You can suffer from acne at any age. If you find yourself falling victim to harsh and painful blemishes on a regular basis – you could be suffering from adult acne. NHS.UK reports that more than 80 per cent of adult acne cases occur in women.
Acne is caused when the hair follicles, which are tiny holes in your skin, become blocked. Attached to these hair follicles are sebaceous glands (found near the surface of your skin). These produce an oily substance called sebum in order to stop the hair and skin drying out. If there is too much sebum, it begins to mix with dead skin cells and this is what results in spots. Acne can also be genetic – according to NHS.UK, if one or both of your parents had adult acne, you are more likely to get adult acne too. Certain medicines, such as steroid medications, are also thought to trigger the condition.
Treating acne depends on how severe it is. If you think you may be suffering from adult acne it’s best to seek medical advice, as your GP will be able to provide you with prescription treatments that are suited to your needs. If you only have a few blemishes, you should be able to treat them successfully with over-the-counter gels or creams that contain benzoyl peroxide – it’s believed that this works by destroying the bacteria associated with acne. There are also a number of do-it-yourself techniques that may help to treat your acne. NHS.UK recommends not washing the affected area more than twice a day with a mild soap or cleanser, as frequent washing can irritate the skin and make acne worse.