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What You Need To Know About Adult Acne

Dr.Ingky Dermatologist
What You Need To Know About Adult Acne

Ninety percent of the world's population suffer from acne, and we know that acne is generally a teenage problem and as we get older acne tends to disappear. However, in some cases, acne only starts to appear after the age of 25 and that is adult acne. Yes, adults get acne. Adult acne, or post-adolescent acne, is acne that occurs after age 25. Some adults continue to get acne well into their 30s, 40s, and even 50s, where most of them have dry skin. Therefore, these people suffer from acne prone skin or acne breakouts.

Well, into the 50s, adult acne is a serious problem whereby it affects millions and millions of people all over the world. So, if you're suffering from adult acne, what should you do? First of all, is to understand the causes of adult acneThe four factors that directly contribute to acne are:

1. Increase in sebum production: this is usually caused by either hormonal changes or genetic issues
2. Enough sebum it clogs up the pores: Once it clogs up the pores it produces an environment rife for acne to grow
3. Bacterial overgrowth: Too much sebum attracts a lot of bacteria, and it is easier for you to get an acne
4. Stress: As an adult, being stressed from work, your relationship, family or money is part of life. Stress can contribute to more acne to occur, so if you're suffering from adult acne, you need to find ways to relieve your stress such as meditate or anything that makes you feel calm.

Here are the five things that you should do to reduce your adult acne:

1. Increase your zinc intake

Several studies support that zinc are effective as well as antibiotics in reducing inflammatory lesions in patients with moderate inflammatory acne. Zinc also reduces the amount of sebum production and reduces the activity of bacteria that causes acne. You can start taking food rich in zinc, for instance, nuts and as well as red meat. The easiest way is to go down to your drugstore or your pharmacy and get zinc supplements. Zinc supplements work much quicker than diets.

2. Ease your stress

Stress doesn't cause acne directly, but there are many factors related to stress that help to build the perfect environment for breakouts. That's because acne doesn't start with your skin, it starts with your hormones. For example, cortisol, a hormone released during stress, can increase the amount of oil your skin produces. That oil, called sebum, occurs naturally in small amounts in your skin. But when you produce too much, it can cause the perfect storm for acne by both clogging pores and creating a breeding ground for acne-causing bacteria to grow.

Therefore, the main thing you should do is reduce the amount of stress, for instance, go for a quick jog go and do some exercises. These activities will relieve the amount of stress that you have. However, if you're someone who's already constantly exercising and you're still getting a lot of acne, maybe there are other things that you might want to venture. You can try meditation yoga or occasional retreats away from work or away from things that you're stressed out.

3. Increase water intake

Even though water doesn't have a direct correlation with acne, but those who drink plenty of fluids plain water actually has lesser acne. Acnes are often caused due to excessive heat and oil production in the body, and water works great on both these issues. Drinking water keeps your body hydrated with fluids, cools down the body’s temperature, which helps in reducing the body heat. Apart from that, dry skin is a result of dehydration, and this lack of water in your system can lead to excessive oil secretion from skin which gives way to acne causing bacteria to thrive. However, adding 6 to 8 glasses of water daily can help in maintaining a healthy balance of water in the body and help in reducing the acnes, dryness and improves skin elasticity.

4. Start yourself on Vitamin A

There are two ways of using vitamin A, either orally or topically. Vitamin A can be found in food which are orange or red in color. Carrots have very high levels of beta-carotene, which is vitamin A that helps in reducing acne because vitamin A reduces amount of sebum production. For vitamin A, you can start with retinol or retinoids. Adapalene or tretinoin have a direct effect on your skin to reduce the amount of sebum you have, and it also helps with anti-aging.

5. Consult your doctor

If you have tried everything and nothing works, it's time to seek professional help. Doctors will go through your entire medical history and diet with you and from there, it will help tweak your health. Doctors might prescribe Roaccutane or isotretinoin for you and isotretinoin given in short duration in a couple of months can help reduce and get rid of your adult acne really quickly. The doctor might also prescribe some medical great skin care for you which is necessary to help reduce the amount of acne and potential scarring that you might have. So,don't be afraid to go and see your doctor.

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