Many people believe that acne, an inflammatory skin condition that causes pus-filled bumps, is just a rite of passage of puberty and that their skin will be clear throughout adulthood. Adult acne, however, is very common. In addition to pimples, it can include swelling, skin irritation, and cysts. When left untreated, adult acne can result in unsightly scars and skin damage.
What Causes Adult Acne?
From hormonal changes to stress, medication to environmental impact, adult acne can have many causes. Makeup can clog pours, as can bacteria, which is normally from touching your face. Emotional stress, pregnancy, and physical causes, such as cold weather or dehydration, can also cause adult acne.
Caring for Your Skin
The first step in treating adult acne is to develop a sound skincare regimen, which includes washing your face twice a day using a gentle cleanser and warm water. When you wash your face, use a clean, soft cloth, your hands, or an exfoliating brush. Pat dry your skin gently and use a water-based moisturizer. You should also use sunblock of SPF 30 or higher to protect your skin.
Treating Adult Acne
There are many treatments available for adult acne, from over-the-counter creams containing salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. There are also prescription creams like Retinol and pills, including antibiotics and certain birth control pills. Some people find success with light therapy or seek treatment for acne scars with laser therapy.
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