Ugh. I thought we got past this.

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

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So you missed that awkward acne phase as a kid. Score!

You may have had braces and “coke-bottom” glasses yes, but not being afflicted with acne at least put you well ahead of not falling dead last on the high-school D-listers. You grew out of the braces, swapped the glasses for contacts, at least when you came out of the house, and was able to lead a pretty ‘normal’ life.

Sure you’re smart, but lets face it, ‘smart’ only counts when you need to prove something; your youthful, even-toned, glowing skin could have easily been considered your passport in life.

Then you hit your 30s/ 40s even and EEEEK. What is that lump? and why does it have a twin?… and why do their cousins visit you the week after? Worse… why aren’t they LEAVING?

Adult acne my friends. And you thought you had problems before, now this.

Most adult acne is related to hormones. Females are more susceptible to this condition than males, largely because of the many instances of hormone fluctuations that they may encounter:

- Birth control pills
- Pregnancy
- Lactation
- Menopause and
- Hormonal therapy for example.


Normally, adult acne acne is hormone related. If this is the case, all the OTC skin care products in the world will not be able to ‘cure’ this acne as hormones and the stress that is normally associated with hormonal issues in some way, form or fashion are both factors that affect the internal functions of the body. Skin care systems that specifically target acne may able suppress the breakout activity and calm the irritation but this would be temporary at best, as the root (internal) cause of the situation isn’t addressed by topical creams.

Acne is tied very closely to the testosterone hormone. That’s why, even though acne affects more females than it does males, males can suffer with acne to a much greater extent, than females do. Skin care professionals normally class acne in grades from 1- 4 (from simple breakouts to scarring/potentially disfiguring activity), so in that case, this means that males will have a tendency to hit that 4 mark more often than females do.

In this case it would be best to consult a dermatologist, in order to diagnose the root cause of your acne, and explore treatment options to help keep breakout activity under wraps.

Additionally, in females acne can also be prementrual (hormones again) as well as a result of the misuse of cosmetics.


Premenstrual adult acne usually affects the chin area. Large, sore, red, inflamed spots (papules) can also appear on the jawline, neck and other areas of the face.

Misuse of Cosmetics

The misuse of cosmetics and skin care products also lead to the formation of adult acne, but this is more considered to be ‘breakouts’ than ‘real severe’ acne; that high grade acne can be as a result of  genetics or hormones. If this is the case a:

1. Proper skin care regimen

2. Proper hygiene practices and

3. Proper skin care/ cosmetic products – those that do not cause clogging of the pores (comedogenic) and those that were formulated for your skin type and skin condition, will address the situation and clear up the skin.

Yep, Yep. You bet.


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