Acne isn’t just for teenagers. A 2018 review of studies in the journal Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology reported a significant increase in adult acne. One reason may be stress and hormones, according to the International Dermal Institute. They say, “Clinical studies indicate that between 40 and 55 percent of the adult population age 20-40 are diagnosed with low grade, persistent acne and oily skin. According to the Journal of American Academy of Dermatology, 54 percent of women older than age 25 have some facial acne.”
Acne often occurs in women who are pregnant or just after pregnancy, but stress is also causing many of us to break out more often. Adults also get acne as a side effect of some medications or as a result of hair and skin care products. In some cases, women who have long been on birth control (which fights acne) stop taking it and find their skin going through “new puberty.”
Acne is aggravating at any age, but at least as a teen, you’re surrounded by others with the same problem. As an adult, you worry about wrinkles, sagging skin, crows feet and more. A teenager’s skin is not part of the plan. Acne feels more out of place in your business meeting. So what can you do about it? Over-the-counter remedies you may have used as a teen or that work for your teenager may not help you because they often target oily skin. Your skin at 35 or 45 is more likely to be dry, and those products probably do not address your other skin challenges.
Our skin care team at Generations will identify your skin type and find the right treatment for you. Some of these treatments include:
If you’re struggling with acne, contact our team for guidance on a custom regimen to clear it up this spring.