Adult acne has been on the rise, according to the International Dermal Institute. Once thought of as a teenager’s concern, acne is becoming increasingly prevalent among people aged 25-40 in age. 54 % of women over the age of 25 have some facial acne. Adult acne is not an isolated situation: it impacts more than one out of every two women. It’s time to have a conversation about what adult acne is, why it’s becoming more common, and what can be done to treat adult acne.
What is Adult Acne?
Acne is the inflammation or infection of the sebaceous glands; the sebaceous glands lubricate hair follicles. Pimples, blackheads, and persistent breakouts are all characteristic of acne. Acne is considered adult acne when the person affected by acne is over the age of 25.
Why is Adult Acne becoming more widespread?
In a word, stress. Stress affects the body’s hormones, which stimulates oil production in the skin. The oilier your skin is, the more susceptible you become to acne. Stress comes in two forms – acute and chronic. Acute stress is associated with an intense, short term event, and is known to cause problem breakouts. Chronic stress is the type experienced regularly, on a long-term basis – for example, the stress that comes with a challenging job, raising a family, or changing and uncertain circumstances. Chronic stress, cosmetics use, and fluctuating hormone levels are all contributing factors to adult acne; all three factors are also common in women aged 25-40, where the biggest rate increases have been seen.
What can be done about Adult Acne?
Adult Acne can impact your life in many ways. Many people experience elevated levels of stress about their acne, and they don’t feel comfortable with their appearance. Treatment options for adult acne are best determined on an individualized basis. In some instances, prescription medications may be the most direct route to addressing adult acne. Another option is laser treatment for acne. Safe and virtually painless, acne laser treatments improve the texture, tone, and clarity of the skin. To find out what treatment option is best for your adult acne, schedule your private clinical consultation at SkinCenter today!