Dealing with Adult Onset Acne

Some people think acne only affects teenagers. They're wrong!

Adult onset acne is alive and well. In fact acne is an equal opportunity skin disorder. It affects mostly young people between 12 and 24 years old, but even babies and mature ("older" sounds less flattering) people sometimes have acne.

Adult acne comes in many forms. There is ordinary acne that continues into adult life - it's called persistent acne for obvious reasons. I have first-hand knowledge of this kind of acne.

Then there's chin acne. Some mature (you can tell I like this word!) women develop this type of acne before their period. "Mature" here means over 35, by the way.

And some people who never had acne before suddenly develop sporadic acne when they are older. Sometimes, it seems there's no reason for this. In rare cases, tumors that produce androgen (the male hormone) may cause sporadic acne.

Using drugs, anabolic steroids and some cosmetic products can trigger acne in mature adults. But, in general, the causes of adult onset acne aren't always clear.

If you have any of these types of acne, and you don't want to use medicines, try this simple strategy.

Wash your face with a gentle lotion cleanser or facial scrub. After cleansing, use a non-alcohol toner and a non-greasy moisturizer. Do this twice a day, in the morning and at night. And use a clay mask once or twice a week. How hard can that be?

Not as hard as dealing with all of the possible side effects you can get from using acne medicines, that's for sure!

Remember that mature skin is more easily irritated by many acne medicines. Mature (OK, I promise that's the last time I'll use this word here) people respond more slowly (than younger people) to treatment.

Is adult acne skin care different from the other acne tips elsewhere on this site? Not really. As a mature adult, you're more likely to follow a skin care routine without expecting instant gratification.

And that's a good thing. Because even the strongest acne drugs (and I'm not suggesting you use them) need time to work.

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