Five Reasons You STILL Have Acne

You’re One of the Unlucky 50 Percent

What’s happening: Half of all women will suffer from acne at some point in their post-teen years, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Acne is most often triggered by hormonal fluctuations during puberty (as you remember) as well as during pregnancy, perimenopause, menopause and even when you change birth control methods. The five reasons you STILL have acne.

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Five Reasons You STILL Have Acne


What it looks like:
Cyst-looking bumps that hurt like the dickens and last forever. While younger acne takes over the T-zone, adult pimples usually appear on the chin and neck and along the jawline. They’ll be at their worst just before you get your period.

What to try: As a quick fix, your dermatologist may inject the site with inflammation-calming cortisone. To prevent these types of breakouts in the future, s/he may talk to you about spironolactone, an oral medication that blocks the androgen hormones often responsible for adult acne.

You’re Searching for the Elixir of Youth

What’s happening: There are countless products to prevent and treat the signs of aging, but sampling several of them at once may inadvertently lead to pimples. In addition, many antiaging products have heavy-duty moisturizers to help with age-related dryness, and those can clog pores if you have acne-prone skin.

What it looks like: You’re not just spotty but also uncharacteristically shiny.

What to try: If you have acne-prone skin, look for products that are “oil-free” or “non-comedogenic” and try one at a time. She also recommends keeping an eye out for these ingredients, which are more likely to aggravate acne: lanolin, squalene, alcohols (isopropyl myristate), oils (mineral oil, coconut butter, oil) and sodium lauryl sulfate.

You Don’t Have Adult Acne. (You Have This.)

What’s happening: The good news: You don’t have acne! The bad news: You may have perioral dermatitis, a skin condition that’s common among middle-age women and is often mistaken for acne. Experts don’t really know what causes it, she adds, but it’s a variant of rosacea and has been linked to the prolonged use of topical steroid creams and inhaled prescription steroid sprays, overuse of some heavy face creams, skin irritants and (weirdly) fluorinated toothpaste.

What it looks like: A red, bumpy rash around the mouth and lower face. It can also be scaly or irritated-looking.

What to try: Dermatologists usually treat this condition with a course of antibiotics or anti-inflammatories.

You’re Overwhelmed by Adult Responsibilities

What’s happening: Stress and exhaustion cause your cortisol levels to spike, and this can result in an increase in testosterone as well as pimply skin, Edible “stress relievers” you’re getting from the vending machine (i.e., cans of soda, bags of M&Ms) aren’t helping, as foods like these, with a high glycemic index, can aggravate acne.

What it looks like: These are usually the same pimples you remember from your youth: red, white and annoying all over (they often appear in clusters).

What to try: Topical ointments with benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid, the gold standards for treating teen acne, can be too harsh for adult skin. They often cause dryness, which can be a problem for women who are dealing with an age-related lack of moisture. Look for acne products with a lower concentration of pimple-busting active ingredients. (And try to get to bed earlier.)

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What’s Touching Your Face.

You Recently Renovated Your Powder Room

What’s happening: You finally have your own private sink and vanity…which means you’re paying more attention to your skin than ever before.Adult patients tend to spend more time in front of the magnifying mirror and are more likely to deal with breakouts by picking obsessively or slathering on multiple treatments.

What it looks like: Inflamed, red, scabby, positively volcanic. And because cell turnover slows with age,the picked pimples will take even longer to heal and are more likely to leave scars in woman of a certain age.

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Source: Huffington Post | Five Reasons You STILL Have Acne

Why Do I Have Adult Acne?

What Causes Adult Acne?

You’d have thought that by your age you would have outgrown your acne. So why are you breaking out now? What Causes Adult Acne.

Medical Dermatologist Larry Jaeger relates that acne is the most common skin disorder in the United States, and not just for teenagers. Many adults have acne. It’s frustrating problem, especially when you expected to leave your skin problems behind in high school.

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Acne can happen in both adult men and women. But what causes acne during adulthood?

You’d have thought that by your age you would have outgrown your acne. So why are you breaking out now?

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Adult Acne Breakouts

According to Larry Jaeger, Acne is the most common skin disorder in the United States, and not just for teenagers. Many adults have acne. It’s frustrating problem, especially when you expected to leave your skin problems behind in high school.

Acne can happen in both adult men and women. But what causes acne during adulthood:

  • Hormonal Factors: Just like during the teen years (puberty, anyone?) fluctuating hormones can cause acne flare ups.
  • Androgens are hormones released from the adrenal glands, the ovaries, and the testes. These hormones stimulate the sebaceous, or oil, glands increasing oil production and creating a skin that is more prone to pore blockages and breakouts.

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More Hormonal Imbalance – Acne Outbreaks.

Adult onset acne most commonly affects women because, let’s face it, women are more “hormonal” than men. Sharp hormonal fluctuations occur during ovulation and menstruation, pregnancy, perimenopause, and menopause, and can also be caused by using certain birth control medications. Women may see their acne suddenly develop, or worsen, during these periods of life.

Adult acne may strike women at a greater rate than men, but that doesn’t mean men are immune to acne. For the guys, acne usually starts in the teen years and then lingers into adulthood.

Advanced Dermatology Associates Medical Director, Larry Jaeger agrees that men tend to have more severe and longer lasting acne than women, because of the higher levels of testosterone within the body.

However, it is not uncommon for acne in men to last 10 years or more, if left untreated.

Dr. Larry Jaeger is a board certified dermatologist in New York City and Medical Director of Advanced Dermatology Associates, a state of the art medical practice with multiple locations in Manhattan and the Bronx. Dr Larry Jaeger and his group of board certified dermatologist and medical providers are expert in the diagnosis and treatment of all skin, hair and nail disorders and specialize in the practice of medical, cosmetic and surgical dermatology.

Advanced Dermatology Associates accept all Insurance Plans, HMOs, PPOs as well as Medicare and Medicaid.