You breezed through your teenage years with a zit or two and never thought about it. Now you look into the mirror in horror. What happened? How is it possible to develop acne in your mid 30’s, isn’t this supposed to happen to teenagers? You find yourself embarrassed and confused.
For some, it may be the simple act of buying a new pillow to sleep on with a clean pillow slip every week so that the acne cycle of reinfection can be broken. There are tiny microorganisms that live in the down or filling of pillows so when you start with a brand new pillow the added hygiene sometimes can assist in the healing process. There are also over the counter anti-fungal creams, anti-bacterial creams and anti-yeast creams that might alleviate the acne.
The unfair fact is that adult acne will affect 25% of men and 50% of women in their adult lives. We know that teenage acne is due to hormonal changes which cause an increase in oil production. The causes of adult acne aren’t as clear. There isn’t just one cause. Acne in adult women can be linked to cosmetic use and some hair products. It can be brought on by the hormonal fluctuations associated with pregnancy. Certain types of prescription medications can cause adult acne. Acne vulgaris which is the type of acne that affects adults generally doesn’t happen after the age of 40. Unlike teenage acne that starts on the forehead and cheek area adult acne tends to show more on your chin, jaw and neck area.
The treatment you receive for your acne will be based on the severity of the acne outbreak. Mild acne outbreaks can be treated with topical and over the counter products that contain benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid or glycolic acid, the same creams that teenagers use. If your acne is more severe your dermatologist may prescribe oral antibiotics. These antibiotics treat the bacteria causes of acne.
Micro dermabrasion and acid peels can be used to help diminish any scarring that might occur with adult acne.