Many people believe acne is a disease exclusive to teens, but this is not the case. Adult acne is not at all uncommon. Though teens are more likely to be sufferers, thousands of adults wake up every morning with blackheads and whiteheads, pimples and blemishes. Official statistics put the total number of adult acne sufferers at about 50% of the total population.
Just about everyone deals with acne at some point in their adult lives.
Causes of adult acne are similar to the causes of teen acne. Adult acne can be caused by hormonal fluctuations, and therefore is a common side effect of pregnancy and menopause.
In addition, there may be other causes of adult acne, including chronic physical pressure on the skin (resting the chin on a hand, for example), the side effect of a drug and even exposure to chlorinated industrial chemicals.
Regardless of the cause, adult acne is a condition of the sebaceous glands. The same strategies used to treat teen acne are effective against adult acne.
The same products that work against teen acne also work for adults. A regular anti acne skin care regimen should be established immediately, including twice-daily cleansing, exfoliation and toning of the affected skin. See below for our ratings of acne products, and remember, even though most acne products are marketed toward teens, they work on adult acne just as well.
A visit to the dermatologist can help to uncover the underlying causes of adult acne. Sometimes, simply removing the cause (in the case of pressure, or a drug side effect) will get rid of adult acne. Other times, the cause is not so immediately subject to remedy and the symptoms of adult acne must be treated.
Remember, you are not alone. Everyone wakes up at some point with an unexpected and unwanted pimple. The important thing to remember is that you have many treatment options available.
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