“I’m a 40-year-old woman… Why am I still getting zits?” This is a question we hear frequently from clients. Waking up in the morning and seeing a new pimple isn’t just for teenagers. Adult acne is, unfortunately, a problem for many people. There are some similarities between adult and adolescent acne, including causes and treatments. Adult acne, however, does have some unique qualities that can make it a little more frustrating. That’s why this article is all about adult acne.
WHAT CAUSES ADULT ACNE?
Sometimes referred to as “post-adolescent acne”, adult acne occurs after age 25. Generally, there are four factors that are a direct cause of acne, no matter your age:
- Excess oil production
- Clogged pores
You need to figure out two things (1) which of the above factors is leading to your acne, and then (2) why you’re experiencing it. For example: excess oil production can be caused by stress, hormones and menstrual cycles. Skin care products, makeup, even hair products can clog pores. Inflammation is often related to your diet. Some medications can also cause acne, including lithium, anabolic steroids, and corticosteroids.
IS YOUR ACNE A SIGN OF A BIGGER PROBLEM?
Many skin conditions, including acne can be a symptom of a systemic condition. For example, if these pimples are new and you’ve also gained some weight and are battling irregular menstrual cycles, then you may be experiencing polycystic ovarian syndrome. That’s why, if you’re concerned about its sudden appearance or the amount of adult acne, it’s a good idea to speak to your doctor about it.
HOW COVID-19 IS AFFECTING YOUR ACNE
Better known as “Maskne”, this is acne caused from wearing a mask. Unfortunately, wearing a mask is more important than preventing pimples, so we can’t eliminate them from our lives. However, there are things we can do that will help our maskne. Perioral Dermatitis is a type of acne that flares particularly around the mouth and nose. Experts believe the high rates of perioral dermatitis are caused by wearing a mask while we’re stressed out from the pandemic, which creates a moisture-rich environment for bacteria to proliferate. Experts recommend washing your mask every day to help prevent the oil and bacteria from building up.
Treatments for acne will vary, depending on the cause and it’s severity. Some of the most successful treatments:
- TOPICAL TRETINOIN: works by turning over skin cells much quicker than your body is doing on it’s own. This prevents clogged pores. You’ll be happy to hear that using this topical doesn’t just get rid of acne, but it’s been proven to treat fine lines and wrinkles.
- ISOTRETINOIN: is a pill taken by mouth. It’s used mainly for severe acne. It’s recommended that women who are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant soon should not take isotretinoin as it can cause substantial harm to a fetus.
- SPIRONOLACTONE: is another medication that treats hormonally driven acne. Like birth control pills, it’s used to keep testosterone levels in check and reduce or eliminate pimples.
- PHOTODYNAMIC THERAPY: is a light-based treatment usually done in a dermatologist’s office. It can sometimes treat acne itself but is usually used to help correct post-inflammatory pigment changes.
- SKIN CARE PRODUCTS: preferably non-irritating products that are gentle on your face. Any harsh products can make matters worse.
The Wellness Route has helped many men and women in the GTA reduce their acne and improve the appearance of their skin afterwards. The best part is, we come to you for your treatment; many clients love being able to stay home for their facial and spa services, which is why we’re proud to offer this convenience.