Adult Acne?

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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.


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