Adult Acne Myths: Does Acne Go Away On Its Own?
understand that skin problems effect almost everyone growing up, but
the fact that some of us experience acne in our mid-to-late 20's, 30's,
40's and even 50's or perhaps never fully outgrow acne breakouts, is
hard to accept. It is estimated that over 30% of women and more than 20%
of men ages 20 to 60 (and beyond) are troubled by acne. Over 60 million
people suffer from acne in the USA alone, and another 70 million experience acne related breakouts in Canada and Europe.
What Causes Adult Acne?
Adult acne is caused by an over production of sebum, an oily substance
produced by the skin's sebaceous glands. Sebum clogs pores, which can
support bacterial growth and inflammation. For some adults, acne
breakouts are a result of a hypersensitivity to or over production of
androgens (male hormones). This is a prevailing cause of acne in men and
athletes of both genders as androgens are powerful stimulators of
sebaceous glands. Both women and men produce testosterone, estrogen and
progesterone; the difference is how much and what really is needed for
different genders. It should be noted that an imbalance in both male and
female hormones (estrogen) can also cause breakouts. For women, this
can happen during pregnancy, perimenopause and menopause. Some
medications, such as corticosteroids, and cosmetics can also contribute
to the development of acne.
Myths Regarding Adult Acne
Adults don't have acne. The skin issues are related to allergies.
Adults have acne and acne is not an allergy. Skin allergies usually
manifest as hives (they will look like insects bites) or welts (red
patches) related to a histamine release in the skin, whereas acne takes
the form of pimples, comedones, zits, cysts, blackheads and whiteheads,
which are related to an inflammatory response around the hair follicle.
Adult acne cannot be treated.
Adult acne can and should be treated. Acne can affect many aspects of a
person's life, not just their skin. Before choosing an acne treatment,
READ THE LABELS and carefully measure potential side effects against the
expected results. Beware of the serious adverse effects associated with
Isotretinoin (Accutane and its generic forms), long term and short term
negative impact of broad spectrum antibiotics and warnings associated
with Retinoids. Also, beware of promises that are to good to be true -
don't waste your money. Acne doesn't occur overnight, so it won't go
away overnight. Look for natural ingredients, clinical safety
documentation and real consumer testimonials.
My acne has been "on-and-off" for years. It will go away eventually.
will not go away on its own when left untreated or treated by products
that are meant for short-term use. It can turn into chronic acne, which
requires longer-term treatment because of its persistent nature.
Furthermore, some short-term acne solutions may have a number of adverse
side effects when used long-term. Personalized information and
education on the short and long-term approaches to acne treatment and
support for the psychological impacts of this long-term fight with acne
are also vital to combat adult and chronic acne in a truly successful
With the Promise of Clear Skin,