Acne breakouts are most associated with teenagers, but getting older doesn’t mean you will automatically see acne problems disappear.
In fact, acne can strike adults who are far removed from high school. Acne treatments that you turned to as a teenager may not work at all when you are an adult, and in many cases, can make your adult acne even worse.
At Dermatology Associates, P.C. in Norwood, Foxboro and Franklin, we can help adults treat their acne so they don’t have to worry about breakouts. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, contact Dermatology Associates today.
There are reasons adult get acne, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.
Some adults will continue to battle acne problems, even into their 30s, 40s and 50s. Some people who never had acne problems as teenagers find themselves facing breakouts for the first time as adults.
This is known as adult-onset acne, and it is very common in women who are experiencing menopause.
Typically, women are more apt to suffer from adult acne than men. If you are an adult suffering from acne breakouts, the following are the likely culprits:
- Changing hormone levels: Hormone imbalances can cause breakouts. Women often experience these imbalances around their periods, when pregnant or during peri-menopause and menopause. Acne also can come after women stop or start taking birth control pills.
- Stress: Experts believe stress can lead to acne breakouts. When responding to stress, we produce more androgens. These hormones in turn stimulate hair follicles and oil glands, which often leads to acne flaring up.
- It runs in the family: Does your mother, father, brother or sister suffer from acne? Studies indicate many people may be genetically predisposed for acne. Those who have this family history appear more likely to suffer from adult acne.
- Skin care and hair products: If you are an adult with acne, take the time to read the labels on skin care and hair products that you use. Be sure one of these terms are on the label: Non-comedogenic, non-acnegenic, oil-free, does not clog pores. Check to make sure your moisturizer, sunscreen, cleanser, and other products have one of these terms on the label. These items are less likely to cause acne.
- Side effects of medication: Acne can be a side effect of some of the medicines you may be taking. If you think one of your medicines may be leading to acne or making it worse, you can still take the medicine. But discuss it with your doctor and ask if acne is among the drug’s potential side effects. If it is, ask your doctor if you can switch to a different medication. If you can’t switch to another medicine, you may want to schedule a visit with Dermatology Associates to help you control your acne.
- Undiagnosed medical conditions: Acne can be a symptom of an underlying medical condition you may have, but are unaware of. Once that medical condition is diagnosed is treated, acne will often disappear.