during perimenopause and menopause.
stress. Researchers have found a connection between increased stress levels and adult acne flare-ups. Under stressful conditions our bodies produce more of a type of hormones called androgens. These hormones stimulate the oil glands and hair follicles in the skin, which can lead to clogged pores and acne breakouts.
family history. Research suggests that some people may have a genetic predisposition for acne. Having a close blood relative, such as a parent, brother or sister with acne, can signal that we also may be more likely to struggle with the condition.
hair and skin care products. Some ingredients can be problematic for acne-prone skin, so read the labels of skin care and hair care products and look for those with the following descriptive terms: non-comedogenic; non-acnegenic; oil-free; and won’t clog. Moisturizers, cleansers, sunscreens and other products used on or around your face with these claims should be less likely to cause acne.
medication side effects. Some medications can cause acne breakouts. Before discontinuing a medicine you are taking that you suspect may be causing or aggravating your acne, talk to the doctor who prescribed it. Ask if acne is a known side effect and if there is a different medication you can take.
If acne is an ongoing problem for you, see a dermatologist. There are a number of treatments that may be prescribed that can help to control or reduce the incidence of your breakouts. It is unlikely that the same treatment you had as a teen will continue to be effective. As your skin changes, so should your skin care regimen and any treatment for problem skin. Instead of the drugstore or cosmetic counter trial and error technique for acne treatment you are much better off talking to a medical professional who can assess your problem and offer viable solutions. With a dermatologist’s help and a bit of patience, virtually every case of acne can be controlled.
Your face is the first thing people see when they meet you. Don’t fight adult acne flare-ups alone.
how to find a dermatologist Whether you want to get rid of adult acne or you’re curious about the latest in anti-aging technology, choosing a dermatologist can sometimes be as daunting as the skin problems that plague you. Simplify the search by paying attention to these five guidelines when shopping around. Do a free online search to be sure that a prospective dermatologist is board certified by the American Board of Dermatology. Any doctor with a medical degree can start a dermatology practice, but board certified dermatologists have additional years of supervised study and have passed rigorous exams.
Still need help? The website of the American Academy of Dermatology provides a link to help you find a dermatologist in your area at www.aad.org.
Source: The American Academy of Dermatology