Most people think of acne as something that affects only teens. But did you know that 50 percent of adult women and 25 percent of adult men suffer from it as adults? Regardless of age, you may find yourself with acne problems. Fortunately, there are plenty of new treatments on the market to help combat this issue.
What Causes Adult Acne?
So why is it, after using every cleaner and soap on the market, you can still find yourself with pimply skin? According to research, acne is caused when:
- Bacteria reproduce at an excessive rate
- Pores are blocked by oil and debris from the sebaceous gland
- The sebaceous glands are large and produce a great deal of oil
- Genetics and hormones usually play a large role in acne problems. It can also be caused by side effects of medications, pregnancy hormones, menopause, stress, oily makeup and profuse sweating.
When a pore is blocked by bacteria and oil, it cannot function correctly. This can lead to whiteheads, swelling, pus or fluid filled bumps, and scars. As with teens, adult acne often affects the face. However, it can also affect the arms, buttocks, legs and torso.
Adult acne can leave sore, itchy, burning spots on the face. It can also be physically distracting, leading to low self esteem. Adults who rely on their appearance for work or relaxation are especially interested in treatments and remedies.