The Truth About Adult Acne

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I have so many of my friends that are suffering with acne. They pull me to the side and ask for a quick treatment but it there isn’t always one simple answer. Acne isn’t supposed to follow you from high school throughout life but some people can’t find a way to get rid of those pimples, even with great skin care. If you’re trying to understand why your skin hasn’t cleared up or looking for acne treatment then pay attention.

While it’s true that acne is more prevalent during teenage years, adulthood doesn’t always give you a get-out-of -acne-free card. Here’s why: As a teen, your body makes extra androgens, which are sometimes called male hormones. But don’t let the name fool you: both men’s and women’s bodies produce androgens, just in differing amounts. In fact, androgens are key to more than 200 functions in women’s bodies! Thing is, increased androgens can ALSO lead to pimples! As you finish developing in early adulthood, the androgens, and therefore pimple production, slows down.

Not all young people are fully developed when they reach 18, which can account for some cases of young adult acne. And since androgen production increases during a woman’s period, it makes sense that more young adult women have to deal with acne. Plus, a Stanford University study showed that acne worsens during times of serious stress-like situations.

While it’s a bummer, pimple production does slow down significantly by the time you hit your twenties. And only some adults over thirty deal with recurrent acne issues. If you’re not willing to wait it out, your adulthood treatment options go even further than the pharmacy’s over-the-counter aisle. Moderate acne may require prescription antibiotics in pill or cream form. These are designed to kill acne-causing bacteria and reduce inflammation.

Very severe acne may need a doctor’s touch, either with drainage of pimples, or, in the most sever cases, surgery to remove them. The bottom line? There’s no need to live with adult acne but you are going to have to do more than ask for the easiest treatment. You have to put in your due diligence to keep your skin in tip-top shape.