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I’m Too Old For Acne! (I thought)

acneAdult acne stinks. Here we are, safely out of the awkward teen years, and BAM! we’re smack dab in the cycle again. Weren’t we supposed to grow out of this madness?

According to WebMD Magazine, skin problems afflict almost everyone growing up, but some never outgrow it. Jonette Keri, MD, PhD, assistant professor of dermatology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and chief of dermatology at the Miami VA Medical Center estimates that nearly 30% of women and 20% of men ages 20 to 60 (and beyond) are troubled by breakouts.

Adult acne is caused by sebum, an oily substance produced by the skin’s sebaceous glands. Sebum clogs pores, which attract bacteria and become inflamed. For some adults, breakouts are a result of hypersensitivity or overproduction of androgens (male hormones). But an imbalance in both male and female hormones (estrogen) can also cause breakouts. For women, this can happen during pregnancy, perimenopause, and menopause. Some medications, such as corticosteroids, and cosmetics can also contribute to the development of acne. So how do we treat adult acne? It can be tricky. Most acne medications are geared to teens’ oily skin. Effective treatment often requires a trial-and-error approach that takes time, Keri says.

  • Avoid too-strong gels and products containing beads or granules, which are abrasive and can irritate and worsen sensitive skin.
  • Prevent discoloration and fade acne scars with products that contain salicylic acid.

Believe it or not, there’s a trick to skillful face washing. To start, try to keep your face clean during the day.  Then wash your face twice daily with the cleanser (if your skin is dry, try using water the second time). Use only warm water (hot water is drying). Wash for just 1-2 minutes (more can irritate your skin). And use your hands instead of a rough washcloth. (If you must wash with a cloth, choose one made for babies, so it’s as soft as possible.)

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