Adult Acne

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Acne is most often considered a rite of passage for teenagers but many adults find themselves facing an outbreak of acne from time to time, also.

What is adult acne, anyway?

Oftentimes, adult acne is merely a continuation of the condition that plagued your teenage years and it will most likely go away during your 20s. You might consider treating it with the same regimen you used when you were younger.

Adult women may notice outbreaks at regular intervals during their menstrual cycle. Hormonal changes that occur when birth control pills are taken or stopped and any dose or formulation changes can trigger an outbreak, too.

Sometimes an unexplained outbreak of pimples is the first sign of pregnancy. Older women experiencing the effects of menopause may find that acne is a part of that phase in life.

What is adult acne that may affect men?

Hormonal changes occur during an adult male’s life also and these changes can cause acne. Steroid drugs can trigger an outbreak so anyone seriously involved with bodybuilding or endurance athletics is at risk of acne if steroids are taken to enhance performance. Of course, performance enhancing steroid use isn’t limited to male athletes.

A change in climate may trigger adult-onset acne attacks. Moving to or visiting an environment that is hot and humid that causes a heavy amount of perspiration may bring on acne symptoms. Leaving the climate or allowing the time for the body to adjust to this new, muggy, climate may be all that’s necessary to put an end to the outbreak.

Adults tend to take more medications, prescription or otherwise, than younger people do. There are side effects and drug interactions associated with all medications and acne may be a result

To end the acne, consider changing dosages or medications but do so only with your prescribing physician’s consent and guidance. Sometimes it just takes a while for the body to adjust to the new medication and the acne and any other minor side effects will go away without treatment.

Treating acne in adults usually calls for the same measures as treating acne in an adolescent or teenager. Start with products as mild as possible and consult a reputable dermatologist if the situation calls for more potent measures.

Med-Help is for informational purposes and should not be considered medical advice, diagnosis or treatment recommendations.

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