Adult Acne: How it occurs & how to treat them?
Adult acne is a skin problem that you can face between the ages of 40 to 50. So how do identify that you have adult acne? The first sign of adult acne is that it will appear in your C-Zone. Adult acne presents itself as a tenderness that can start 5 to 7 days before you see an actual pimple on the skin. It gets really red and painful. It may not even become a pustule like teenage acne and just remain there for quite some time, hurting you, and then subside leaving behind a dark mark.
> Why do you get adult acne?
Hormonal fluctuation is the culprit. It can be stress related as well. Other signs of hormonal fluctuation include breast tenderness, your menstrual cycle going all haywire, and abnormal hair growth on your chin and other facial areas. Then you know that there’s something wrong going on with your hormones. It is usually sporadic.
Alterations in the level of female and male hormones can lead to stimulation of sebaceous glands and hair growth on your face. You might also notice some on your back and chest. These hormones also reduce BMR which increases your tendency to put on weight around your belly. What happens is this—your excess female hormones are converted into male hormones in the peripheral fat which further harms the skin and affects the metabolism of body fat.
The other factor that can trigger adult acne is your thyroid. If you have a family history of thyroid abnormality or going through a stressful situation, then you have higher chances of sprouting pimples. Both these situations can be brought under control; all you need to do is visit your endocrinologist.
Yet another cause could be wrong cosmetic products or make up and any other medication that you may be on. In such a case all you need to do is to stop the application of your beauty product, make up, or medication. Slowly reintroduce them one by one to find out the trigger to the skin irritation. Then go and consult your doctor.
> What do you do to deal with it?
You could simply start off with yoga and exercise to make sure that happy hormones are released. It can go a long way in calming you from the inside which then shows on the outside.
At home, start regulating your skincare regime—pick a face wash that matches your needs, regulate your night cream, and check your sunscreen. Start your at-home care with a Salicylic Acid or Benzoyl Peroxide cream. Eat a balanced diet with anti-inflammatory ingredients. You can also take oral anti-inflammatory medication, EFA, and antioxidants.
> At your skin doctor’s
First get the right medication to regulate your hormones. Then go for gentle peels. You can also opt for certain lasers and light therapy.