During the adolescent years, everyone always wants to be a grown up. Adulthood is very alluring; adults do not have to deal with loads of tedious homework, they do not have to deal with annoying, boring teachers and most especially they do not have to deal with the dreaded acne outbreaks. However, it is simply false to believe that acne is restricted to the adolescent years and only affects teenagers. In fact, acne is quite common in later life. Around one quarter of adult men and as many as half of all adult women, all around the age of 30 and 50 years are likely to suffer from adult acne. Consequently, demand for adult acne treatment is on the rise and physicians frequently deal with it providing the best products for adult acne as well as offer good advice. Therefore, there is no need to panic or lose self-esteem when the acne occurs as this is quite normal and treatable.
What causes adult acne?
Adult acne may arise due to several factors apart. Apart from the general hormonal changes or hormonal imbalance, adult acne may be caused by stress, pregnancy, menopause and or HRT. Adults who use a lot of cosmetic products also tend to be at risk of adult acne. Another likely cause is due to the resistance of bacteria causing acnes to common antibiotics. However, whatever the cause of adult acne, it can be cured and totally eliminated.
If you have adult acne, there is no need to worry. There are several treatments that one can choose from and the best treatment for adult acne is to take antibiotics. Antibiotics can expedite the healing process of the acne but their long-term use can cause the wearing of your body’s immune system and at worse, it can destroy the intestinal flora in your body and in so doing trigger the occurrence of Candida or yeast-type infections.
Adult acne treatment
For adults who suffer from this skin problem routine cleansing and moisturizing of the face is important. One must, however avoid picking and rubbing the skin along with the use of skin products that contain harsh ingredients. Whether a product is natural or not it should be gentle on your skin and should be one that cleanses acne from the inside. Topical acne or oral treatments can be used for adults who are suffering from mild to severe acne. Systemic therapy is used in adults who have extremely severe cases of acne. Some of these oral antibiotics and oral contraceptives used in the treatment of adult acne include isotretinoin, interlesional, corticosteroid injections.
Your diet directly affects your acne. Apart from avoiding fast-foods and processed food several minerals such as zinc and chromium are the key elements in curing acne. Eat lots of vegetables and fruits because they contain high quantities of chromium and zinc. Omega-3 oil has been highly used over the last couples of years as a treatment for acne as well. It can be either consumed in foods (generally fish) or Omega-3 tablets. Drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated throughout the day and not only, but to flush away all the toxins in your body.
Another proven method to eliminate acne in the adulthood is the laser treatment but it’s quite costly and not many people can afford it. Consult your dermatologist before choosing to go to a laser treatment.
Alpha Hydroxyl acid, also known as ascorbic acid is highly used in most lotions for acne. The ascorbic acid reduces the production of sebum oil in your skin and decreases the chances of future eruptions. Alpha hydroxyl has high rejuvenating properties and it helps your body to get rid of the dead cells, therefore you will have less irritation on your face. This type of treatment is used in more severe cases, but it can be used by anyone that is affected by acne.
The first products to try are likely to be medications based on benzoyl peroxide. These are very good for controlling the severity of the outbreak and also help to minimize the likelihood of scarring later. Various concentrations are available, the advice normally given is to try the lowest concentration products first as they have the mildest side effects such as skin irritation and dryness.
The retinoid treatments such as Retinol, Tretinoin and Adapalene have the additional benefit of antibiotic action. In severe cases, the health practitioner may recommend a systemic antibiotic. Often, though, the physician may be reluctant to prescribe antibiotics. This is because there is now good evidence that the specific bacteria involved are becoming resistant to antibiotic treatment and over-prescription only worsens the problem.
Mild to moderate adult acne can be effectively treated using preparations based on azelaic acid. Azelaic acid products include Acnederm, Azelex and Finacea. The concentration is usually 20%. These products are less irritating than retinoids but they may affect skin pigmentation by lightening it.
Women suffering from acne sometimes find that hormone treatment is very effective. The hormones present in some contraceptive products counteract the androgens (male sex hormones) that are responsible for acne. Thus birth control products may be prescribed as an option, except of course for pregnant women and nursing mothers.
Other products used to treat adult acne include:
Clearasil Stay Clear Vanishing Adult Acne Treatment Care– This cream can be applied to the surface with acne or it can be applied to the entire surface to annihilate the current acne spots and prevent any acne formation in the future. This cream though has a very drying effect on your face and should therefore be used simultaneously with a moisturizer.
Neutrogena On-The-Spot Acne Treatment Vanishing Formula– This is a treatment cream that uses lower levels of benzoyl peroxide to prevent the skin from entirely drying out, but this does not mean that the affectivity of the cream is lessened. It is still effective in curing acne and also contains a component that helps absorb excess oil to maintain an oil-free skin.
ZAPZYT Acne Treatment Gel– this treatment cream is effective, but like other treatment cream products it causes skin dryness and thus moisturizing creams should be used together
Phiosderm Anti-Blemish Cleansing Pads and Phisoderm Cream Cleanser for Sensitive Skin– this treatment cream is good for sensitive skin. It is free of alcohol, soap, fragrance and dye. It is hypoallergenic and helps to nourish the skin with Vitamin E. It comes with a cleansing pad that is ideal for sensitive skin but is tough on adult acne.