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Why is adult acne on the rise?

Tuesday 11 November 2014    

More than ever before, adults are enduring the challenges of oily and acneic skin conditions.

Research at the international dermal institute indicates that acne arsing in adulthood is more likely to be inflammatory, with fewer blackheads than teenage acne and lesions predominantly located around the mouth, chin and jaw line. Likewise, adults often have sensitized skin, or a combination of skin conditions in addition to their acne, which makes treatment more challenging that the treatment of teens, who generally have more resilient, uniform oily skin.

Adult acne is triggered by hormones, acne   can occur at any stage in our lives. The primary aggravating factor leading to adult acne is chronic stress. We all know that acute stress can cause breakout from time to time. But chronic, continual stress increases hormone levels, which can lead to an increase in oil production.

Adult acne can be aggravated by internal and external factors. Internally, the psychological effects of adult acne can contribute to continued flare-ups and breakouts. When adults are frustrated by the signs of acne on their skin, it causes additional emotional stress, which contributes to a continued increase in excess activity to sebaceous glands and leads to the continued cycle of breakouts.

Some dermatologists choose to place female clients suffering with adult acne on oral contraceptives. Oral contraceptives contain estrogen and progestin, which can help decrease the androgen activity responsible for adult acne. While often effective, this does leave clients open to the side effects that accompany oral contraceptives.

As Skin care therapists controlling adult acne is a combination of professional treatments such as dermalogica facials, dermalogica bio active peel  and microdermabrasion. But also prescribing a home care regime , that controls breakouts helping to clear the skin.