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Most people associate
acne with teenagers. However, acne can
affect people of all ages including adults in their thirties and forties. While the pimples that appear on an adult’s
face looks identical to the ones on a teenager’s, they appear for different
reasons and at different times. This
guide will explain the differences between teen acne and adult acne to help you
understand how they should be treated.
Before we jump into the
differences between teen acne and adult acne, there are a couple of
similarities worth noting. The first one is that all pimples form in the same
way. They occur when the skin’s hair
follicles become blocked with dead skin cells, bacteria, and oil. They can form whiteheads, blackheads,
papules, pustules, nodules, and cysts.
These blockages are
almost always related to the over-production of sebum by the sebaceous
gland, which is found inside skin follicles.
Sebum is designed to moisturize the skin and hair — but too much of it
causes skin follicles to become clogged.
Another similarity is
that genetics play a role in determining how likely it is that you will have
teen acne or adult acne. I know, that’s
not good news! However, there are solutions like AcnEase that can help to reduce the severity of acne caused by
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Acne breakouts are
often triggered by hormonal activity.
That’s because high levels of certain hormones can cause the sebaceous
glands to become much more active, producing excessive amounts of sebum. The sebum that is produced clogs up the skin
follicles and causes pimples to develop.
The link between
hormonal activity and excessive sebum production explains why teenagers usually
have acne. Their hormones are
fluctuating because they are going through puberty, dramatically increasing
There is also a
difference between how likely each gender is to experience acne. Teenage boys tend to have more severe acne
than teenage girls. That’s because their
bodies generate a lot of testosterone during puberty, which is one of the main
hormones responsible for acne.
The reverse is true for
adults. Women have more acne breakouts
than men because their hormones fluctuate during menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause. Women using the birth control pill may also
experience more frequent acne episodes because it changes their hormone levels.
Some adults will also
develop skin conditions that cause acne-like symptoms later in life. One of the most common of those acne-like
skin conditions is rosacea.
Although it has similar symptoms to acne, it must be treated
Teenagers and adults
tend to experience acne on different parts of the face. Teenagers will usually have breakouts on the
forehead, nose and chin. Adults, on the
other hand, will often have breakouts on the lower section of the face,
including the chin and jaw.
Because teenage acne is
triggered by the ongoing process of puberty, it tends to stick around for long
periods. A teenager might be battling
the same breakout for weeks or months as more pimples appear. Adult acne tends to be more sporadic. An adult might have one or two pimples appear
randomly, then experience clear skin for a few weeks. However, if an adult develops a skin
condition like rosacea, they will constantly have to manage their acne-like
When the underlying
causes of adult acne prevail and individuals who left puberty behind still have
acne in their mid and late twenties, thirties and beyond we face a problem of
Chronic acne need to be addressed very seriously as
untreated may lead to acne scars and marks on the face and body.
Many adults find that acne breakouts may be exasperated by additions factors (triggers). For example overly aggressive diet, too strenuous exercise ( increases production of androgens in both women and men – the major culprit in overstimulating sebaceous , stress; as well as lack of sleep and even environmental factors are common to exasperate acne in adults as they further intensify fluctuation of hormones.
and teen are treated similarly with the
difference that Adults usually have chronic and severe acne so need a longer
treatment and higher dose.
adult should specifically retarin from products that can age and dry the skin
that is those with benzoyl
peroxide. And salicylic acid. In addition those products carry now a FDA
warning that they may be cancerogenic especially if combined with UV rays (sun
exposure). Adults with acne still should use age preventive treatment but
choose them wisely so they do it clog the pores.
Most acne sufferers can
benefit from using this approach
Acne is a stubborn
problem for both teenagers and adults!
To beat it once and for all, you will need to use a comprehensive skin care
routine and a systemic
treatment like AcnEase.
AcnEase is an all-natural supplement that reduces the amount of sebum
produced by the skin. It is a
proprietary blend of natural ingredients that have been proven to reduce the
severity of acne breakouts.